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a.s.b.l . Confédération Européenne des Associations d’Administrateurs European Confederation of Directors’ Associations. IS THE CURRENT BALANCE OF REGULATION/SOFT CODE RELATING TO BOARD ACTIVITY IN EUROPE APPROPRIATE?. Leda Condoyanni, General Manager Hellenic Corporate Governance Council.

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Is the current balance of regulation soft code relating to board activity in europe appropriate

a.s.b.l.

Confédération Européenne des Associations d’Administrateurs

European Confederation of Directors’ Associations

IS THE CURRENT BALANCE OF REGULATION/SOFT CODE RELATING TO BOARD ACTIVITY IN EUROPE APPROPRIATE?

Leda Condoyanni, General Manager

Hellenic Corporate Governance Council

European Union Corporate Governance Standards

Working Group Meeting, December 17, 2013


Transposition of dir 2006 46

Transposition of DIR 2006/46

The corporate governance “statement shall beincluded as a specific section of the annual report and shallcontain at least the following information:

(a) a reference to:

(i) the corporate governance code to which the companyis subject,and/or

(ii) the corporate governance code which the companymay have voluntarily decided to apply,and/or

(iii) all relevant information about the corporate governancepractices applied beyond the requirementsunder national law.

Where points (i) and (ii) apply, the company shall alsoindicate where the relevant texts are publicly available;were point (iii) applies, the company shall make itscorporate governance practices publicly available.”


Transposition of dir 2006 461

Transposition of DIR 2006/46

  • However, erroneous practices might prevail:

    Some companies consider a subset of the provision of the Code as a complete code in their own right.

  • Need to:

  • Clarify what is meant under (i), (ii), (iii) above

  • Review directive transposition into national legislation


Certain considerations that may affect board structure

Certain considerations that may affect board structure:

  • Ownership structures: dispersed , family controlled , state or, one or more, other block-holders

  • New ownership structures in distressed economies / countries (bank recapitalization, sale of state holdings)

  • Existing CG systems did not protect shareholders

  • Related party transactions still an issue in some countries


Certain considerations that may affect board structure1

Certain considerations that may affect board structure:

  • Who sets the balance between regulation and soft law?

    • regulators

    • stock exchanges

    • market (local institutional investors?)

    • WB Doing Business Report –Protecting Investors Index

  • Role of national CG bodies


Certain considerations that may affect board structure2

Certain considerations that may affect board structure:

  • Role of non-executive members (≠ independent non-executive)

  • Board decisions that should not be delegated

  • Board supervision

  • Trustees in banks, state representatives

  • Should board seats be reserved to minor shareholders?


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