Modern Corporate Governance

4 days 23-26 Oct 2017, Dubai UAE £4,595.00 Download brochure Add to basket

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Corporate Governance, especially in the context of financial institutions, is currently the single most debated problem in commercial affairs, as witnessed by the virtual daily discussion of the problem in the financial press. This training programme deals with the range of corporate governance issues that have so occupied financial circles and stakeholders in the recent past: the roles of boards of directors; the monitoring of risk; the rights of shareholders; the special role of institutional investors; corporate governance in Emerging Markets in the light of corporate governance developments in industrialised countries; and governance scandals which have driven demands for change.

Emphasis is placed on corporate governance issues in financial services, and a number of case studies are presented using video and other materials. The training progamme concludes with an analysis of current proposals for reform.

A 4–day training programme covering:

  • The strategic role of the board of directors.
  • Shareholders’ rights.
  • The increasing importance of institutional investors.
  • The special situation of financial institutions.
  • A comprehensive analysis of EMEA corporate governance systems.
  • Corporate governance lessons from the financial crisis.
  • Assessing corporate governance in your organisation.
  • Corporate social responsibility as a business driver.
  • Socially responsible investment.

Who should attend

  • Directors & Board Members
  • Audit Committee members
  • Company secretaries and governance professionals
  • Corporate counsel
  • Senior company management
  • Investors and fund managers
  • Analysts
  • Regulators
  • Securities exchange officials
  • Lawyers & legislators


We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Dennis Driscoll

The course director is an international lawyer. For the past decade, he has given training programmes on CSR/Corporate Governance to more than 500 companies in Europe and in Emerging Markets, especially in China. He is also the author of the forthcoming study International and Comparative Corporate Governance.

He is the former Dean of the Law School at the National University of Ireland (Galway). At Galway, he was the Chairman of an annual workshop, designed for in-house legal counsel, on the legal problems of multinational companies. He has also been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Peking University Law School.



Dubai Hotel

This programme takes place on a non-residential basis at a central Dubai hotel. Non-residential course fees include training facilities, documentation, lunches and refreshments for the duration of the programme. Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, however, a list of convenient hotels (many at specially negotiated rates) is available upon registration.

Dubai has an incredible number of hotels. Courses held here are mainly held at the J.W. Marriot hotel, Sheraton Dubai Creek and Le Meridien all in central Dubai.
J.W. Marriott Hotel – Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, PO Box 16590, Dubai, U.A.E
Phone +971 4 607 7811; Fax +971 4 607 7011
At the JW Marriott Dubai you will enjoy luxury on your terms; impeccable service and elegant surroundings allow you to relax and focus on your own agenda. With 344 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites the J.W. Marriott provides an oasis of calm in a busy city while the award-winning restaurants have the recipe for satisfying a taste for international flavour.        
Sheraton Dubai Creek – Baniyas Street, PO Box 4250, Dubai, U.A.E
Phone +971 4 228 1111; Fax +971 4 221 3468
After undergoing a complete renovation, the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel& Towers reopened October 10th, 2002 with a fully refurbished interior and exterior. The 255 room hotel now offers more creek-view rooms, redesigned atrium lobby, outstanding food and beverage facilities, upgraded rooms with state-of-the-art data connectivity, and Dubai's newest conference facilities. 

Le Meridien – PO Box 10001, Airport Road, Dubai, U.A.E
Phone +971 4 282 4040; Fax +971 4 282 5540
Le Meridien Dubai is a five star deluxe hotel built on two floors and surrounded by 38 acres of landscaped gardens. The hotel is elegantly furnished with a french accent that incorporates the individual character and flair of the local culture. The hotel is minutes away from the commercial districts and shopping centres and a short distance from Dubai International Airport. Facilities include a choice of 15 restaurants and bars, 24-hour room and laundry service, two fully equipped business centres and a state-of-the-art Spa and fitness club.


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The Significance of Corporate Governance

Why is Corporate Governance So Important?

  • The definition of corporate governance
  • Why should we be concerned? A brief look at the business case
  • Corporate governance scandals
  • What are the principle issues of corporate governance?
  • Putting corporate governance into its CSR/Sustainable Development context

Case Study: The Enron Scandal

The Business Case for Corporate Governance

  • Assessing the evidence

                   - Opinion-based research
                   - Focus list research
                   - Governance-ranking research
                   - The Deutsche Bank studies

  • The World Bank Group

The Development of a Corporate Governance Consciousness: Codes of Conduct

  • The growth of corporate governance consciousness
  • Corporate governance thinking in Britain: A leader
  • The OECD Principles
  • A worldwide convergence of corporate governance principles?

What is so Special about Corporate Governance in Banking?

  • The role of banks in resource allocation
  • The claimed special circumstances
  • Opaqueness: information asymmetries
  • The regulatory environment

DAY 2 

Influencing Executive Management Thinking

The Role of the Board of Directors

  • The Board as watchdog: monitoring risk
  • The Board as strategist
  • The Board as advisor

Case Study: The Collapse of WorldCom

Board Dynamics and the Composition of the Board

  • The role of the Chairman
  • Executive vs independent non-executive directors
  • Qualities to look for in independent directors
  • The problem of ‘groupthink’
  • Board diversity
  • The role of the Company Secretary


  • Introduction: shareholders ‘own’ the company
  • Ownership vs control: the agency problem
  • The growth of institutional share ownership
  •  Shareholder tools of corporate governance
  • Shareholder activism in the future


  • Background
  • Identifying the company’s stakeholders: the contextual problem

Case Studies: Toyota: the recall; Nestle: the problem with Greenpeace over palm  oil; BP: the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico;  Proctor & Gamble: a new product launch and the problem with Bboggers; Financial services and the ‘Occupy’ movement

  • Partnerships with stakeholders

The New Emphasis on Directors’ Remuneration

  • The debate over directors’ remuneration
  • Key elements of directors’ remuneration
  • Performance measures
  • The influence of compensation consultants

Family Firms and Corporate Governance

  • Family firms as the dominant form of business
  • The claimed advantages of the family firm
  • Governance challenges of the family firm
  • Developing appropriate governance structures


International Perspectives on Corporate Governance

An Overview of Corporate Governance Systems in the Industrialised

  • Independence
  • Diversity of experience
  • Availability
  • Remuneration
  • Transparency and disclosure
  •  Director evaluation

 Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets

  • Introductory remarks
  • What have been some of the themes?
  • Russia
  • India, China and Asian countries
  •  South Africa and African countries
  •  Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries

How are Banks Regulated and Supervised around the World?

  • The rationale for regulation
  • The types of regulation
  • The limitations of regulation  




Learning from the Financial Crisis

Corporate Governance Lessons from the Financial Crisis

  • Lessons concerning poor risk management
  • Lessons concerning misaligned remuneration systems
  • Lessons concerning regulatory inadequacy

Case Studies: Lehman Brothers; Bear Stearns; Royal Bank of Scotland

Assessing Corporate Governance in your Company

  • The World Bank’s template for assessment

                   - The responsibilities of the Board
                   - The rights of shareholders
                   - The equitable treatment of shareholders
                   - Disclosure and transparency
                   - The role of stakeholders

  • Strategies for change

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Sustainable Development as a Business Driver 

  • The broad meaning of CSR/Sustainable Development

                     - Labour issues
                     - Human rights issues
                     - Environmental concerns
                     - Corporate philanthropy
                     - Ethical business practices such as avoiding corrupt business payments

  • The business benefits of CSR/Sustainable Development

                       - Investor relations and access to capital
                       - Competitiveness and market positioning
                       - Employee relations
                       - The minimisation of litigation risk
                       - The enhanced ‘license to operate'

  •  The relevance of corporate governance to CSR/Sustainable Development

Socially Responsible Investment (SRI)

  • Background
  • SRI as a multi-trillion dollar business
  • SRI strategies
  •  UN Principles for Responsible Investment
  •  International guidelines   

  Course summary and close

Why us

We have a combined experience of over 60 years providing learning solutions to the world’s major organisations and are privileged to have contributed to their success. We view our clients as partners and focus on understanding the needs of each organisation we work with to tailor learning solutions to specific requirements.

We are proud of our record of customer satisfaction. Here is why you should choose us to help you achieve your goals and accelerate your career:

  • Quality – our clients consistently rate our performance ‘excellent’ or ‘outstanding’. Our average overall score awarded to us by our clients is nine out of ten.
  • Track record – we have delivered training solutions for 95% of worlds’ top 100 banks and have trained over 250,000 professionals.
  • Knowledge – our 150 strong team of industry specialist trainers are world leading financial leaders and commentators, ensuring our knowledge base is second to none.
  • Reliability – if we promise it, we deliver it. We have delivered over 20,000 events both in person and online, using simultaneous translation to delegates from over 180 countries.
  • Recognition – we are accredited by the British Accreditation Council and the CPD Certification Service. In an independent review by Feefo we scored 96% on service and 95% on product