What are the advantages of the Corporate Governance Assessment?
The tool provides a practical way to measure the strength of a vehicle’s governance regime, by quantifying the level of compliance with the INREV Corporate Governance Guidelines. Compliance levels for different vehicles can be compared in a consistent way, and in future this can be set against the market as a whole – once a critical mass of funds have used the tool and agreed that their results can be aggregated for comparison purposes. It will also be possible to link a fund’s level of governance with other relevant INREV data, for example on the fund’s compliance with other Guidelines, or with its investment performance.
Why should a fund manager use the tool?
Managers can show the vehicle’s compliance with industry guidelines to existing and new investors. It forms a base reference for further improving the vehicle terms and reporting of vehicle.
Why should an investor use the tool?
Investors will be able to use the assessments during their due diligence process to facilitate a dialogue with managers about corporate governance and reporting issues. The results will help to compare the governance of existing and potential investments in vehicles.
In which phases of the life cycle of a vehicle should the assessment be used?
The tool is intended to be used right through the vehicle’s life cycle, but especially during the set-up phase and at times when new investors can enter. It will help managers to provide a statement of compliance that can be used in the vehicle’s annual corporate governance report to investors, allowing them to show the vehicle’s level of compliance with industry guidelines. It provides a base reference point for improving the vehicle terms and its reporting framework.
How often should the assessment be updated?
The Corporate Governance Assessment should be updated on an annual basis. If there is a significant restructuring of the vehicle, amendments in the side letters, or changes in the fund documents the assessment should be updated immediately.
How long does it take to fill in the questionnaires?
The time you need to fill in the questionnaire depends on your familiarity with the vehicle documents. Being properly prepared, the questions can be answered easily and additional information can be added easily by using the tool’s comment function. Going through the Corporate Governance Questionnaire is expected to take 15-20 minutes.