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Quarterly Equity Capital Markets Update
This report by London Stock Exchange reviews capital markets activity over the first quarter, including a focus on the Tech & Consumer Internet sector and a look at the Green Economy Mark.

Key points include:
  • £16.3bn has been raised in London through IPOs & FOs in Q1 2021
  • There were 25 IPOs in London in Q1 2021 (16 on the Main Market, 9 on AIM)
  • 71 percent of Main Market IPOs have traded above the offer price
Build Your Resilience Through Wellbeing
As we move into another challenging year, it's important to strengthen mind and body. Criticaleye members discuss their health priorities and hopes for 2021.
Featuring commentary from:
Michele Faull, former CFO, Coventry Building Society: A real driver for me in my personal and professional life has been to know that what I do is making a difference.

Wasil Haroon, Senior Relationship Manager, Criticaleye: Remember to laugh every day – as Lord Byron said, “it is cheap medicine”.

Tea Colaianni, Chair, SID, Watches of Switzerland: I try to stick to a daily routine, so I get some fresh air and movement and I also start and finish the day doing the same things.

Richard Shoylekov, Board Mentor, Criticaleye: I stay focused on the work and do it the best way possible in the circumstances – address the particular problem and what I can actually do.

Louise Chaplin, Partner & Head of Board Practice, Eton Bridge Partners: Everybody looks at lockdown through different lenses and it’s important when thinking about our situation to remember the bigger challenges others face.

Gareth Llewellyn, former CEO, DVSA: Escapism! I find books that take me to a very different place are great for my mental health.
Governance and Sustainability: Inside, Not Just Beside the Business
To sustain our future and continue to maintain a prosperous economy for this and future generations, new business models are required.

More corporate executives are starting to integrate sustainability inside, not just beside the business. More importantly, such organisations are outperforming financially as a result of these structural changes and through the alignment of corporate purpose with profit. New business leaders are making genuine, fundamental commitments to all stakeholders.

But are these corporate shifts taking place at the scale and speed required to respond to the pressing environmental and social challenges that confront and threaten humanity?

Refinitiv, in partnership with Prof. Andreas Hoepner and his financial data science colleague Gabija Zdanceviciute, take a deeper look into its Environmental, Social and Governance data to analyse whether corporate Boards and structures are changing and if such changes have an impact on companies’ environmental and social performance.

Key areas covered include:
  • Executive compensation and shareholder return
  • Board composition
  • Gender diversity
  • Machine Learning approach
  • Women management and employees
Ten Years After the Crisis, What Next?
Guy Foster, Head of Research at Brewin Dolphin, looks at some of the lessons learned from the credit crunch and what we can expect from the global economy in the years ahead.

Discussion points include:

- In many western countries, including the UK and Europe, we are going to see a higher old-age-dependency ratio

- The stage is set for a protracted period of declining economic cooperation between the US and China

- India should overtake China as the most populous country in the world over the next 10 years

- In 2008 Microsoft was the only company in the S&P 500’s top ten which would identify as being a technology company. Now it is joined by Apple, Amazon, Facebook and two classes of Alphabet (better known as Google). 

Guy will be speaking at the Non-executive Director Retreat 2018, held in association with Brewin Dolphin and EY
The Three Lines of Offense
This report by EY investigates why it is time for companies to view risk management as a competitive advantage.