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Are current risk governance structures fit for purpose, given recent geo-political events?

There has been a lot of discussion on what the Ukrainian crisis means for the world’s markets over the last two months. But there has been much less of a focus on what recent events might mean for the fund industry’s risk management structures – and whether they are what is required for the world that we might well be moving into.

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The NED has conducted a survey on selection of independent directors to fund boards. The findings have been arrived at through a combination of interviews and desk research.

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You can tell a lot about a manager from the composition of its fund boards. Fund board composition standards can differ a lot, particularly in large jurisdictions like Cayman and Luxembourg.

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It is becoming increasingly common to see stories in the press of company directors being sued by environment activists because it is claimed that they are not taking their ESG responsibilities sufficiently seriously.

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Morningstar’s decision to strip 1,200 funds, with assets in excess of $1 trillion, of their ESG tag has huge implications. It is particularly significant for their directors.

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