Tony Smurfit, who succeeded Gary McGann as chief executive of Smurfit Kappa last September. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Smurfit Kappa Group’s bonus scheme for its top executives has received qualified support from an influential advisory firm to major investors, ahead (...)

The seven-year bull market has hung on to become the second-longest rally in S&P 500 history

CRH’s executive pay under scrutiny The so-called “shareholder spring” continues, with CRH one of many FTSE companies to come under scrutiny last wee(...)

BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley:  BP shareholders voted on April 14 to oppose his  $20 million pay package for 2015, the rare revolt reflecting outrage after the British oil and gas company recorded its biggest annual loss. Photograph: REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/Files

Chief executives’ outsized pay packages are again coming under scrutiny, following a host of controversial pay awards in recent weeks. A fortnight ago(...)

 While Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (above) resisted calls to return cash to shareholders, chief executive Tim Cook has shown a willingness to meet investor demands. Photograph: Susan Ragan

Activist investor Carl Icahn has dropped his campaign urging Apple to buy back $50 billion of stock this year, after the company stepped up repurchase(...)

Drug company Elan last night dropped a legal action in New York against Royalty Pharmaceuticals, the company locked in a €6.7 billion takeover battle (...)

The Elan plant in Athlone, Co Westmeath. Latest revised bid brings the Royalty offer very much into the realm that Elan says accurately represents the fair value of the company.  Photographer: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

Royalty Pharma tightened the squeeze on Elan yesterday with a second revised offer just hours after diclosing its had secured the support of holders o(...)