To what extent do institutional investors play an effective role in corporate governance?

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Cass Business School, Aldersgate site
Lecture Theatre

London EC1A 4HD, United Kingdom

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Cass Business School Seminar

To what extent do institutional investors play an effective role in corporate governance?

Join us for an evening seminar, Chaired by Professor Andrew Clare, to discuss how institutional investors can play an effective role in corporate governance. At the seminar Andrew will be joined by Dr Roger Barker and Professor Iris Chiu, authors of an excellent new book entitled Corporate Governance and Investment Management1.

Shareholder engagement with publicly listed companies is often seen as a key means to monitor corporate behaviour and performance. However, in their book, Dr. Barker and Professor Chiu argue that institutions’ corporate governance roles are an instrument ultimately shaped by their private interests and market forces, as well as law and regulatory obligations. As a result, policy-makers and the wider public should not readily make assumptions regarding their effectiveness, or their alignment with public interest or social good.

We look forward to seeing you at the Seminar.


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Cass Business School, Aldersgate site
Lecture Theatre

London EC1A 4HD, United Kingdom


Roger Barker


Dr. Roger Barker is Head of Corporate Governance at the IoD, and managing director of Barker and Associates, a corporate governance advisory firm. Dr. Barker previously served as the Director of Corporate Governance and Professional Standards at the Institute of Directors for almost a decade. He is a UK Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (the EU advisory body), Senior Advisor to the Board of the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa) and Chairman of the ecoDa Education Programme for European Directors. He is Honorary Associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London and a visiting lecturer at Saïd Business School, Oxford, and Cass Business School, London. Dr. Barker is the holder of a doctorate from Oxford University and the author of numerous books and articles on corporate governance and board effectiveness, including: ‘Corporate Governance and Investment Management: The Promises and Limitations of the New Financial Economy’ (Edward Elgar, 2017), ‘The Effective Board: Building Individual and Board Success’ (Kogan Page, 2010), and ‘Corporate Governance, Competition, and Political Parties: Explaining Corporate Governance Change in Europe’ (Oxford University Press, 2010). A former investment banker, Dr. Barker spent almost 15 years in a variety of equity research and senior management roles at UBS and Bank Vontobel, both in the UK and Switzerland.

Iris Chiu

Iris H.-Y. Chiu is Professor of Corporate Law and Financial Regulation at the Faculty of Laws, University College London, UK. She previously taught at the School of Law, King’s College London and the University of Leicester. She was a legislative draftsman and State Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Singapore prior to joining academia. Iris has published on directors’ duties, shareholder stewardship and corporate governance, as well as regulatory theories and governance in the financial sector. Her key monographs are The Foundations and Anatomy of Shareholder Activism (Hart Publishing 2010), The Foundations and Future of Financial Regulation (Routledge, 2014, co-authored with Mads Andenas) and The Legal Framework for Internal Control
in Banks and Financial Institutions (Hart Publishing, 2015). She is Executive Editor of the European Business Law Review and Co-Series Editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Corporate and Financial Law Series. Iris is also Director of the UCL Centre for Ethics and Law.

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