Corporate Governance in Asia

A Learning Expedition Series
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Often regarded as a major risk for investors, corporate governance standards in Asia are not of one block all over the continent.
The common trend would consider that governance in Asia relies on a mix of traditional, cultural, social and legal aspects, with a schematic border between family businesses (whatever the side) and listed companies.
Governance performances
On top of the top : Hong Kong, Singapore.
Improving : Japan, Taiwan, S Korea
Working on it : Thailand, Malaysia
The topics to be considered :
The shareholder value ; independent directors (or not) ; outside directors (or not); way of removing/replacing CEOs; board’s effectiveness; separated roles (or not) chairman/chief executive; minority shareholders’ rights; class actions suits (or not)
To be analyzed: the weight of cultural traditions; the law enforcement; the existence (or not) of soft laws; the capital ownership (family?)
RELEVANT COUNTRIES FOR A LEX:
Singapore or Hong Kong as a major (2/3 days)
An additional country as a more practical case, such as Thailand, Japan, S Korea
IDENTIFIED ACTORS:
Asia Corporate Governance Association (Hong Kong)
IOD Bangkok / Board Director Training Institute of Japan
Sasin Institute Bangkok
INSEAD Singapore
Asian Development Bank Manila (but different branches)
Experts: PWC, Mazars, Deloitte

Typical Lex Day

Morning

9AM to 12PM
Classroom

Afternoon

2PM to 5PM
Workshops, guest speaker conferences or visit company

Evening

After 5 PM
Reading and Assignments Sessions

Classroom sessions

1-2 hours

Guest speakers conferences:

60-90 minute

Workshops

2-3 hours

Guest speakers conferences:

60-90 minute
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