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Appointment of Convenor of the Companies and Securities Advisory Committee and Members of the Legal Committee

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Appointment of Convenor of the Companies and Securities Advisory Committee and Members of the Legal Committee

 

The Treasurer has announced today the appointment of Mr Richard St John as Convenor of the Companies and Securities Advisory Committee (CASAC).

Mr St John is Group General Counsel for The Broken Hill Proprietary Co. Ltd.

CASAC is an advisory body comprising leading representatives of the business community, accounting and legal professions. It has an impressive record of achievement in providing advice and reform proposals to the Government on business regulation.

The Government takes this opportunity to thank Mr David Hoare, the Chairman of Telstra and BT, previous Convenor of CASAC, for his leadership of CASAC over the past three years.

The Government also announces the re-appointment of Ms Wendy Peter, Ms Nerolie Withnall and Ms Anne Trimmer as part-time members of the Legal Committee of CASAC. Mr Bernard McCabe, Associate Professor at the School of Law, Bond University has been appointed as a new part-time member of the Legal Committee.

The Legal Committee’s work has been of considerable assistance to CASAC in their consideration of policy issues relating to the regulation of business and the protection of investors.

Appointments to CASAC and the Legal Committee are made by the Federal Government following consultation with State and Territory Governments as required under the Corporations Agreement.

Curriculum vitae are attached.

CANBERRA

27 April 1998

Contacts:
Mr Jim Murphy
Business Law Division
(02) 6263 3960

 

RICHARD ST JOHN

 

Residence:

Victoria

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Melbourne
Master of Laws (London)

Present position:

Group General Counsel, The Broken Hill Proprietary Co. Ltd. (1988-)

Experience:

Member, Companies and Securities Advisory Committee (1997-)
Board Member, Institute of Public Affairs (1995-)
Board Member, Australian Ballet School (1990-96)
Victorian Regional Liaison Committee, Australian Securities Commission (1994-)
Chairman, Trade Practices Committee, Business Law Section, Law Council of Australia (1993-94)
Deputy Secretary, Attorney-General’s Department, Canberra (1985-88)
Secretary, Royal Commission on Australia’s Security and Intelligence Agencies (1984)
First Assistant Secretary, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (1979-83)
Counsellor Legal, Australian Embassy Washington (1975-78)
Trade Practices Office, Advisings Division and Business Affairs Division of Attorney-General’s Department (1967-74)
Solicitor, Whiting and Byrne, Melbourne (1964-1967)

 

BERNARD McCABE

 

Residence:

Queensland

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Master of Laws (Corporate & Commercial)

Present position:

Associate Professor, School of Law, Bond University.
Associate Professor McCabe has extensive experience in teaching at undergraduate level in the following areas: corporations and partnerships; competition law; consumer protection; personal property; agency law; insurance; negotiable instruments; bankruptcy; and jurisprudence.
He has extensive experience in teaching at the graduate and post-graduate level in the following areas: corporate law and theory (including takeovers, directors’ duties, company groups and an explication of the economic approach to corporate law); competition law policy; and business law for MBA students.
Member of the Council (board) of Bond University Ltd, the governing body of Bond University, 1998.

Relevant experience:

He was Assistant Professor at the School of Law, Bond University from May 1992 to December 1996.
From July 1990 to April 1992, he was a solicitor in the Litigation and Corporate/Commercial groups at Bowdens Lawyers, Brisbane.

Other experience:

He was awarded the 1993 Butterworths-Stanley Shaw Bond Prize for teaching excellence.
Visiting Scholar, Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina,
USA, 1993.
Visiting Fellow, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, 1994.
Coordinator, North American Exchange Agreements, 1994.

Publications:

He has published and presented a number of papers in the areas of directors’ duties, takeovers, corporate liability, taxation, corporatisation, corporate governance, the deregulation of the public sector economy and competition law

 

WENDY PETER

 

Residence:

Victoria

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws, First Class Honours.
LLM, Cambridge University.

Present position:

Partner in the Commercial Department of Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks.

Relevant experience:

Ms Peter practises in competition and commercial law. She has 12 years experience advising some of Australia’s leading corporations in relation to commercial transactions, Corporations Law issues and trade practices matters.
Her initial experience was in litigation where she worked on major cases arising out of the attempted takeover of BHP and a series of cases for Ansett airlines in respect of the Two Airline Agreement.
She then moved to the Commercial Department where she has specialised in general corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions work as well as trade practices matters. She has advised a number of large, listed public companies and has also provided advice to government instrumentalities, including TAC, regarding their commercial activities and statutory powers.
Recently, she has been involved in advising Tip Top on its penalty hearing in proceedings bought by the ACCC, Air New Zealand in relation to its acquisition of 100% of Jetset and Ansett Australia in its formation of an alliance with Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines.

Other experience:

Past Director of the Amcor Printing Paper Group and of Amcor
Merchandising and Trading.
Member of the Victorian Committee of the Cambridge Australia Trust.
Member of the Trade Practices Committee of the Business Section of the Law Council of Australia.
Member of the Legal Committee of the Companies and Securities Advisory
Committee.
Past Member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Trade Practices and Intellectual Property Committee.

 

ANNE TRIMMER

 

Residence:

Australian Capital Territory

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws

Present position:

Partner, Corporate and Technology, Deacons Graham & James.

Relevant experience:

Ms Trimmer has had extensive experience in:
Corporate – corporate reorganisations, partnerships and joint ventures and general corporate advice, in particular, advice on general corporate governance.
Information Technology & Intellectual Property - data communications, computer and information technology, software licences, consultancy agreements, software marketing agreements, hardware acquisition agreements, copyright and confidential information, licensing of intellectual property rights and outsourcing agreements.
Other - business acquisitions and disposals and commercial leasing.

Other experience:

She has had a number of publications on intellectual property law, information technology and directors’ duties.
She is currently a director of the Canberra Raiders and Koomarri Association (ACT) Inc.
She holds various positions including:
Immediate Past President, ACT Law Society
Executive Member, Law Council of Australia
Immediate Past President, Licensing Executives Society, Australia and New
Zealand
Council Member, University of Canberra
Member, Intellectual Property Consultative Committee
Member, National Centre for Corporate Law Advisory Board

 

 

NEROLIE WITHNALL

Residence:

Queensland

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts

Present position:

Partner, Minter Ellison, Brisbane Office.

Relevant experience:

Ms Withnall’s principal areas of practice include:
General corporate and commercial advice: public issues of equity and debt securities, capital raisings, takeovers, acquisitions, underwriting and finance.
Establishment and administration of corporate trusts: negotiation, preparation and approval of trust deeds and prospectuses, trust restructures, capital raising and investment and utilisation, syndication and securitization.
Her broadly based practice currently involves:
Advice to major corporations on all aspects of corporate law, ASX listing requirements, takeovers and general business strategies.
Advice to corporations, promoters and underwriters on all aspects of capital raising, including listed and unlisted trusts, floats of new corporations, rights issues and all forms of collective investment.
Advice to corporate trustee companies and to management companies on the establishment, administration, documenting and restructuring of corporate trusts.
Advice to commercial clients on acquisitions and disposals of assets.
Advice in the area of sports law and the administration of sports and entertainment venues.

Other experience:

Director, Campbell Brothers Group and Pan Australian Resources NL.
Chairman, Queensland Museum Board of Trustees.
Former Board Member, Lang Park Trust.Member, Legal Committee of the Companies and Securities Advisory Committee.
Member, Company Law Committee, Queensland Law Society Inc.
Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Member, Law Societies of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

 

27 Apr 1998

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