Sunday, October 14, 2007

Revised SWX Corporate Governance

The self-regulated Swiss Stock Exchange SWX has issued a revised commentary re Corporate Governance Directive that is binding for all companies listed on SWX. The most important changes are:
  • The comply or explain rule has been extended to contain a substantiated explanation of why the conflict of interest between the public interest in disclosure and the secrecy interest has been decided for the benefit of the latter. This explanation requirement weakens this important option substantially.
  • Principles and Elements of compensation or share-ownership programmes are explained and substantiated to make management compensation more transparent.
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