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The EU Shareholders' Rights Directive: An overview of implications and expected impact (Autumn 2017)

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Preparing for the EU Shareholders’ Rights Directive

December 19, 2017

An overview of implications of the EU Shareholders' Rights Directive and expected impact on the executive compensation landscape.

In 2017, EU regulations on governance, known as the Shareholders’ Rights Directive (SRD), were approved by the European Parliament after significant debate over SRD’s content and consequences. The SRD is comprised of a set of regulations meant to increase transparency and strengthen the shareholder’s position through new disclosure requirements leading to an increasing influence of shareholders and proxy advisors.

The EU Shareholders' Rights Directive (SRD) will potentially drive significant changes throughout Europe’s executive compensation landscape. This overview, prepared in Autumn 2017, details:

  • Regulatory developments occurring across Europe, and how they link to the SRD
  • Implications of the SRD for executive remuneration, including disclosure practices, say-on-pay and the influence of proxy advisors
  • Key takeaways based on experience with UK reporting regulations
  • How Willis Towers Watson can help

If you have questions or would like to contact a Willis Towers Watson expert in your country, please visit our Shareholders’ Rights Directive page, which includes contacts by country.

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