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Corporate governance

Good corporate governance is critical to the success of any sizeable business or organisation. Operating the right governance model ensures you deliver best practice decision-making and risk management.

Would your governance stand up to scrutiny?

With responsibility comes accountability. Regulators, stakeholders, and the market are ready to scrutinise whether your corporate governance is delivering transparency, security, and value.

Kensington Swan has the expertise to ensure your corporate governance arrangements meet all expectations. We represent and counsel boards of directors, committees, and management teams.

Our team specialises in crisis and high-profile issue management. We audit governance systems and processes, and can advise on:

  • governance structures, including committees
  • board composition and director evaluations
  • compliance programmes
  • independence
  • fiduciary duties
  • management compensation and employee incentive programmes
  • related party transactions
  • disclosure
  • resolution of board disputes and conflicts of interest.

Recent experience

New Zealand Law Society

We advised the New Zealand Law Society on the implementation of its functions and resonsibilities under the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act. We also advised the Society in the amalgamation of the statutory District Law Societies with the Society. This work included advising on the setting up of branches and drafting the Society's constitution and Branch Rules.

Unison Networks Limited

We advise the Unison board on all aspects of governance, including its Board Charter and Code of Conduct and directors’ statutory obligations. This has resolved several issues with conflicts of interest and directors’ duties.

Learning State Limited

The State Services Commission wanted Learning State Limited converted into a standalone entity, requiring the transfer of people, assets, and business. Kensington Swan provided advice on the constitution and governance required. It was essential to eliminate risk to the Crown from transferred third party contracts. Tight timeframes were in place due to the Cabinet approval process.


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