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Allianz launches ‘outperformance’ fee

Allianz Global Investors has launched a performance fee structure on five of its UK funds in response to the competition with passive providers and an increasing transparency clampdown. The ‘outperformance fee’ share class will charge a fixed fee of 20 basis points and a performance fee of 20 per cent that will apply only if the […]

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Legal and General to target gender gaps with shareholder votes

Legal and General Investment Management will use its shareholder power to target firms with poor records on gender balance. LGIM has already begun voting against all-male boards in the US, but will now take on the chairs of Ftse 350 companies in their 2018 annual general meetings if less than a quarter of their board […]

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Tony Wickenden: HMRC strengthens its anti-avoidance armoury

Changes that come into force from September are further reminders that tax cannot be ignored by merely placing assets overseas I have written extensively in this publication over the past few years about the Treasury’s and HM Revenue & Customs’ attitude to tax avoidance. A powerful combination of success in tribunal and court cases, targeted anti-avoidance […]

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