Corporate governance

Board of Directors

ABC arbitrage and ABC arbitrage Asset Management are limited companies with a board of directors. The board of directors determines the orientations of the activity and the general policy of the company and the group. He controls and directs the management. It approves the means necessary to achieve the strategic objectives that it defines. He oversees the implementation of the company’s management and control program and reports to the shareholders.

ABC arbitrage is a member of the association Middlenext (middlenext.com). ABC arbitrage’s board members regularly follow dedicated training sessions scheduled by Middlenext.

For information on the board of directors and corporate governance, consult the annual financial report. 

 

Audit Comittee

The audit committee is responsible for the following tasks:

  • It follows the process of preparing financial information and, where appropriate, makes recommendations to ensure its integrity;
  • It monitors the effectiveness of the internal control and risk management systems, as well as, where appropriate, the internal audit, as regards the procedures relating to the preparation and processing of accounting and financial information, without that his independence be undermined;
  • It issues a recommendation on the statutory auditors proposed for appointment by the general meeting. This recommendation to the Council is drawn up in accordance with regulation;
  • it also issues a recommendation to the Board when the renewal of the mandate of the statutory auditor (s) is envisaged under the conditions defined by the regulations;
  • It monitors the fulfillment by the statutory auditor of his mission and takes into account the findings and conclusions of the High Council of the Auditors following the controls carried out pursuant to the regulations;
  • It ensures compliance by the auditor with the conditions of independence under the conditions and in the manner provided for by the regulations;
  • It approves, the provision of services other than the certification of accounts in accordance with applicable regulations;
  • He reports regularly to the Board on the performance of his duties. It also reports on the results of the audit certification mission, how this mission contributed to the integrity of the financial information and the role it played in this process. He informs him without delay of any difficulty encountered.

This Committee is composed of Sabine Roux de Bézieux and Dominique Ceolin. It is chaired by Xavier Chauderlot, permanent representative of Aubépar Industries SE.

Strategy Committee

The Strategy Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on the overall strategic direction of the Company and the Group, the business development strategy and any other important strategic issues examined by the Board. It also examines in detail any major investment, acquisition, divestment or disposal projects submitted for its review and makes recommendations to the Board as to whether the projects should be approved or rejected.

This committee is made up of all the members of the Board of Directors. This committee is chaired by Dominique Ceolin.

Compensation Committee

This committee’s role is to prepare the Board’s compensation-related decisions and, more generally, to review compensation policy issues. The aim is to diversify and optimize the group’s compensation policy in order to attract, motivate and retain its executives and employees and thereby preserve and improve the group’s performance.

This committee is made up of all the members of the Board of Directors. This committee is chaired by Dominique Ceolin.

Compensation Policy

The compensation policy for the chairman and chief executive officer of ABC arbitrage – Mr. Dominique CEOLIN – and the deputy chief executive officer – Mr. David HOEY – breaks down as follows:

– A fixed amount controlled.

– Variable compensation indexed to the Group’s consolidated net income (“CGNI”) allowing real convergence of interest with shareholders and calculated as follows:

  • If the CGNI is less than €15 million, no variable compensation, other than that resulting from the company’s collective agreements, is determined;
  • If the GNI is between €15 million and €22 million: a variable compensation is calculated on a linear basis so that the sum of the total compensation up to a GNI of €22 million is at most €374,000 for Dominique CEOLIN and €320,000 for David HOEY; and
  • If the GNI exceeds €22 million: 3% of the GNI exceeding €22 million for Dominique CEOLIN and for David HOEY.

Compensation is based on a number of both objective (quantitative) and subjective (qualitative) criteria, including the Group’s performance, risk-reward profile, quality of management (staff turnover, etc.) and more generally any initiative designed to consolidate the Group’s long-term development and therefore in particular the achievement of the strategic objectives of the current business plan. In other words, the actual bonus depends partly on an assessment of the executive officer’s quality of work and behaviour within the group.

– A further bonus equal to 5% of the fixed amount whitout exceeding €20,000 per year. Paying a percentage of each year’s fixed amount to executive officers in the form of a bonus means that the officers are directly rewarded for their contribution and their long-term commitment.

– There are no benefits, no additional costs due to the termination or change of the CEO’s and deputy CEO’s duties.

Detailed clarifications & detailed figures for previous years are available in the Annual Financial Report pages 18 to 25.

For more details about governance consult our financial report

Annual Financial Report 2020

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