Subsidiary Governance Conference 2017


This conference took place on 20 October 2017

20 October 2017 | 9:00am–1pm | America Square Conference Centre, London

In the 21st century, corporate governance is a well-established phenomenon, and all around the world governments, regulators and pan-national bodies such as the OECD have developed, tested and refined some distinctive governance regimes.

But businesses in the 21st century are not confirmed to just the one country, just the one market. They operate across many jurisdictions, and have multiple trading entities, and multiple boards. That means, very often, they have to satisfy the demands of a complex web of regulators and stakeholders. Embedding effective governance under such conditions is by no means simple.

ICSA's subsidiary governance conference is a unique event. Now in its fifth year, this practitioner-led half-day event will feature a number of case studies from high profile companies. Delegates will explore how group governance works in the real world, how businesses reconcile the multiple demands made of them, and how good governance can be driven through every part of the business.


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Time Programme
09.00 Registration, tea/coffee

Chair’s opening remarks

Peter Swabey FCIS, Policy & Research Director, ICSA


Case study: Rolls-Royce plc

Rolls-Royce is a global engineering company organised into five customer-facing businesses: civil aerospace, defence aerospace, power systems, marine and nuclear. It has over 300 subsidiaries and joint ventures worldwide. The Company has been focused on strengthening its governance arrangements over recent years across many different levels in the organisation. In this session we find out what approach Rolls-Royce has taken to improve its subsidiary governance and compliance arrangements.

Andrew Harvey-Wrate ACIS, Assistant Company Secretary, Rolls Royce plc


Panel discussion: International trends in entity management

Although sophisticated technology exists to help companies maintain effective oversight of their global entities and stay on top of their numerous compliance obligations, this technology alone cannot provide the whole picture of what’s happening subsidiary level. Here our panel will discuss some of the significant corporate governance and compliance trends around the world.

David Gracie FCIS, Director, Global Entity Management, Legal Services, KPMG LLP
Paula Young ACIS, Regional Manager, Subsidiary Governance (Europe), BMO Financial Group
Helen Everitt FCIS, Division Director, Head of EMEA Entity Management Team, Macquarie Group

11.00 Networking tea and coffee break

Making joint ventures work

In any parent/subsidiary relationship, the balances of power are (usually) clearly defined. By contrast, in a joint venture or business alliance, there may be multiple parties with similar decision making powers all vying for control. In this session, we examine the key principles that underpin the formation and ongoing success of an effective JV.

Adam Bogdanor, Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP


Session: D&O update for parent companies

Is your D&O cover is still fit for purpose? Is your current insurance providing adequate protection for directors and officers in your subsidiaries? This session will provide an update on recent developments in the D&O market as well as an overview on emerging risks in particular jurisdictions.

Francis Kean, Executive Director, Willis Towers Watson


London Metal Exchange case study: the subsidiary view

In 2012 The London Metal Exchange became a wholly owned subsidiary of LME Holdings Limited which is in turn a part of HKEX, a Hong Kong based financial services group. In this session, our speaker will explore, from a subsidiary perspective, how the LME has had to adapt its governance framework in order to integrate effectively into a large Chinese owned company.

Marcos Castro FCIS, Company Secretary, London Metal Exchange



*This is a draft programme and may be subject to change


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How to book


Members: £215 +VAT

Students: £95 +VAT

Non-members: £250 +VAT


This conference took place on 20 October 2017


America Square Conference Centre
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