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COVID-19 checklist

Alternative topics during exceptional times Message from the chairman In light of the extraordinary circumstances arisen from the global outbreak of COVID-19, many governments have taken actions to drastically restrict the free movements of people while also prohibiting the holding of public gatherings. As fully acknowledged to be a crucial measure in combatting this outbreak, we urge all comp...
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European Investors urges immediate action from Wirecard to improve governance

European Investors urges immediate action from Wirecard to improve governance By appointing Thomas Eichelmann as Chairman of the Supervisory board, Wirecard violates an important provision of the German Corporate Governance Code. Mr Eichelmann also holds the chair of the Audit Committee.  The German Corporate Governance Code provides however that the chairman of the Supervisory Board shall not ...
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Sustainable investment funds deliver on ESG but not always on returns

The ultimate challenge for sustainable investment funds is being able to combine social, climate-related and governance issues with good returns. This European Investors’ study ranks the funds by using the individual companies’ ESG scores and included these in the overall portfolio scores on the basis of their relative allocation in the sustainable investment portfolio. The Sustainable Europe I...
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The pursuit of equity investment in SMEs

European Investors believes that EU citizens and SMEs should contribute to and benefit from well-functioning equity markets and gain of the associated economic growth. If credit or bank financing isn’t available for SMEs, market financing is an option. However, SMEs have to understand the mechanics and dynamics of capital markets to be able to navigate and leverage them. The fact that SMEs are sti...
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Update VEB/European Investors class action against VW

On 24 September 2019 the German prosecutor in Braunschweig announced proceedings against VW’s CEO Herbert Diess and the Chairman of VW’s supervisory board Hans Dieter Pötsch and former CEO Martin Winterkorn in a 636 page complaint. The investigation and prosecution concern the withholding of insider information on rigged emissions tests four years ago. A new accusation is that VW was too late i...
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Sustainable ETFs put most of investors’ money into tech companies

Sustainable investment is more popular than ever. The number of investment funds that specifically state that they put investors’ money into the shares of companies that focus on good corporate governance and the environment has never been higher and is continuing to grow rapidly, along with the capital that investors are entrusting to these funds. What do these sustainable funds have to offer inv...
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Series of studies on Sustainable Finance

Fraud risks and corruption, climate change and social injustice. These factors are gaining more attention from investors. This growing level of interest has also been prompted by forthcoming legislation which expects that factors should be taken into account which as yet are not fully reflected in company P&L accounts. It is clear that the financial markets are on the threshold of major cha...
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VEB takes Deloitte to court for losses incurred by Steinhoff investors

PRESS RELEASE   VEB takes Deloitte to court for losses incurred by Steinhoff investors  The VEB has summoned Deloitte Accountants to appear before the District Court of Rotterdam for the losses incurred by the Steinhoff shareholders. Deloitte, incorrectly providing an unqualified auditor’s report on Steinhoff’s financial statements for 2016, seriously failed to fulfil its duties as laid down by...
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John Kay keynote speaker for autumn event European Investors

European Investors is pleased to announce its inaugural seminar in Brussels on ‘Fiduciary Duties for Investors’ to be organised on 13 September 2018.  European Investors is proud to announce Professor John Kay, one of Britain’s leading economists, as our keynote speaker. We invite EU policy makers, pension funds, insurance companies, asset managers, financial advisors, research providers, index...
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European Investors contributed to 2018 Financial Integration Conference

On 3 May 2018 Niels Lemmers, Managing Director at European Investors, participated as a panellist in the 2018 Financial Integration Conference, organised jointly by the European Central Bank and the European Commission. His panel will be devoted to the role of institutional investment for the Capital Markets Union (CMU). The role of institutional investors in financial integration and capital m...
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