Australia’s ASIC lacks bite as UK regulators chew down on financial spruikers

While ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft this week warned the Australian funds management industry to clean up their act, in the UK, financial regulators will soon have the power to intervene directly in the market. By Pat McConnell In opening the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) forum this week,...



11 Things Mining Companies Should Focus on to Increase Their Chances of Attracting Investment

It’s no secret that the past twelve months have presented a challenging capital raising environment for the mining industry. Traditional debt and equity markets declined amidst a risk-averse investor sentiment and while new sources of capital emerged to fill the gaps, it remained a competitive time for mining companies...



Cubbie Station – Chinese FDI success story

Out of administration Cubbie Station is  set to bale 200,000 bales or 45,000 metric tonnes of  cotton in its first harvest under Chinese ownership .Considering 75% of Aust cotton goes to China so a win/win and no national interest issues and a clear example of Chinese Foreign Direct Investment...



Chinese Gold Rush for Australian Bricks and Mortar

IN THE 1850s, the Chinese came to Australia to mine for gold. This year they’re coming for property. At a recent roadshow in Shanghai, the prestige agency Sotheby’s showcased nine Sydney luxury homes to an enthralled audience. In the room were 60 people who had expressed interest in the...



Planning or Development ?

Plans do not develop anyone – only development experiences develop people. For example a company may have great plans to shed expenses. Management may  be very proud of their  plans, which include detailed daily goals for x, y and z. And if our execution were half as good as...



USE YOUR AUSTRALIAN BANK ACCOUNT OR LOSE YOUR MONEY!

On 26/2/13 the Australian Financial Review ran a story advising that the period for a bank account to be declared “dormant” has reduced from seven years to three years. The article cites legislation passed last December. By 31st March all authorised deposit taking institutions must lodge an unclaimed money return to...



Changing Tastes: Australian Food and Agriculture M&A Sector Spotlight, 5th March Hong Kong

Mergermarket in conjunction with King & Wood Mallesons and National Australia Bank have invited us to the “Changing Tastes: Australian Food and Agriculture M&A Sector Spotlight” breakfast panel discussion, which is to be held on March 5th at Island Shangri-La hotel, Hong Kong with leading experts in the M&A field who will...



Australian Financial Services Industry Overview

On November 10 2012 Sean Rothsey presented this  compiled overview to Committee Members of the Finance, Legal and Taxation Committee of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong to assist its members navigate, or assist clients of members to understand and navigate regulatory issues in the Financial Services...



Australian Stockbroking – industry commentary 2012.

Once again the global financial markets continued to issue challenges to investors and traders alike in the 12 months to 31 December 2012 . Total ASX Market turnover per month has been  fluctuating at at contract volumes of between 10,722,707 to 15,259,270 notes per month ( equity trades only...



Hong Kong Capabilities enhanced

Hong Kong Capabilities  enhanced commencing February  2013 . Simon Potter – Advisor Simon Potter is a Founding Partner of Business Succession Partners Ltd , a Hong Kong firm facilitating outcomes for business owners and business professionals particularly in the Family Office space. Commencing 1 February 2013 Simon assists The Merkin...



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