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If investors can make an accurate assessment of how effectively the principles of corporate governance are applied in the organizations in which they hold stock or plan to invest, they are better equipped to make decisions regarding the risks and potential outcomes of their investment. In our experience, investors who are equipped with more hands-on experience of how to evaluate and drive the adoption of corporate governance, and how to monitor its implementation within a given company are better able to avoid risk, make more informed decisions about their portfolio, maximize their returns, and plan for a seamless and successful exit.
Developing a better understanding of corporate governance frameworks is a vital tool in helping investors in Middle Eastern businesses assess risk and evaluate investment opportunities. It is of particular importance where the target companies are private and unlisted, as these businesses are not legally obliged to implement the same governance frameworks as publicly listed organizations. Investors benefit from differentiating between companies based on the extent to which they have introduced elements of corporate governance and the effectiveness with which these have been implemented. This enables investors to better evaluate and compare potential investments in terms of risk and return.
Having an informed overview of the day-to-day running of the businesses in which they invest allows investors to better protect their interests. Potential issues that might arise with management, compliance, recruitment, and so forth can be identified and action taken before the performance of the business is severely impacted protecting their investments. This knowledge is also vital in planning an exit strategy that benefits both the investor and the organization itself, maximizing investor returns while reducing the risk of disruption to business continuity.
A detailed understanding of the management of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues within investee businesses is an increasingly important factor in mitigating risk and ensuring optimal performance. In a globally connected world, reputational damage related to improper handling of these issues can have a significant and sudden impact on a company’s fortunes, and it is crucial for investors to regularly monitor the ESG status of an investment to protect them and their portfolio from any potential reputational damage, and by extension, financial loss.
A better understanding of corporate governance gives investors greater influence over their returns
With a fully developed understanding of the principles and implementation of corporate governance, investors are able to positively improve accountability, transparency, and good decision-making within the businesses they are invested in. Better informed investors, who are able to evaluate and differentiate between prospective and current investment targets are in a much stronger position when it comes to managing their portfolio and planning their investment lifecycle, from initial purchase through to exit strategy. In an ever-changing business landscape, successful investors must adopt an approach of continuous learning, to stay abreast of the latest developments in corporate governance and apply that knowledge to protect their interests and maximize their returns.