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Promoting active and committed share ownership

  • Date(s)
    11 November 2014
  • Time
    08:45 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Location
    Westminster, London
Promoting active and committed share ownership

Britain’s firms on average invest less than their European competitors in both physical capital and R&D. This lower level of investment to some extent explains the lower level of productivity in the UK and the relatively poor export performance. But to what extent can these problems said to be derived from the relationship between companies and their shareholders? Evidence from a recent report suggests that private-equity backed firms enjoy greater rates of investment, productivity and returns as well as a greater preparedness to export. This suggests that the status of shareholders may matter when it comes to longer term commitment and improving the economic performance of the economy.

Following on from recent developments in corporate governance including the Kay Review, a panel of industry experts will debate whether having “skin in the game” promotes better governance? If there are sufficient incentives for asset managers to engage with firms at an appropriate level given opaque cost structures and significant above market returns? Question whether the pension fund industry is structured in such a way that it can effectively support improved corporate governance in both publicly and privately owned firms?

Confirmed speakers:

Michele Giddens, co-founder, Bridges Ventures
Will Pomroy, policy lead, corporate governance, NAPF
Glenn Bedwin, chief operating officer, Absolute Strategy Research and board member at Euro IRP
John Plender, senior editorial writer and columnist, Financial Times

This event forms part of a new project on corporate governance and progressive capitalism led by Policy Network.

The work is kindly sponsored by the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA).

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