Good corporate governance and regulatory compliance
In the financial and corporate world, governance is a heavily used term. From a regulatory perspective, any discussion about good corporate governance must start with a discussion on compliance with regulatory obligations. Beyond that, the discussion would move into the realm of the higher standards of behaviour that inspire confidence and build trust in the financial industry. This is of course an area of great interest to regulators – not least because high standards of governance in the industry would make their life that little bit easier! The third leg of this discussion would then dwell on the governance culture of the users of financial services themselves – both corporates, and individuals too. Their conduct plays an important role in ensuring that financial services meet their needs and legitimate expectations. At the basis of corporate governance is the manner in which company boards relate to shareholders. Shareholders do not run the company themselves but appoint a Board of Directors to do that for them, in a general meeting. In this way they can, and will to a greater or lesser extent, influence the values of the company. The Board, in turn, is expected to run the company in the interests of its shareholders, and to ultimately meet their profit expectations, and it will be held [continua ..]
 Report of the De la Rosiere et al., High-level Group on Financial Supervision in the EU, ‘de la Rosiere Report’, Feb. 2009, p. 6.  See, in this respect, the so called “CR Package” consisting of Regulation (EU) N. 575/2013, the capital requirements regulation (CRR), and Directive 2013/36/EU, capital requirements directive (CRD).  In this context, the Malta Financial Services Authority has recently launched a Discussion Paper to consult on a revised Corporate Governance Framework that could have a bearing on both the Code of Conduct for Listed Companies and the Corporate Governance Guidelines for Public Interest Companies.  Nusseibeh, Stewardship must for companies to be on the ‘side of angels’, in Financial Times, 28.10.2019, available at https://www.ft.com/content/abb48ccb-baa6-4ac5-9523-a875dab059ff, last accessed on 01.03.2020.