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Article NO. Content

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Corporate Governance Best-Practice Principles for Securities Firms  CH

Amended Date: 2019.01.14 
Categories: Corporate Governance
Article 20     The board of directors of a securities firm shall direct the company's strategies, supervise the management and be responsible to the company and shareholders. Procedures and arrangement relating to corporate governance shall ensure that, in exercising its authority, the board of directors will comply with laws, regulations, articles of incorporation, and the resolutions of shareholders' meetings of the company.
    Regarding the structure of the board of directors of a securities firm, an appropriate number of the board members, which shall not be less than five, shall be determined based on the review of the scale of corporate management and operation and the shareholding of the major shareholders and by taking into consideration of the practical needs for operation. If independent directors are to be appointed, reasonable professional qualifications and objective conditions on how these directors may exercise powers independently shall be carefully reviewed.
    The board of directors shall have members of diverse backgrounds. No more than one third of the directors may act as the company's managers at the same time. The board of directors shall formulate appropriate and diverse strategies based on how the board works, type of operation, and development needs, for which standards covering at least the following two aspects shall be included:
  1. Basic qualifications and value: such as gender, age, nationality and culture.
  2. Professional knowledge and skills: including professional background, such as law, accounting, industry, finance, marketing or technology, professional skills and industrial experience.
    The board members shall have the necessary knowledge, skill, and experience for performing their duties. To achieve the ideal goal of corporate governance, the board of directors shall have the following abilities:
  1. ability to make operational judgment;
  2. ability to perform accounting and financial analysis;
  3. ability to conduct management administration;
  4. ability to conduct crisis management;
  5. possession of securities and financial derivatives products professional knowledge;
  6. possession of perspective of international market;
  7. ability to lead; and
  8. ability to make decisions.
  9. possession of knowledge of and ability for risk management.
    The board of directors shall be aware of the securities firm's operational risk exposure, such as market risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, operational risk, legal risk, reputation risk, and other types of risk relating to the securities firm's operation, to ensure effectiveness of risk management and shall be ultimately responsible for risk management.