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free Is France leading the way on pay?

29/10/2012 from 17:30 to 19:00

The High Pay Centre is an independent think-tank established to monitor pay at the top of the income distribution and to set out a road map towards better business and economic success. As part of a monthly programme of seminars on pay and business ethics, we are delighted to announce this event which will introduce the pay debate in France.

Soon after François Hollande’s election victory in May 2012, the French finance minister Pierre Moscovici announced a raft of measures aimed at reforming company practice and improving business ethics.

The plans included setting a cap of €450,000 pa. on public sector salaries; setting the maximum pay ratio from average employee to chief executive pay at 1:20; limiting supplementary payments such as bonuses; and increasing shareholder power.

This seminar will offer an opportunity to discuss France’s business practice with a focus on François Hollande’s plans for reform. Will this be successful and lead to better business and economic success in France? Can these lessons be applied to the UK model?

We are pleased to announce that Denis Branche, Executive Vice President and Louis Sanchez de Loazada, Legal Director at Phitrust Active Investors. Phitrust is a French asset management company which develops shareholder engagement strategies to promote good corporate governance practices among listed companies and encourages them to develop business strategies that benefit those at the 'bottom of the pyramid'. Mr. Branche and Mr. Lozada will present the situation in France and the context to the pay debate there.

We are also delighted to welcome Axelle Lemaire, Parti Socialiste MP for France’s third constituency for overseas residents since December 2011 who will give us an introduction to President Hollande's plans for reforming executive pay and corporate governance.

We look forward to welcoming many of you to discuss this issue in a European context and to ask what we can learn from the French model.

This event is run in partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

The seminar will take place at the High Pay Centre offices: closest tube stations are Southwark and London Bridge. Map & Directions available here

This event is free of charge but places are limited.

Please send us an email at if you wish to attend.

Refreshments will be served.

This event will be the first in a series of events focusing on the pay debate internationally. Look out for seminars on Norway, Japan, Sweden and Germany coming up in 2012-2013.

For full details of High Pay Centre events, please see the website

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