Germany has become the latest European country to adopt quota legislation for women on company boards. The move may lead to a weakening of resistance to proposals for EU-wide measures to increase female representation on boards. The EU Commission has proposed a Directive which would force companies to select a woman for a non-executive director vacancy in preference to a man, when faced with equally qualified candidates, where women hold fewer than 40% of the company’s existing NED positions. Certain member states, including Germany and the UK, have so far managed to block the proposed directive. It will be interesting to see whether that blocking minority can be maintained in the coming months. We will keep you up to date with developments.