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Corporate & Commercial Law
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30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at corporate practitioners and those interested in corporate governance and transactional activity. It aims to explore issues such as whether shareholders need binding votes on executive pay, whether corporate governance rules require more women on company boards and how that might be achieved. It also discusses the current state of M&A activity four years after Lehman’s collapse

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand what the public M&A activity has been like this year;
  • Be aware of the global M&A climate;
  • Understand which sectors are seeing the most activity;
  • Have considered the trends in both public deals and private M&A;
  • Be aware of the amendments in the Prospectus Directive;
  • Understand the changes to the summary of the prospectus;
  • Understand the proportionate disclosure regime and the types of share issues it applies to;
  • Understand withdrawal rights and the changes;
  • Be aware of gender imbalance on boards;
  • Have considered the Davies report and its recommendations;
  • Understand shareholder activism and how it has been manifested;
  • Be aware of the Kay Review and the main issues it identified.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Legislative Updates
Market Update / Hot Topic
Sources and References:
  • The Prospectus Directive (Directive 2003/71/EC);
  • The Prospectus Directive (Directive 2010/73/EU);
  • The Davies Report;
  • Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill 2012;
  • The Kay Review.

In this company law podcast we speak to Rebecca Cousin, a partner at Magic Circle law firm Slaughter & May about several recent and ongoing developments affecting corporate lawyers. Date recorded: 23rd August 2012

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