New Draft Corporate Governance Code
On June 13, 2011, the Irish Funds Industry Association ("IFIA") published a new draft corporate governance code (the "Code") for the Irish funds industry. The Code, to be a voluntary code, is to apply to all Irish collective investment schemes ("CIS") and management companies ("ManCos"). The Code will codify existing corporate governance practices applicable to Irish CIS and ManCos.
The draft Code has been developed by an IFIA steering group with input from the Central Bank. Following industry feedback on the draft Code, it is anticipated that the final Code will be published at the end of July, 2011 to be then adopted by Irish CIS and ManCos "on a comply or explain basis" from September 2011. The Central Bank has suggested that the Code be implemented for an initial trial period of 18 months, with the IFIA completing a review thereafter for further consideration.
The key requirements contained in the draft Code applicable to the Boards of CIS and ManCos are:
it is recommended that the Board of Directors will have a minimum of three directors and will be required to meet at least quarterly. For non-UCITS, the Board could meet less frequently if it believes this is justified but this must be disclosed in the Directors' Report; all Directors are expected to attend and participate at meetings and an attendance schedule should form part of the annual informal Board performance review process; there should be an informal annual review of the Board and a formal review every three years; a non-executive Chairman should be appointed to...