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Boards today face unprecedented challenges to achieve strategic objectives, comply with regulations and adapt their governance to evolving business and stakeholder needs.

Good governance not only ensures accountability, efficiency and sound decision-making, but creates value for investors, reduces risk and supports growth. It also aligns ESG goals with company strategy and stakeholder interests.

A&O Consulting has extensive experience advising Boards and Executive teams in both regulated and unregulated sectors across the globe.  Our team includes former senior regulators and industry leaders who have worked with Boards and executives for many years.

We provide a range of services that enhance the effectiveness of company governance both at the Board level and throughout the wider business, including:

  • Governance framework design and implementation
  • Effectiveness reviews for Board, Executive, and business governance
  • Board and Committee policies and procedures
  • Board and executive committee composition, including skills and capabilities assessments
  • ESG and sustainability governance advisory
  • Delegation and decision-making frameworks 
  • Reporting and MI reviews
  • Company Secretary support
  • Crisis management simulations

We help clients tackle some of their most complex and important governance issues, including parent and subsidiary dynamics, Board and Executive oversight and connectivity, new entity governance, and restructures.

Individual accountability

We know from experience that financial services firms in particular need to consider individual accountability regimes through the lens of good governance, not just the role and responsibilities of individuals.

We have worked with numerous clients on the implementation and enhancement of individual accountability regimes, including Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) in the UK, Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR) / Financial Accountability Regime (FAR) in Australia. As former senior regulators, we understand that the regulators expect, and how this translates in practice.

Our regulatory experience sets us apart from our competitors. We are perfectly placed to support both firms and individuals every step of the way, including reviewing firm application of the Regime, preparing individuals for regulatory authorisation and carrying out reasonable steps assessments.

Our advice and support help our clients to make better decisions and manage individual accountability.

If you would like to learn more about how we can work with you, please get in touch with our consultants.

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