4 charts show why South Africa earned the reputation of ‘Safe Haven’ for investors

  In 2014, South Africa came to be known as the ‘safe haven’ for investors among the Emerging Markets. A comparison of the BRICS nations with developed nations on parameters of corporate governance, as reported in the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2013-14, shows us why. Good corporate governance and ethical practices by companies are considered… Read More 4 charts show why South Africa earned the reputation of ‘Safe Haven’ for investors

CAG audit of private telecom companies – Governance or Interference?

  In a verdict yesterday, the Delhi High Court allowed the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India to audit the accounts of private telecom companies under the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Act. This his kind of ruling was unthinkable even a few years back as CAG was and is still largely seen… Read More CAG audit of private telecom companies – Governance or Interference?

Shareholder Engagement or Activism ?

  Continuing from my last post ‘ Is shareholder engagement good for companies? ’,  here we look at the scope of shareholders engagement and different approaches to shareholder engagement. What is the scope of shareholder engagement? Shareholders have a legitimate role in areas pertaining to: Corporate Strategy – such as mergers, diversification, restructuring, non core… Read More Shareholder Engagement or Activism ?

Is shareholder engagement good for companies?

  Shareholder activism has increased significantly in the last few years, particularly after the financial crisis of 2008. However, it has since then been a debatable topic, as it is difficult to quantify “appropriate” level of shareholder engagement, which is desirable for achieving effective governance, while adding to business value. Quite often there is an… Read More Is shareholder engagement good for companies?

Companies Bill 2012– Giving Voice to Minority Investors in India

  The passing of The Companies Bill 2012 by Rajya Sabha on 8th August,2013,  is a step forward towards transformation in the corporate governance practices of the country. The new bill that requires President’s assent for it to become law, replaces the Companies Act of 1956. The bill, when enacted will bring in reforms to… Read More Companies Bill 2012– Giving Voice to Minority Investors in India

Role of Independent board directors in Indian companies

The probe into Satyam scam is finally over.  SEBI has barred Satyam Computer’s founder B Ramalinga Raju and four others from markets for 14 years and asked them to return Rs 1,849 crore worth of unlawful gains with interest. Following the takeover of scam-hit firm Satyam by Tech Mahindra in 2010, Mahindras were contemplating to sue the… Read More Role of Independent board directors in Indian companies