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Labour’s responsible capitalism agenda: Takeovers and the public interest

  • Date(s)
    15 October 2013
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    Policy Network, 11 Tufton Street, Westminster, SW1P 3QB
Labour’s responsible capitalism agenda: Takeovers and the public interest

Policy Network and Labour Finance and Industry Group (LFIG) will host a debate on “Labour’s Responsible Capitalism Agenda: Takeovers and the Public Interest.” The event will take place from 12.00 - 13.30 on 15 October.

The aim is to bring together a small group of politicians and policymakers, journalists, business figures and thinktank experts to debate Labour’s responsible capitalism agenda, and how a centre-left government might act to restore the link between gain and growth in a more competitive global era.  

The event will be informed by the paper “Takeovers and the Public Interest; Responsible Capitalism in Practice”, which underlines that UK takeovers are more common, more likely to be hostile, and more likely to succeed than in any other major economy in the world. Evidence suggests that a significant proportion of takeover activity is neither beneficial to the creation of long-term shareholder value, the industrial base, the national economy nor society as a whole. Contrasting the levels and nature of takeovers in the UK with other economies, the authors argue, therefore, that current institutions and regulatory regimes are not adequate and that a broader public interest test for certain takeovers should be reintroduced and applied through a new independent body and test.

Aeron Davis, professor of political communication, Goldsmiths University of London
David Offenbach, chair, Labour Finance and Industry Group (LFIG)
Leo Ringer, head of financial services and corporate governance, CBI
Anousha Sakoui, M&A Correspondent, The Financial Times
Iain Wright, Labour MP and shadow minister for competitiveness and enterprise

This event is hosted in partnership with Labour Finance and Industry Group (LFIG).

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