Commentaries

Commentary: Good corporate governance is about achieving the right blend

First published in Business Times on 9 May 2022 Much of what constitutes good corporate governance involves issues that are not new. Proper and timely disclosure of material information, ensuring directors discharge their fiduciary duties to shareholders whilst overseeing management, and...

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Commentary: What can be done to avoid repeat of 2013’s penny stock crash in S’pore

First published in Straits Times on 8 May 2022 The penny stock crash of 2013 must surely rank as one of the darkest chapters in the annals of the local market, given that it wiped out more than $8 billion in...

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Commentary: Quarz has a case for opposing appointment of director, but other objections not as clear-cut

First published in Business Times on 18 March 2022 Shareholders regularly have to vote on various corporate actions either at annual general meetings (AGMs) or extraordinary general meetings (EGMs). Sometimes, the issues at hand are fairly routine - such as the reappointment...

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Commentary: Can mandatory disclosures ease minority shareholders’ concerns?

First published in Straits Times on 25 March 2022 Although the dust appears to have settled on the controversy surrounding the proposed merger of Mapletree Commercial Trust (MCT) and Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (MNACT), it is worth pondering the role...

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Commentary: 5 things to note about Spacs

First published in Straits Times on 21 November 2021 Any time over the next few weeks, the first special purpose acquisition company or Spac is expected to list on the Singapore Exchange (SGX). This was recently disclosed...

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Commentary: Investors can steer companies to be more sustainable

First published in Straits Times on 31 October 2021 They need to know the emphasis firms place on environmental, social and governance factors Although Covid-19 has proven to be the most wide-reaching public health crisis that has severely damaged the world economy,...

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Commentary: Sembmarine offer: mandatory for Temasek but not for shareholders

First published in Business Times on 14 October 2021 Based on feedback received by the Securities Investors Association (Singapore) or Sias, there is confusion and misunderstanding within some segments of the retail investing public over Temasek Holdings' mandatory conditional general offer...

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Commentary: Hybrid AGMs and ‘live’ voting should be mandatory

First published in Straits Times on 9 September 2021 When Covid-19 emerged in March 2020, the regulatory authorities here fast-tracked legislation in April to allow listed companies to hold their annual general meetings (AGMs) either virtually or...

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Commentary: SPH’s media demerger: important for shareholders to vote

This is the original commentary by SIAS, unedited version from The Business Times, The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao publications on 06 September 2021 Before the end of this year, shareholders of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) will have to...

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Commentary: Shareholders must decide on Sembcorp Marine’s rights issue this week

This is the original commentary by SIAS, unedited version from The Business Times publication on 18 August 2021 By Friday 20 Aug, Sembcorp Marine’s (SCM) shareholders have to lodge their proxy forms for voting on the company’s recently proposed rights issue...

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