GuerdonNews® Special COVID-19 News Alert

23 March 2020

Dear reader,


Welcome to a special issue of GuerdonNews®


This is a special alert providing an update on remuneration and COVID-19 responses, including: 

• A method to conserve cash, raise capital, and keep people employed

• One UK proxy adviser’s response

• Guerdon Associates' response 



How to conserve cash and keep people employed 

An alternative to laying off employees

Offering employees equity in lieu of fixed pay would keep more employees employed. However, there is a need for judgement in implementation . We provide a checklist . 

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Expectations of executive incentives in light of COVID 19    

One UK proxy adviser urges fixed pay only

PIRC, the largest independent corporate governance and shareholder advisory in Europe calls for companies to suspend incentives and bonuses until the end of the financial year. 

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Guerdon Associates' response   

Smooth transition so that our high service standards for boards are being maintained

Guerdon Associates have been preparing for a potential total lockdown for weeks. Full plans were implemented last week. Our technology works well. Staff are safe, and clients are being well serviced. But although we had a trial run last week, we are yet to test it across all staff for a virtual after work Thursday night drinks and nibbles session. At least we do not have to worry about ensuring all staff will get safely home.....

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