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Investor Relations

Strategy and communication in a bear market

As the saying goes, markets hate uncertainty.   Since the Global Financial Crisis, global equity markets have experienced significant volatility. Navigating a listed company through these turbulent times can be extremely difficult for management teams. It can be...

Fund managers warn against ESG neglect

When the Chairman and CEO of BlackRock speaks, the global investment market tends to listen. So when Larry Fink asserted recently that within the next five years all investors will measure a company’s impact on society, government and the environment, to determine its...

If you can’t say it on the platform, don’t say it! – Social Media and Disclosure

Social media can be a very effective channel for reaching a broad audience, but also a minefield for listed companies to navigate, so a good understanding is critical to ensure you stay on the right side of the regulators. This was the topic at a recent Social Media...

Communicating Risk

As globalisation continues at pace, many Australian domiciled companies have been attracted to overseas jurisdictions in their search for undiscovered minerals and energy, cheaper labour and new markets. Especially in the resources sector, it is no longer unusual to...

What’s next for the AGM?

Annual General Meeting season is almost upon us once again and if the findings of a recent report from the Governance Institute of Australia (Benchmarking Listed Company Secretarial Practice in Australia 2014) are anything to go by, it may seem as though the AGM is in...

Going Global: The benefits and challenges of dual listings

Public discussion around the merits of Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) companies being dual listed has intensified lately. The downturn in the global resources sector in particular has seen the media and the investment community publicly question the benefits of...

Low Hanging Fruit: Positive non-financial stories are easy pickings

Regularly reporting your company’s non-financial performance and successes in areas such as community engagement, environmental stewardship and corporate responsibility provides an opportunity for positive messages to complement your financial reporting, as well as...

Tales from the US: Innovations in stakeholder communication

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The United States continues to lead the way in pioneering new and innovative ways for companies to communicate with stakeholders. And while technology is playing an increasingly important role in that process, the...

On-Market, on target – Early success from On-Market Bookbuilds

Australia has a long history of innovation in the financial services industry. Integrated electronic equities trading, the CHESS settlement system, and the public float of the stock exchange were all at the leading edge of financial ingenuity, with many of these ideas...

The Return of the IPO

After a challenging few years for the Australian Initial Public Offer (IPO) market, the December Quarter 2013 (Q4 2013) saw resurgence in IPO activity, as increasing investor confidence sparked a rush of new listings on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Given...

The AGM Season of Our Discontent: Australian activism on the rise

Shareholder activism may have finally come home to roost for Australian company boards, with 2013’s AGM season being met by the kind of agitation that market observers have long been predicting would arrive Down Under. According to a recent report in The Australian,...

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