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Mertons' Corporate Snapshot December 2016

Mertons' Corporate Snapshot September 2016

Mertons' Corporate Snapshot June 2016

Mertons Victorian Dux Award Winner

Congratulations to Nick Burrell, who was presented with the Mertons Victorian Dux Award for his performance in the Corporate Governance module at the recent Governance Institute awards night.

Mertons' Corporate Update - April 2016

Mertons' Corporate Update - January 2016

Annual General Meetings - To poll or not to poll

Discussion on the relevance of Annual General Meetings (AGM) rumbles on. Those charged with managing the AGM process need to focus on the changing best practice of general meetings by making them more relevant to shareholders while remaining compliant with the Corporations Act 2001.

Mertons' Corporate Update - September Quarter 2015

Key AGM Dates

For those tasked with preparing the AGM documentation, some key dates to keep in mind.

Recommendation 2.2: Skills Matrix

The team at Mertons have been busy assisting ASX listed and other public & private company boards prepare a skills based matrix in line with Recommendation 2.2 of the ASX Corporate Governance Council Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (3rd Edition) (ASX CGPR).

Mertons' Corporate Update - June Quarter 2015

Are you ready for the Third Edition?

For those with a 30 June year end time has run out for those companies that have not adopted the Third Edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Council Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations.

Mertons Snap Survey on Electronic Board Portals

Mertons Snap Survey on Electronic Board portals.

Victorian Dux Award - Corporate Governance Module

Mertons' Corporate Update - March Quarter 2015

Mertons Corporate Snapshot December Quarter 2014

Insider trading

Listed Investment Companies - a resurgence?

One area of our business that has seen a definite increase in activity is the Listed Investment Companies (LIC) sector, with Mertons providing Company Secretarial Services to three LIC IPOs in the past 12 months being Sandon Capital Investments Limited (ASX:SNC), Global Value Fund Limited (ASX:GVF) and Future Generation Investment Fund Limited (ASX:FGX).

Mertons' Corporate Update - September Quarter 2014

Mertons and the Future Generation Investment Fund.

Mertons are proud to provide pro-bono company secretarial and corporate governance support to the Future Generation Investment Fund.

Mertons' Corporate Update - June Quarter 2014

ASX Continuous Disclosure Obligations Checklist

Mertons Victorian Dux Prize for Corporate Governance

Mertons Update - Australian Privacy Principles

12 March 2014 marked the replacement of the National Privacy Principles and Information Privacy Principles with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) from Schedule 1 of the Privacy Amendment (enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012.

Mertons' Corporate Update - March Quarter 2014

Third Edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations

Third Edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations released.

Continuous Disclosure - Do's and Don'ts

The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) guidance note on continuous disclosure (Guidance Note 8) is a valuable resource for directors and officers of listed companies and their advisers.

Mertons welcomes its newest addition to the team

We are delighted to announce that Geraldine Delves has joined our expanding Corporate Governance team.

Personal Property Securities Act 2009 Transitional period ends on 31 January 2014

Mertons Corporate Snapshot December Quarter 2013

Mertons' Corporate Update - December Quarter 2013

Mertons Corporate Snapshot September Quarter 2013

Mertons Corporate Snapshot is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters including compliance changes, trends and issues.

The Chartered Secretaries Australia to become the Governance Institute of Australia

Mertons congratulates the Management Team and Board of Chartered Secretaries Australia on its completion of the first step in the transition to becoming the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) Limited.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot June Quarter 2013

Mertons Corporate Snapshot is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters including compliance changes, trends and issues.

KPMG Report on Diversity Disclosure Adoption

A report by KPMG shows that the majority of listed entities reviewed had developed or were in the process of putting a diversity policy in place.

New Bill Deals with Clawback of Executive Remuneration and the Payment of Dividends

The exposure draft legislation, Corporations Legislation Amendment (Remuneration and Other Measures) Bill 2012 and explanatory material, deals with the disclosure of executive

New Commonwealth Grant Guidelines Issued

The Federal Government has released new Commonwealth Grant Guidelines that the charity regulator says will save registered charities time....

NFP Governance Standards

Under the ACNC Act, registered charities have an ongoing obligation to comply with core minimum governance standards and, for charities sending funds or engaging in....

Charities Registered with ASIC

For charities currently registered with ASIC, the start of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) means that some of their most common dealings and obligations will now be with the ACNC.

ASIC News

ASIC has released a report and a consultation paper on the impact of dark liquidity and high-frequency trading on Australia's financial markets. Comments to ASIC by 10 May 2013.

Directors concerned about distraction from strategic focus

King & Wood Mallesons' third edition of its annual corporate governance report - Directions 2013 - shows that Australian directors are facing an identity crisis due to a widening expectation gap as to the proper role of directors.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot March Quarter 2013

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot December Quarter 2012

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot September Quarter 2012

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot June Quarter 2012

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

It doesn't pay to sleep on it - Lessons from Leighton

If the extent of material gain or loss cannot be determined exactly, this is no excuse for delaying or avoiding disclosure CEO vital in ensuring no surprises occur and must act as a conduit between management and board to enable effective communication

Mertons Corporate Snapshot March Quarter 2012

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot December Quarter 2011

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot September Quarter 2011

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot June Quarter 2011

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

Back to basics governance is your companys framework functioning as it should?

Companies dont set out to fail. However, they may fail because they lack an appropriate governance framework. A recent article in The Age1 newspaper reported that more businesses failed during 2010 than during the global financial crisis, mainly due to poor risk management and negative cash flow. While this article wont delve into the science of cash flow management, it will help you understand the crucial governance basics relevant to all companies.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot March Quarter 2011

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot December Quarter 2010

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot September Quarter 2010

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot June Quarter 2010

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.

Mertons Corporate Snapshot March Quarter 2010

Mertons Corporate Update is intended to provide you with an overview of corporate governance matters, including compliance changes, trends and other issues that are important for your business.