Topic Results: Regulation

May 29, 2019

Judge rules SNC-Lavalin to stand trial on fraud, bribery charges

A Quebec judge has ruled that SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. can stand trial on bribery and fraud charges, prolonging the Canadian engineering giant’s legal pain and keeping the case in the public eye in the run-up to this fall’s federal election. Justice Claude Leblond of the Quebec Court ruled Wednesday that there is enough evidence to […]

March 21, 2019

What was the story behind SNC-Lavalin’s supposedly ‘excellent’ corporate governance regime?

Excerpted and translated from “Le fiasco SNC-Lavalin: crime, culture, governance?” by Yvan Allaire, executive chairman of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations, published in Policy Options March 18, 2019.  The tragedy of SNC-Lavalin was in the making between 2000 and 2012. To outside observers, these were years of quiet profitability for the […]

February 14, 2019

Why Quebec sees SNC-Lavalin as an asset, not a liability

In Ottawa, there appears to be little sympathy these days for SNC-Lavalin, the giant engineering corporation facing prosecution for bribery schemes in Libya. The company was hoping to strike a deal with federal prosecutors in order to avoid a trial. If guilty, it would be cut off from lucrative Canadian government contracts for a decade. […]

February 14, 2019

‘It’s sad’ no one asked questions while SNC profits soared: Ex-Caisse exec

The long series of scandals ensnaring SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.  has one former executive of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec calling for more accountability when it comes to corporate bribes for global contracts. Michel Nadeau, a former deputy chief executive of Caisse – the largest shareholder in SNC – told BNN Bloomberg on […]

January 17, 2018

Liberals launch a fresh attack on corporations. They may not win

As a longtime member of the Association of Correspondents Tracking the War On Corporations, I have embedded with troops of lawyers, activists and corporate officials through the great battles of the last several decades. From the failure to ward off the stakeholder invasion of the 1990s to the great executive retreat at the Battle of […]

August 31, 2017

U.K. reforms bring workers’ voices to corporate boards

The United Kingdom is stiffening the rules large companies must follow in an effort to rein in executive pay and bolster the input of ordinary employees in the running of their firms. On Tuesday, the government outlined a series of changes. Large publicly-traded companies will have to report annually the ratio of CEO pay to […]

February 21, 2017

Quebec takes aim at foreign takeovers with new watchdog group

In the wake of several high-profile takeovers of Quebec companies, such as Rona Inc. and Cirque du Soleil, the provincial government is implementing new measures aimed at promoting the growth of local businesses while maintaining corporate head offices in the province. Premier Philippe Couillard’s government said Tuesday it would set up a watchdog group to […]

February 9, 2017

Davos: Seven years later

There is a Chinese proverb that says He who knows he has enough is rich; but the modern Western version of the saying seems to be: One never has enough; I deserve more; or There is always someone who has more. Over the last years, we have built a system of incentives and motives so […]

December 7, 2016

Corporate Governance: looking backward, looking forward

Once upon a time, the governance of publicly listed corporations was a friendly, fraternal affair with few requirements and little risk. Then, during the 1980s, a group of funds (leveraged buyout funds) sprouted up claiming that this sort of governance deprived shareholders of the full economic value of the business they had invested in. Cozy […]

November 3, 2016

Reality check: Will new foreign ownership rules make flights in Canada cheaper?

One such fee is the landing and parking fee charged to airlines – a fee often passed down to consumers. And flights landing in Canada pay some of the highest fees in the world, according to a 2014 report from the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations entitled The Governance of Canadian Airports. […]

September 29, 2016

What’s the risk of losing a significant number of corporate head offices now located in Quebec?

More than six months after the fact, the sale of Rona to Lowe’s, a U.S. corporation, continues to generate political controversy. Lowe’s’ first attempt to acquire Rona in 2012 turned more or less hostile in nature, sparking a strong reaction from the Quebec government at the time. The government ordered the financial institutions under its […]

March 10, 2015

When does a publicly listed corporation become a criminal?

Under what circumstances is it appropriate to lay criminal charges against a publicly listed corporation for the actions of its employees? What justifies imposing what amounts, in Terrence Corcoran’s words, to a “corporate death penalty”? (Financial Post, February 23rd, 2015) Lawyers will debate these questions ad infinitum” but what would be a common-sense answer? A […]

August 18, 2014

To govern in the interest of the corporation

The measure of a business corporation’s success is undoubtedly its economic performance. However, to achieve an excellent performance in the long run, the corporation must make the best use of the talent and experience of all its personnel. It must protect its good reputation as an employer, supplier of goods and services, buyer and citizen […]

July 16, 2014

Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms

IGOPP has issued in 2013 a policy position on the role of proxy advisors titled The Troubling Case of Proxy Advisors: Some policy recommendations. This submission draws largely from that policy paper and, hence, it is attached as an appendix. The proposals of the CSA to raise somewhat the level of disclosure requested from proxy […]

July 9, 2014

The bizarre case of a “national securities regulator”

So a couple of additional provinces might sign up for Ottawa’s deal to create some sort of centralized securities regulator. Ottawa just won’t let go of this foolish idea. Having been rebuked by the Supreme Court, having been shown that all the claims made to justify a “national”security commissions were bogus, the federal government is […]

May 15, 2014

The Canada Business Corporations Act

The Institute for Governance (IGOPP) submitted his comments to Industry Canada in response to the Consultation on the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA).. We will examine these issues individually to formulate specific recommendations in each case. In its comment document, the IGOPP covered the following topics: Shareholder advisory votes on compensation packages Diversity of board […]