We work at the interface of directors’ duties and financial services, guiding how best practice and compliance reinforces both these duties and obligations.
Corporate governance is fundamental to a company’s long-term sustainable success. There are ever increasing pressures on companies and their directors to act in a socially responsible and transparent manner. This brings opportunities for companies to differentiate themselves and to develop, implement, and communicate their purposes, culture, values and strategy. But, if not, the threats are compliance failures, liability, brand and reputation damage, and even personal liability. We provide constructive and practical guidance to companies and their boards to maximise these opportunities, anticipate trends in corporate governance and meet the growing expectations of investors and other stakeholders.
We believe that to integrate sustainability into our own operations, we need to articulate a clear vision for best practice, starting with understanding our material issues, and ending with accountability at the highest levels of our organization. This vision enables the range of internal partners who are responsible for our most material ESG issues — supporting & developing talent, DEI, philanthropy, climate change, governance, compliance & ethics, cybersecurity and business continuity — to work independently while responding to the growing need for ESG disclosure and performance.
We recruit, support, develop and reward outstanding people because they are at the heart of our success. Our people and our culture are the most critical strategic drivers of our success. Our core business activities require significant skills and expertise. To attract and retain a high-performance team, we seek to foster a welcoming and inclusive work environment with opportunities for growth and development. Our unique culture, which centers upon values of collaboration, responsibility, entrepreneurialism, self-awareness and trustworthiness, makes us a preferred place for top talent at all levels — a place where outstanding people can build a long-term career within the alternative asset management industry.
In 2021, we were recognized as a Great Place to Work by Great Place to Work U.S., based on employee feedback across a range of dimensions. We invested over $850,000 in training and development and are formalizing a talent development function in 2021
"We really like working with them - they are timely, efficient about getting answers and provide a lot of perspective".Chambers & Partners,
And, we work at the interface of directors’ duties and financial services and other regulatory obligations, guiding how best practice and compliance reinforces both these duties and obligations. Our international team supports companies on all aspects of corporate governance, legal risk and compliance advice. We provide clear and constructive advice and ensure director and management duties are observed.
We advise on:
- Directors’ duties
- D&O insurance/directors’ indemnities
- Corporate governance
- Board evaluations
- Executive remuneration
- Share incentives/schemes
- Risk management and internal systems and controls
- Shareholder and stakeholder engagement
We partner with non-lawyers to integrate practical and legal guidance to help protect your directors. We use technology to communicate, update and analyse corporate governance issues.
Corporate governance is central to safeguarding the longevity of our business and ensuring the alignment of interest among our stakeholders. Our Board and senior management have implemented practices that are designed to support sustained value creation for our stakeholders and a culture of compliance through policies and procedures to mitigate potential risks to our business.
We have built our compliance program to empower our people, providing them with the tools and resources to adhere to our regulatory requirements while instilling a sense of integrity and professionalism in our business dealings.
As stewards of our client’s capital and fiduciaries, we value and depend on the trust they place in us, and that trust remains our focus through our daily decision-making and actions.
Beyond preserving our clients’ trust, rigorous legal and compliance analysis of our businesses and investments is critical as we are subject to extensive regulation in the U.S. and foreign jurisdictions in which we operate.
Respect for Workers
Teams with higher employee engagement enjoy lower costs, a safer workforce, and generally outperform their peers. Since the inception of Equity Flare’s ESG Program, the firm has recognized the links between employee engagement, safety, and reporting company performance
Workforce Data Overview
4000+reporting company employees
1,300+new hires by reporting companies in 2019
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Governance at a glance
- Held a number of additional board meetings in response to COVID-19.
- Set up a Crisis Management Team to address the need of the firm.
- Monitored the firm’s new strategy.
- Held strategy day with group executive team.
- Conducted an external review of market trends and emerging competitors.
- Focused on delivery of organic growth initiatives.
- Discussed and considered the impact of COVID-19 on our stakeholders.
- Approve the firm’s risk framework and appetite.
- Monitored the firm’s principal risks and compliance programme.
- Received detailed reports on significant regulatory risks and management’s mitigating actions.
- Reviewed the implications of Brexit for the organisation.
- Oversight and review of the firm’s whistleblowing report.
- Discussed and considered the firm’s business continuity plans.
- Discussed various financial and market scenarios in the COVID-19 climate.
- Oversaw financial performance against the plan and market expectations.
- Reviewed and approved capital requirements of the firm.
- Approved interim and full-year financial statements, interim dividend and recommended final dividend .
Equity Flare risk culture
A sound risk culture has been integral to Equity Flare risk management framework since inception. Primary responsibility for risk management in Equity Flare, including risk culture, is at the business level. The Board, assisted by the BRiC, is responsible for:
- reviewing, endorsing and monitoring Equity Flare approach to risk culture and conduct risk
- forming a view on Equity Flare risk culture and the extent to which it supports the ability of Equity Flare to operate consistently within its risk appetite.
Equity Flare approach to maintaining an appropriate risk culture is based on the following three components:
Setting behavioural expectations
Senior management, with oversight from the Board, sets behavioural expectations. The way we fulfil Equity Flare purpose is defined by our principles of What We Stand For: Opportunity, Accountability and Integrity. Staff are made aware that these principles must form the basis of all behaviours and actions. These behavioural expectations are specified in the Board approved Code of Conduct, which is actively promoted by management and cascaded through the organisation.
Leading and executing
Management implements behavioural expectations through:
- leadership actions and communication
- organisational governance.
- incentives and consequence management.
- organisational and individual capability.
Corporate Governance Statement
Equity Flare has an investor relations program to facilitate effective two‑way communication with investors and analysts and to provide a greater understanding of Equity Flare’s business, performance, governance and financial prospects. Equity Flare engages with institutional investors, private investors, sell‑side analysts and buy‑side analysts throughout the year via scheduled and ad hoc interactions
Board diversity and tenure
The Board of Equity Flare believes that its membership should comprise Directors with an appropriate mix and diversity of skills, professional experience, tenure, gender and personal background. The general expectation is that NEDs will serve three 3‑year terms from first election by shareholders. NEDs may serve for longer than three 3‑year terms if the Board considers it to be of significant benefit to Equity Flare.