Views on the integrity of global capital markets
23 November 2016

David Pitt-Watson Talks About New Report on Corporate Governance in the EU

European union flag against parliament in Brussels, Belgium

CFA Institute recently released a report entitled Corporate Governance Policy in the European Union: Through an Investor’s Lens. It is co-authored by two seasoned investors and luminaries in the field of corporate governance: George Dallas, policy director at the International Corporate Governance Network, and David Pitt-Watson, executive fellow at the London Business School.

Here, in a series of videos, David Pitt-Watson shares his thoughts on corporate governance, illuminating the key messages and recommendations from the report.

Why is corporate governance important for capital markets?

The report examines the state of the European corporate governance policy agenda, taking stock of reforms introduced over the past decade.

Review of the governance policy landscape: What has been achieved so far?

To inform the report, CFA Institute engaged with more than 30 investment practitioners, governance experts, and other stakeholders from across Europe through a series of workshop discussions held in London and Brussels. These workshops found that there is much to be done to simplify mechanisms to enhance corporate accountability and realise maximum value from reforms that have already been undertaken.

How can corporate governance be improved in Europe?

The report also considers the different models of corporate governance and the needs and expectations of shareholders and other stakeholders, in order to identify a sweet spot for the policy agenda.

A philosophical look at models of corporate governance: Can the shareholder, stakeholder, and open market perspectives be reconciled?

The investment management profession has a role that it needs to play to advance good corporate governance, and the report concludes with calls to action for not only the industry, but also for European policymakers, companies,  and society as a whole.

What is the role of the investment management profession in advancing the corporate governance agenda?

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to Market Integrity Insights.

Image Credit: ©

About the Author(s)
Rhodri Preece, CFA

Rhodri Preece, CFA, is head of capital markets policy for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region at CFA Institute. He is responsible for development and oversight of capital markets activities in the EMEA region, including content development, policy engagement and outreach. Rhodri formerly served as director of capital markets policy, focusing on issues related to primary and secondary market structures. He was named one of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Trading and Technology” by Financial News.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.