Corporate Governance Advisory

People often think that corporate governance is only for large family businesses or listed companies. The truth is, corporate governance can safeguard shareholder value and ensure there are sufficient internal controls and processes to provide sustainable growth for any business.

A corporate governance framework is a mechanism to “ensure the strategic guidance of the Company, the effective monitoring of management by the board, and the board’s accountability to the company and the shareholders”. OECD Principles of Corporate Governance (2004)

Governance is about a journey of excellence over the lifecycle of a business. During a business’s lifecycle there will surely be stumbles, falls and mistakes. The question is, will lessons be learnt or will the same mistakes and failures be repeated? Like any journey we need to know where we are, where we want to get to and by which means. We also have to take in to consideration how we can navigate and take the right route to ensure the successful arrival at the destination at the correct time. Corporate governance is a planned journey and good governance is developed and doesn’t just happen by accident.

Organisations require a bespoke governance framework to guide employees on the correct internal controls, policies and procedures to follow. The governance framework of an entity or group will differ based on the type of company and where they are regulated. In the United Arab Emirates a business can set up on-shore under the Department of Economic Development or in one of the many free zones across the seven Emirates. Many businesses set up in a free zone as they allow 100% foreign ownership. All companies, whether established on-shore or in a free zone, are required to adhere to the relevant laws and regulations, together with provisions in their constitution and policies/procedures. Public and private joint stock companies are required to an established Board of directors and mandated committees together with a Company Secretary. Other companies such as limited liability companies (LLC) have a general manager and may opt to establish a board of managers/directors. For free zone companies, board requirements and the appointment of a Board/Company Secretary will depend on the regulations of each free zone.

Wherever you are on the corporate governance journey our team of governance professionals can assess, review, advise or work with you to plan the next phase of your governance implementation.

 

Tania Anis - I've had the pleasure to see Robert in action on several events. His sessions are nothing short of being engaging and informative .It is always humbling to see a man with such expertise, willingly divulge his knowledge so thoroughly. Always a pleasure attending your sessions Robert. Thank you for your contributions to our successful events.

Jareen Kaur, Conference Producer-Large Scale Events, Functional at Marcus Evans Group

Robert enhanced the quality of my 5th Annual Directors’ Duties: Corporate & Family Boards conference in Dubai this year with his passion and dedication as a Speaker. He played a key role in my conference success with his excellent facilitation of the panel discussion on ‘Safeguarding Your Directorship Accountability Vs Personal Liabilities’.   Read More..

Irfan Butt, Tax Director – PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Great service on projects with full understanding of the complex subject matters without losing sight of the bigger picture and what the clients intended to achieve. No hesitation in recommending and appointing him again on projects with excellent and timely delivery of projects within the agreed timetable. Read More

Anke Plock-Girmann, Director at PwC ‘Jordan’, ACE

Robert was instrumental in forming the regional translators into a centralised virtual translation team and the use of software to capture know-how to improve efficiency and quality by creating a company brand of Arabic translation. During our work Robert advised on operational matters in the new department and served in a governance role.

Amanda Line, Partner at PwC

Robert has a deep knowledge of governance and compliance issues and is an expert in all company secretarial matters. He has great communications skills and made a significant contribution to our Corporate Governance and Board Readiness training initiatives.

Steven Barlow (Chief Officer Risk, Internal Audit, Governance)

Robert is a consummate corporate governance professional who provides highly effective company secretarial and advisory services to the Board. He drives discipline and rigor into processes which significantly strengthen the maturity of the Board’s activities and decision making.He successfully works with the Board members and the Group’s senior management to ensure strategic alignment and the implementation of best practice.

Sangeetha Kaur Nair (Senior Conference Producer at Marcus Evans)

I have worked closely with Robert on several events and it has always been a great pleasure. He was a remarkable chairperson at the recent 9th Annual Board Secretary Conference in Dubai, as he took charge and was excellent with engaging the delegates throughout the session. Robert’s knowledge on corporate governance is just excellent and he has a very positive attitude toward always willing to share and learn for future improvement… Thank you Robert for being a great leader and someone so easy to work with.

Farhana Majid, Director, Financial Services Transformation

Robert and I worked very closely on two high profile reviews for a sovereign wealth fund and a diversified investment company in the Middle East region.

He quickly built rapport with the client as the Legal subject matter expert on both the projects and engaged in thought provoking discussions around best in class corporate governance, compliance frameworks, legal department’s strategic remit as enablers for the business to move forward and policies and procedures review. Read More

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