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5.0 out of 5 stars The latest edition of this useful guide...., 18 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Practical Corporate Governance (Paperback)
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TO CORPORATE GOVERNANCE FOR SMALLER QUOTED COMPANIES

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

While there are quite a few books on corporate governance out there, this book, now in a new second edition from Jordans, is one of the few to focus on smaller quoted companies. In this context, `smaller quoted companies' include those outside the FTSE-350 and on the main list of the London Stock Exchange. However, if you are a director of a company aspiring to join the main list, or the FTSE-250, or - you are aiming to achieve membership of the FTSE 100 index, this book is for you.

As a former international corporate banker with Citigroup and adviser to smaller corporates, author Dr John Mellor frequently stresses that the governance of an enterprise equates to leadership. `Governance,' he says `is no guarantee of success in business, but without effective governance, business failure is the more likely.'

A considerable amount of new material has emerged in this often complex area, so you really need to buy this new edition of this well established title to stay comp lately up to date. For example, there is considerable and detailed discussion of company boards and their relationship to shareholders.

In particular note the comments and the extensive quote from the late Hugh Parker of McKinsey on board effectiveness in his `Letters to a New Chairman.' This is followed by a boxed section giving guidance on board performance evaluation in the form of questions. `How well has the board performed against any performance objectives that have been set?'... is the key question "number one".

The third question on risk management is also a key question. Such thought provoking content is typical of the helpful commentary to be found in this book. Another notable feature are the numerous and extensive case studies which offer the reader examples of corporate governance in action. Here, such crucial aspects of corporate governance as audit, remuneration and nomination committees are also covered.

Logically and consistently structured, each chapter of the book contains an introduction and conclusion, making it easier to navigate.

And with its thirteen appendices and index, the book functions not merely as an excellent guide, but a handy starting point for those interested in undertaking further research on this topic. What a boon for company directors (obviously) and company secretaries and investors, as well as lawyers and other advisers.

Not only is the book up to date, it also offers some interesting speculation about future trends. If you either run a smaller quoted company or advise those who do, you'll find this book a useful purchase.

The publication date is cited as at September 2013.
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