NEWS

22.04.2024

What is the role of AI on boards as an enabling and/or a participative mechanism? In this piece, just published by Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, our Managing Director, Alissa Kole, comments on the recent appointment of an AI board member on the board of IHC, an Abu Dhabi International Holding Company (ADX:IHC). The article dives into a need for a fresh approach to corporate governance in the era of AI, exploring the legal implications for boards and regulators. Click here to read the full article.

27.03.2024

We are pleased to announce the release of the latest episode of Governance Dialogues on our YouTube channel. Join Alissa Kole and Andrew White in exploring the dynamic interplay between effective leadership and robust governance structures. Click here to listen and engage in the conversation.

21.02.2024

Our Managing Director, Alissa Kole, took part in the Saudi Capital Market Forum 2024 held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on February 19-20th. Our participation has highlighted a growing internationalisation of the Saudi market, particularly in terms of institutional investment and dual listings such as Americana Restaurants (in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi). We are impressed by these positive dynamics to be reinforced by Aramco's possible secondary tranche listing.

10.02.2024

GOVERN CENTER took part in insightful discussions during the Middle East Investor Relations Association Saudi Chapter meeting, where Hubert Lafeuille shared his journey of taking Arabian Drilling public and discussed fostering investor engagement alongside Mazen Al-Sudairi, CFA, CMT.

07.02.2024

Our Managing Director, Alissa Kole, took part in the second edition of the PIF Private Sector Forum held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on February 6-7, 2024. This forum aligns with PIF’s strategic initiative to enhance private-sector engagement. The event served as a platform to highlight business opportunities within PIF and its portfolio companies, indicating potential openings for investors and suppliers while fostering collaboration.

30.11.2023

Our Managing Director, Alissa Kole, recently participated in the PIF Directors’ Gathering, a platform fostering connections and knowledge exchange among PIF Directors from diverse countries and sectors. This event aimed to inspire and generate insights, helping directors identify paths to success today and tomorrow. The event took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 29-30.

15.10.2023

The OECD held an international consultation on the ongoing revision of the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises, an internationally recognised tool setting standards for states as shareholders, boards and executives of state-invested companies. GOVERN has provided inputs and comments on this event, held in Paris last week. We are sharing these comments, which will be taken into consideration in the revision process, including among other inputs provided by the stakeholders in the revision process, and thank the OECD for inviting us to contribute to the process of revision of this important international standard.

29.09.2023

We are pleased to share an article “Global Corporate Governance Rules Are Changing“, authored by our Managing Director, Alissa Kole.

29.09.2023

Governments often acquire ownership stakes or restrict foreign investments in strategic companies. But few countries have an ownership policy or equivalent. Such lack of clarity may lead to boards being either ineffective or bypassed altogether. In her new article, our Managing Director, Alissa Kole, writes that governments with important SOE portfolios must develop a legal framework governing companies that receive state investment. Click here to read the full article.

19.03.2023

We are pleased to release a new video on our YouTube channel where we explore the governance of Facebook with Frederick Alexander, the founder and leader of Shareholder Commons. Click here to listen and engage in the conversation.

30.01.2023

This week, our Managing Director Alissa Kole weighs in on the recent Twitter developments with a focus on governance of the social media giant that Elon Musk has taken private. This article is part of a series focusing on the governance of BigTech, one of the central topics for Govern Center’s work this year. Click here to read the full article.

02.12.2022

We are pleased to share an article authored by our Managing Director, Alissa Kole, on governance failures at Twitter, recently delisted and taken private by Elon Musk. In the publication, she suggests that Twitter and Big Tech companies of similar nature should be subject to more rigorous governance rules in order to address their externalities. Click here to read the full article.

04.11.2022

In the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, hundreds of foreign companies withdrew from the country, many of them going beyond compliance with regulations and sanctions. To what extent was this reaction based on ethical considerations versus compliance prerogatives? In the new episode of Governance Dialogues with Dr. Anete Pajuste, Professor at Stockholm School of Economics (Riga), we consider this question based on new research that examines the decision-making of over six hundred companies listed on the S&P 500 and STOXX 600 indices. Click here to listen and engage in the conversation.

26.09.2022

We are pleased to release a new video on our Youtube channel where we discuss the private equity industry with Mark Maybank, Managing Partner at Maverix Private Equity based in Canada. It is time to take a closer look at governance in the private equity space? Find out the answer by watching the episode.

05.09.2022

We are pleased to release a new video on our YouTube channel where we explore the Italian corporate governance system in conversation with Professor Giovanni Strampelli of Bocconi University. Click here to listen and engage in the conversation.

22.07.2022

We are pleased to release the latest op-ed authored by our Managing Director, Alissa Kole, on the Russia-Ukraine conflict and its implications on corporate governance and ownership. Read the full article.

18.07.2022

We are pleased to release a new video on our YouTube channel. In this episode on Governance Dialogues in conversation with Robert Fay, Director of Digital Economy and the Center for International Governance Innovation in Canada, we dive in to explore challenges specific to data governance – the process of collecting, storing, utilizing, and sharing data by social media platforms and the risks that lacking data governance poses for senior executives and boards. Click here to listen and engage in the conversation.

29.06.2022

We are pleased to release a new video on our YouTube channel. In this episode of Governance Dialogues, in conversation with Dr. Daniela Favoccia, we consider recent regulatory developments notably the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and the proposal on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive. We also explore how the Wirecard scandal and the Russian invasion of Ukraine have affected board perception, prioritization, and mitigation of risks. Click here to listen and engage in the conversation.

29.04.2022

We are pleased to release a new video on our YouTube channel. In this episode, in conversation with Professor Yaron Nili, we discuss the “corporate governance gap”, presented in new research which highlights significant differences in corporate governance between large and smaller cap firms in the United States.  Click here to listen and engage in the conversation.

12.04.2022

GOVERN’s Managing Director Alissa Kole, in her new article for LSE, examines how rising tensions between the U.S. and China are impacting global capital markets. Could this shift alter the dominance of major exchange groups? Read the full article here.

29.03.2022

We are pleased to release a new video on our YouTube channel. In the new episode of Governance Dialogues, in conversation with Dr. Ryan Lemand, a veteran asset manager and a former securities regulator with global experience currently based in the United Arab Emirates, we consider developments in emerging markets over the past few years as well as corporate governance risks for institutional investors.  Click here to listen and engage in the conversation.

12.02.2022

Our Managing Director, Alissa Kole, contributed as a panelist at the University of Pennsylvania Conference, “Transforming in 2022: Cultural and Regulatory Responses”. During her session, she engaged in a discussion on the latest regulatory developments surrounding Chinese firms listed in the United States.

01.01.2022

In a recent interview for Global Finance, our Managing Director, Alissa Kole, shares her views on the listing of Saudi family companies and the development of TADAWUL. Read the interview here.