mardi, avril 02, 2013

Projet britannique sur les devoirs fiduciaires des intremédiaires financiers

Cela bouge au Royaume-Uni concernant le contenu des devoirs fiduciaires des intermédiaires financiers. La commission des lois travaille actuellement sur un projet et a ouvert la consultation dessus jusqu'en octobre 2013 : "Fiduciary Duties of Investment Intermediaries". Une recommandation sera faite au Gouvernement en juillet 2014.


In July 2012 John Kay published his Final Report on UK Equity Markets and Long Term Decision Making. The Report concluded a year-long review, commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), tasked with considering the functioning of UK equity markets (the Kay Review). The Report identified widespread concern about how fiduciary duties were interpreted in the context of investment. In particular, some stakeholders felt:
- it was not clear who in the investment chain was subject to fiduciary duties and what those duties were;
- their fiduciary duties required them to maximise returns over a short-time scale, precluding consideration of long-term factors which might impact on company performance;
their obligations were entirely defined and limited to their contractual obligations or required no more than a duty of care.

Accordingly, one of the Report’s recommendations was that: The Law Commission should be asked to review the legal concept of fiduciary duty as applied to investment to address uncertainties and misunderstandings on the part of trustees and their advisers.

On 22 November 2012 the Government published its response to the Report in which it stated it supported the Kay Review’s analysis and conclusions. This project is commissioned jointly by BIS and DWP to give effect to the Report’s recommendation.


Our full terms of reference are available here. In broad terms they ask us to set out what the current law requires pension trustees, investment managers and other financial intermediaries to consider in deciding an investment strategy. In particular, do fiduciary duties apply to all those in the investment chain? And how far must fiduciaries focus exclusively on maximising financial return, to the exclusion of ethical, social and environmental factors? We are not asked to look at the law in isolation. Instead, the project will consult stakeholders about their understating of the law and how it impacts on them. Next we will evaluate the law according to a variety of criteria. In particular, is the law sufficiently certain? And does it do enough to encourage long-term investment strategies? If we think changes are needed we will make broad recommendations for reform. However, we have not been asked to draft legislation. The project is limited by our terms of reference and we will not be considering broader failings in the equity markets. We will refer any broader concerns to BIS and DWP.

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