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How to comply with the FCA's new diversity and inclusion targets for listed companies

Published on 05 May 2022. By Connor Cahalane, Partner and Karen Hendy, Head of Corporate and Chloe Clapson, Trainee Solicitor

The FCA has finalised its new rules on diversity and inclusion on listed company boards and executive committees. The rules, which are set out in the FCA's policy paper PS22/3: Diversity and inclusion on company boards and executive management, are substantially in line with the proposals set out in the FCA's consultation paper CP 21/24. In scope listed companies are required to include a statement in their annual financial report on whether they have met specific board diversity targets on a ‘comply or explain’ basis, as at a chosen reference date within their accounting period.

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PLC QTRLY - Q1 2022

Published on 13 April 2022. By Connor Cahalane, Partner

Post-Covid and post-Brexit changes are on the horizon for the UK's public companies. This is the first of our regular updates to help our listed company clients and other market participants keep up to date with key developments relevant to issuers on the Main Market and AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

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Balance on the board: Eight things UK PLCs need to know about the FCA's diversity targets

Published on 27 September 2021. By Karen Hendy, Head of Corporate and Connor Cahalane, Partner

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The Financial Conduct Authority's proposals will mean UK listed companies need to disclose whether their boards and senior management teams meet new gender and ethnic diversity targets.

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Takeover Code: What has changed?

Published on 13 September 2021. By Emily McGregor, Senior Associate

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On 5 July 2021, the most significant changes to the Takeover Code (the Code) since 2011 took effect. The changes are intended to standardise the treatment of regulatory clearances and simplify the offer timetable. An overview of the main changes is set out below.

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UK Listing Review wants companies to stay at home

Published on 04 March 2021. By Connor Cahalane, Partner and Karen Hendy, Head of Corporate

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Recommendations will make it easier to list and fundraise on the London Stock Exchange

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Time for public companies to come clean: New UK climate-related disclosures and ESG guidance

Published on 03 February 2021. By Connor Cahalane, Partner

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Companies listed on the London Stock Exchange's Main Market will need to include a statement in their annual report confirming if they have made climate-related disclosures consistent with the recommendations of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Companies planning to IPO, or move from AIM to the Main Market, are also affected by these new Listing Rules.

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