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The outcome of the Hayne Royal Commission and the AML challenges in ADIs have refocussed Directors’ attention on the culture of the corporation and the capacity of boards and management to provide clear leadership. Regulators APRA and ASIC have set new directions in their approach to supervision, impacting corporate governance routines. The UN Compact group of corporate leaders has been an example of Directors seeking a path forward in recovering trust and integrity for the corporate sector. Directors’ Duties and approaches to corporate governance are central to the coming challenges for the joint stock company structure.
What are the responses to the hard questions from the contemporary landscape – how will our corporate sector’s leaders lobby for regulatory frameworks that provide assurance for the community about integrity while leveraging the benefits of innovation? How can legal advisors be sure boards have the tools and insights for this phase of the cycle?
Four CPD units (one unit per hour)
8.45am - Introduction
Chair: Martin Przybylski, Consulting Principal, Keypoint Law
8.50am - Opening commentary
Hon Acting Justice R Barrett, Supreme Court of NSW
9.05am - Conflict of duty challenges for Directors on subsidiary boards
Speaker: Michelle Levy, Partner, Allens
9.55am - Corporate responses and regulatory lessons from the Hayne Royal Commission and AML breaches
Speaker: Catherine Maxwell, General Manager Policy and Advocacy, Governance Institute of Australia Ltd
11.00am - Role of boards in guiding management; responsibility of non-executive Directors for company direction
Speaker: Jason Watts, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
11.55am - Banning orders for Directors; regulatory outlook
Speaker: Dr Robin Bowley, Lecturer, UTS Law
12.45pm - Q&A
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Martin is an experienced lawyer with a long history of developing effective, legally sound and commercially appropriate solutions on corporate and commercial projects of all sizes and complexities. Drawing on his technical expertise and extensive management experience in leading law firms, Martin has successfully achieved business growth by enhancing the performance of legal businesses through domestic and international expansions and mergers.
This experience has given Martin a unique insight into the issues facing his clients as they undergo similar endeavours. Outside of legal practice, Martin acts as an independent non-executive director and chairman for a number of companies, working cohesively with boards, senior executives and shareholders to assist them to achieve long-term objectives and successfully navigate short-term issues.
Reg Barrett served as a Judge (2001-2015) and a Judge of Appeal (2012-2015) of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and has been an Acting Judge of Appeal since 2016. For three decades before appointment as a judge, he was successively a partner of Allen Allen & Hemsley, Group Secretary and General Counsel of Westpac Banking Corporation and a partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques.
He was a member of the Companies and Securities Law Review Committee (1983-1987) and the Companies and Securities Advisory Committee (1991-2000) and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2019 for distinguished service to the law and the judiciary, particularly in the area of corporations law and legislation.
Michelle specialises in superannuation, life insurance, distribution and financial services law. Michelle’s clients include the wealth management areas of each of the major banks, life insurance companies and industry and corporate funds. Her recent work includes working with her clients on their Future of Financial Advice and Stronger Super projects, developing new financial products and distribution arrangements, helping to remedy breaches and selling wealth management businesses. Michelle advises on trust law, financial services regulation, prudential standards, as well as providing tax advice for superannuation funds and life companies.
She also regularly advises on directors’ duties in the financial services industry, AFS licensing and disclosure obligations and other Chapter 7 work. Michelle has experience in fund mergers and other product rationalisations, as well as unit pricing errors. She has also acted on a number of Part 9 transfers and indemnity claims. Before joining Allens, Michelle was a partner at King & Wood Mallesons.
Michelle is a regular contributor to various journals and publications including Financial Services Newsletter and the Superannuation Law Bulletin. She co-authored the LexisNexis FoFA Handbook. Michelle is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Superannuation Committee. Michelle has been recognised as a leading investment funds lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015-2018.
Catherine Maxwell is a governance policy and advocacy professional with over twenty years’ private, not-for-profit and public sector experience in governance, policy, stakeholder relations, secretariat and management roles. She has a strong track record in delivering a range of policy, governance, business and change management projects.
Jason Watts is a partner in the Sydney office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialises in mergers and acquisitions, focusing on public company and privately negotiated transactions and private equity. He regularly advises on general corporate law, securities law and governance issues. His recent matters include:
Veda in its privatisation by PEP; CVC in its acquisition of a 75% interest in PBL’s media assets; CSR in its $480 million accelerated rights issues; Westfield in its $2.9 billion placement; Primary Healthcare in its hostile takeover of Symbion Health and subsequent divestments; ASX in its merger with SFE; andWestfield in its stapling to create the Westfield Group.
Robin Bowley commenced as a full-time lecturer with UTS Law in 2014, having previously taught on a sessional basis since 2009. His principal fields of teaching and research are in Corporate Law and Insurance Law.
Robin’s current research projects focus on corporate and financial services regulation, the responsibilities of financial services intermediaries, and insurance responses to maritime security and terrorism risks.
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