Fernando Rodriguez | Sustainable investment in Spain amounted to 285,454 million euros in 2019, up 36% on the previous year, according to ‘Spainsif 2020 Study: Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Spain’. The study was prepared with the answers to a questionnaire provided by 76% of Spanish investment companies and 43% of international ones operating in Spain. 72.8% of the total figure – €207,571 million- is managed by Spanish companies, up 9% on the previous year.
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Fernando Rodríguez | “All the risk committees of every company list them exhaustively in their reports, and nobody had foreseen the risk of the pandemic. Everything was done by looking at the past. Of course the concept of risk has changed,” explains William Connelly, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AEGON, Vice Chairman of Amadeus, Director of Société Générale and Singular Bank. “How do you manage that? There are two parts. One is immediate risk. Then the strategic risk”, he adds.
“The pandemic has implied a deep transformation in all aspects and the greater interest in sustainability is one of those changes. In the last months, we have seen inflows and better performance data in ESG funds. The raise of ESG investment will imply a greater pressure on issuers to prove that they are able to manage this type of risks and the opportunities triggered by a situation like this.” says Ana Rivero, Global Head of Investment Content and ESG, Santander Asset Management.
Fernando Rodriguez | Daniel Lozano, Director of Investor Relations and Communications at Grenergy, was the winner in the rising star category at the IR Magazine awards – Europe 2020. Lozano began his career as a financial analyst at Abengoa and was part of the teams that helped MasMovil and more recently Genergy, whose team he led, to move from MAB -now BME Growth- to the Continuous Market; so far, the only companies to do so.
Fernando Rodriguez | The Corner interviews Juan Prieto, CEO of the Spanish Proxy advisor Corporance Asesores de Voto. “Corporance is the first Spanish proxy advisor, committed to help institutional investors comply with their voting and engagement responsibilities in our market, under SRD II.” he says
Francisco Blanco Bermúdez* | The transposition into Spanish law of EU Directive 2017/828, dealing with the encouragement of long-term shareholder engagement in listed companies, and some other related proposals will imply some changes to Spanish legislation. For example, the striking proposal that will mean that listed companies will be free to publish or not publish financial information on quarterly results.
Fernando Rodriguez | Alfredo Echevarría, Director of financial analysis at Ligthouse -the IEAF’s financial analysis service for Small &Mid Cap companies supported by BME- explains their next steps to The Corner…
KPMG, DWS, BNP and Caixabank analyse the changes that sustainability regulation will bring about for companies, markets and investors. In a virtual meeting held at the IEAF-FEF, sustainability experts explained the challenges they face in the ever-changing legal and operational framework surrounding sustainability at an international level.
Although Enrique Castellanos has been linked to BME Institute for almost two decades, he will soon have been its director for one year.
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Fernando Rodriguez | ECGS and Georgeson’s reports on recommendations given to investors at the 2020 shareholders’ meetings point to the main weaknesses in governance. “The aspects of the information distributed at the IBEX 35 shareholders’ meetings that received the most negative voting recommendations from us are similar to those from other companies in Europe,” summarises Juan Prieto, CEO of Corporance, the proxy advisor that belongs to the European ECGS network. So far this year, Corporance has made recommendations to investors at 36 shareholders’ meetings, in total, 614 concrete proposals on different items on the agenda, 18 for each annual shareholders’ meeting.