Governance Fundamentals

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The aim of this Governance Fundamentals course is to provide an understanding of the Governance issues that are addressed by ESG investing and how these are quantified by data vendors.


This course is individuals in Asset or Wealth Management designing, selling or supporting ESG products.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the webinar, participants can:

  • Explain the need for corporate governance
  • Be aware of authoritative sources of governance advice and differences in international norms
  • Be aware of how ownership structures can impact the listed shareholder
  • Describe the role of an auditor
  • Be aware of the key criteria assessed by third party data providers

Course Content

  • Agency Conflict: why we need a corporate governance framework
  • the role of company management, boards and shareholders
  • Case study: when corporate governance goes wrong
  • Hard and soft sources of Corporate Governance
  • Key differences in norms, looking at the UK, US and Germany
  • Case study: UK Companies Act, FRC and the UK Governance Code, FCA & PRA
  • Audit
  • Scope of an audit and the audit expectation gap from the investors perspective
  • What to look for in an audit report and what you won’t find
  • Stacking the dice – how corporate governance can take power from ordinary shareholders
  • Measures that can stop takeovers or leave management with total control
  • Assessment metrics
  • Case study of MSCI ESG ratings


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