Disclosure of corporate governance-related information in Europe compares favourably with Asia, but less so with North America, according to a new Standard & Poor’s report. In the European section of its global transparency and disclosure study, the ratings agency noted that disclosure of governance-related information in the UK, France and the Netherlands is among the highest globally; and within Europe, disclosure standards are lowest in Italy and Spain. It also claimed that European companies provide consistently high levels of financial information, but are weaker in disclosing ownership information and investor rights in annual reports. Furthermore, the varying practices in individual countries suggest that governance-related disclosure is not constrained by local regulatory filing requirements, according to the firm.
A report by broking group Marsh examines the repercussions from the administration of the South Korean company, which filed for bankruptcy protection at the end of August.
Global research by C2FO suggests that smaller businesses are less concerned with the repercussions of Brexit and the upcoming US presidential election.
A squeeze on skilled talent means it now takes an average of seven weeks to fill open permanent roles in finance in the UK according to new research from financial services recruitment firm Robert Half.
Early-stage merger and acquisition deals in Asia-Pacific show nearly 10% year-on-year growth in recent months.