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Company Secretarial

We provide tailored outsourced Company Secretarial services to all entities.

Continuous changing legislation and regulatory requirements requires organisations to maintain good corporate order. Our experienced Company Secretarial team ensure your full compliance requirements are efficiently and continuously managed.

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We provide tailored outsourced Company Secretarial services to all entities.

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Our clients not only get an experienced Company Secretary with a relevant skill set designed to complement their Board of Directors, but as a part of Automic Group, our clients gain seamless and invaluable access to a fully-integrated service-offering that can be tailored to suit the requirements of every business need.

As the corporate emphasis on governance and compliance continues to evolve, it is essential all Company Secretarial solutions are multi-faceted and adaptable to change.

Our team of company secretaries can assist you as:

Outsourced Company Secretary (Named)

An outsourced Company Secretary delivers you the same benefits of an in-house Company Secretary with the added value and support of Automic Group’s integrated professional services team.

Support Company Secretary (Unnamed)

Adds extra strength to your existing company secretarial or compliance team and attends to administrative and procedural company secretarial tasks.

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Key Service Support

Advising on ASX listing rules

We provide advice in relation to application of ASX Listing Rules (i.e. continuous disclosure and periodic reporting requirements) and the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) to matters commonly considered by Boards of listed and unlisted entities.

Managing security holder meetings

We provide assistance in preparing, project-managing and attending all security holder meetings (including the entity’s AGM and production of annual report) with specific, tailored support leading up to each reporting season.

Company Secretarial administrative support

We provide Company Secretarial administrative support, including maintenance of statutory registers, issue of securities, acting as the entity’s registered office and managing daily security holder communications.

Directors' lodgements and notices

We advise, prepare and lodge all Director notices and lodgements required under the ASX Listing Rules and the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Attending board and committee meetings

We assist in attending and minuting Board and Committee meetings (which can be powered by CoSecPRO).

Managing stakeholder relationships

We help in managing relationships with ASX, ASIC, company’s auditor and other interested stakeholders.

ASX communications and lodgements

We provide 24/7 support to lodge and manage all ASX communications and lodgements.

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Our Company Secretarial Team

David Hwang

David Hwang

Chief Compliance Officer

  • Legal and company secretarial expertise
  • ASX listings and compliance specialist
  • Works across multiple Automic Group divisions

David is an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in listings on ASX (IPOs and reverse listings), equity capital markets, mergers & acquisitions and providing advice on corporate governance and compliance issues. He is sought out for his expertise and guidance across a range of legal, governance and ASX compliance matters that are commonly considered by the Boards of unlisted (pre-IPO) and ASX listed entities at every stage of their growth, from listings, secondary raisings and strategic acquisitions or investments. David is a trusted adviser to dozens of boards and executive teams across a range of industries, including technology, health care, industrials, e-commerce and mining. David is a member of Automic Group’s senior leadership team, and serves as its Chief Compliance Officer across the company secretarial, legal, registry and governance divisions.

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David Hwang

David Hwang

Chief Compliance Officer

  • Legal and company secretarial expertise
  • ASX listings and compliance specialist
  • Works across multiple Automic Group divisions
David Hwang

David Hwang

Chief Compliance Officer

  • Legal and company secretarial expertise
  • ASX listings and compliance specialist
  • Works across multiple Automic Group divisions
David Franks

David Franks

Principal

  • Company Secretarial, Governance and Finance
  • Over 25 years’ experience
  • CFO, Company Secretary and Senior Executive across a diverse range of industries of ASX-Listed and Public Company entities

David is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, Justice of the Peace, Registered Tax Agent and holds a Bachelor of Economics (Finance and Accounting) from Macquarie University. With over 25 years in finance and governance (including Company Secretarial and Corporate Finance), David has been CFO, Company Secretary and Director for numerous ASX listed and unlisted public and private companies, in a range of industries covering energy retailing, software as a service, transport, financial services, oil and gas / mineral exploration, technology, automotive, software development, wholesale distributions, retail, biotechnology and healthcare. He has acted in these capacities for Top 200 to small-cap companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, including for companies with OTC listings.

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David Franks

David Franks

Principal

  • Company Secretarial, Governance and Finance
  • Over 25 years’ experience
  • CFO, Company Secretary and Senior Executive across a diverse range of industries of ASX-Listed and Public Company entities
David Franks

David Franks

Principal

  • Company Secretarial, Governance and Finance
  • Over 25 years’ experience
  • CFO, Company Secretary and Senior Executive across a diverse range of industries of ASX-Listed and Public Company entities
Lee Tamplin

Lee Tamplin

Company Secretary

  • Almost 20 years' experience in financial services
  • Company Secretary across a range of industries
  • Governance and compliance professional

Lee has almost 20 years’ experience in a variety of roles covering investment management, financial services and corporate governance in both Australia and the UK. Lee is currently Company Secretary for a number of ASX listed, NSX listed and unlisted public and private companies across a range of industries. Lee has a Degree in Financial Services, a diploma in Financial Planning and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. He is also a member of the Governance Institute of Australia. Prior to joining Automic, Lee was a Senior Client Relationship and Business Development Manager for a global share registry.

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Lee Tamplin

Lee Tamplin

Company Secretary

  • Almost 20 years' experience in financial services
  • Company Secretary across a range of industries
  • Governance and compliance professional
Lee Tamplin

Lee Tamplin

Company Secretary

  • Almost 20 years' experience in financial services
  • Company Secretary across a range of industries
  • Governance and compliance professional
Maggie Niewidok

Maggie Niewidok

Company Secretary & Junior Associate

  • Legal and Company Secretarial
  • Governance and compliance professional
  • Company Secretary across a range of industries

Maggie is an admitted lawyer who works across the Automic Legal and Company Secretarial teams. She works closely with a number of boards of both listed and unlisted public companies in her role at Automic. She holds a double degree, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and is in the final stages of completing her Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute. Prior to joining Automic, Maggie worked in financial services, and in her most recent role spent over 4 years at an established ASX listed software company (growing to $400m+ market cap) as Company Secretary, and in-house legal/compliance specialist.

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Maggie Niewidok

Maggie Niewidok

Company Secretary & Junior Associate

  • Legal and Company Secretarial
  • Governance and compliance professional
  • Company Secretary across a range of industries
Maggie Niewidok

Maggie Niewidok

Company Secretary & Junior Associate

  • Legal and Company Secretarial
  • Governance and compliance professional
  • Company Secretary across a range of industries
Belinda Cleminson

Belinda Cleminson

Company Secretary, Corporate Governance Educator

  • Over 18 years of company secretarial experience
  • Company Secretary across a range of sectors and industries
  • Governance and compliance professional

Belinda has over 18 years’ experience as a Company Secretary of Australian listed and unlisted companies including ASX 200 clients. Belinda is the company secretary of various public and private companies, including ASX, NZX and OTC listed companies across a range of industries including investment management, biotechnology, media, healthcare and e-commerce. Belinda is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she is known for her partnering approach, insight and ability to proactively get into the detail to strategically advise and support boards and management. Before joining Automic Group, Belinda led the company secretarial team at Australian Company Secretaires and represented many of its domestic and global clients. Prior to this Belinda held roles within the legal and banking industry.

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Belinda Cleminson

Belinda Cleminson

Company Secretary, Corporate Governance Educator

  • Over 18 years of company secretarial experience
  • Company Secretary across a range of sectors and industries
  • Governance and compliance professional
Belinda Cleminson

Belinda Cleminson

Company Secretary, Corporate Governance Educator

  • Over 18 years of company secretarial experience
  • Company Secretary across a range of sectors and industries
  • Governance and compliance professional

Company Secretarial FAQs

+ What do company secretarial services include?

Company secretaries are responsible for a wide range of administrative takes, some of those tasks include:

  • Managing board processes – coordinating the timely completion and despatch of the board and committee papers and circulation of agendas.  Ensuring that the business at board and committee meetings is accurately captured in the minutes;
  • Ensuring members’ and directors’ meetings are properly called and held;
  • Ensuring the necessary registers are established and properly maintained;
  • Ensuring that the company's financial records are maintained, and reports prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Act;
  • Ensuring records of members’ and directors’ meetings are kept in compliance with the Act and the organisation’s constitution;
  • Understanding and ensuring the company complies with its statutory obligations, ensuring requirements of ASIC and other regulators are met;
  • Providing or procuring advice for directors regarding application of the Act, company constitution, ASX requirements and other legal and regulatory requirements;
  • Development, implementation, communication and maintenance of compliance policies, processes and procedures.
  • Advising the board on good practice in corporate governance.  If an ASX listed entity ensuring compliance with the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations;
  • Promoting the compliance framework to safeguard the integrity of the organisation;
  • Ensuring the board has the information it needs to make informed decisions;
  • Organising board performance reviews;
  • Being involved in risk management and corporate responsibility matters;
  • Policy formulation for the board;
  • Director induction and maintenance of a director manual;
  • Organising directors’ & officers’ (D&O) insurance.
+ Why do companies need corporate secretarial services?

The Corporations Action 2001 (‘Act”) outlines the legal requirement regarding the appointment of a company secretary.  Each public company must appoint at least one company secretary and at least one of its secretaries must reside in Australia.  A proprietary company is not required to appoint a company secretary, however it should be noted that its duties and responsibilities of a company secretary fall on the directors of the company.

+ What are the advantages of outsourcing company secretarial services?

Outsourcing Company secretarial services allows companies to efficiently implement the corporate governance best practices that are now common among organisations.

  • Reliable and accurate managing - allowing the company to have a team of professionals who keep a record of the paperwork and prevent the company be being fined for non-compliance or late filing of documentation.
  • Experience - by outsourcing company secretarial services, a company can gain a lot of advantages from the knowledge, education and expertise of skills by the company secretary.  A company will benefit from the extensive experience and knowledge of the skilled individuals who have the appropriate qualifications and high level of training in company secretary and compliance.
  • Proper Focus on Business Activities - outsourcing the secretarial services means that the company is now relieved from the matters of company registration and compliance and can entirely focus on the development of the business by properly channelling their time and energy.
  • Lower Risks - a company and be assured of reduced risks around compliance.  Outsourcing reduces and mitigates the chance of noncompliance.  Outsourcing providers provide a team of professionals to carry out work within a defined timeline to help mitigate noncompliance and improve the credibility of a company.
  • Cost-effective - outsourcing company secretarial services hires a person already experienced.  A company would also benefit from cost savings and time control in the fields of jobs, facilities, and training and development since the outsourcing firm already provide them.  Outsourcing company secretarial services saves the expense of recruiting and educating the in-house staff.
  • Efficient Technologies - an outsourced provider will have the platforms, equipment and tools required to carried out the job.  This will also reduce the costs of implementing and operating certain information programs.
  • Keeping up with the law - companies legislative requirement are regularly changing and due to this, it is important for the companies to ensure they are up to date with all regulatory requirements.  Outsourced providers are trained when there is a change in legislation and have an in-depth understanding of the rules and expertise in the interpretation of the services necessary by the sector.
  • Time saving - Since the firms to which the company secretarial services are outsourced are solely focused on the providing of this service, they tend to gain a level of competence which enables them to do things quickly and with a degree of expertise.