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Governance

Our experienced team of lawyers and Company Secretaries work cohesively to deliver a full range of corporate governance services.

We help organisations comply with legal, compliance and regulatory requirements to achieve best practice standards.

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Our experienced team of lawyers and Company Secretaries work cohesively to deliver a full range of corporate governance services.

Corporate governance is about enabling organisations to control risks and assuring compliance. Our purpose-built corporate governance solutions empower listed and unlisted entities to more confidently navigate the challenges of the dynamic governance landscape.

Expert governance services and support

Risk assessment

We conduct risk assessment audits of corporate governance and compliance documents and procedures to identify deficiencies and suggest improvements. 
This includes providing solutions to anti-bribery, corruption, modern slavery and whistleblower compliance requirements and assistance in implementing them.

Satisfaction of regulatory requirements or best practice standards

We provide or amend documentation and procedures to bring entities into line 
with regulatory requirements or best practice standards (including with a socially ethical lens). For ASX listed entities, we advise on the changes required to positively report against as many of the new Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (4th edition, February 2019) as possible.

Review against industry reports

We would be pleased to conduct a review of your entity’s practices and procedures against those recommended in relevant industry reports such as the CBA Prudential Inquiry Final Report or the Royal Commission Report into Misconduct in the Banyans, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Training workshops

We prepare or facilitate training workshops, presentations and refresher courses in relation to governance and compliance to ensure the entire organisation understands its importance and how to implement procedures.

Internal and external investigations

We advise and assist clients with internal investigations, such as those resulting from whistleblower alerts and external investigations by regulators such as ASIC.

Whistle blower facilitation services

We provide whistleblower facilitation services to comply with your whistleblower policies.

Minimise governance and compliance risks

The market now demands greater accountability, scrutiny and exposure of directors and organisations who fail to comply with laws, regulations and ethical considerations.

It is therefore crucial that board members implement robust corporate governance policies and strong but flexible procedures that comply with changing regulatory requirements, mitigate risk and still enable the business to function and grow.

The Automic Legal and Automic Company Secretarial team work cohesively to assess, strategise and implement policies and procedures that:

  • Minimise these governance and compliance risks for directors and their organisations

  • Are robust and reliable and take into account current market views on accountability and socially ethical considerations

  • Are flexible enough to allow ongoing business growth

What is corporate governance and its purpose?

Corporate governance encompasses the processes, practices and policies that a company relies on to make formal decisions and to manage the company.  It aims to protect shareholder rights, enhance disclosure and transparency, facilitate effective functioning of the board and provide an efficient legal and regulatory administration framework.  In addition, it defines the relationship between shareholders, management, the board of directors and other stakeholders

The purpose of corporate governance is to facilitate effective management that can assist in delivering the long-term success of a company.  The importance of corporate governance is growing in today’s environment, due to the fact governance is an important way of ensuring transparency that makes sure the interests of all stakeholders (shareholders, managers, employees, suppliers, customers, among others) are protected.

Why is corporate governance necessary?

The corporate governance framework followed by a company is the distribution of rights and responsibilities by all participants within a company.  Corporate Governance ensures everyone in the company follows appropriate and transparent decision making process and that the interests of all stakeholders are protected.

Adhering to good corporate governance helps the company to regulate risk, it is essential for a company to achieve its objectives and drive improvement, as well as maintain legal and ethical standing in the eyes of stakeholders and regulators.

How corporate governance provides benefits to companies

Corporate governance assists in building an environment of trust, transparency and accountability necessary for fostering long-term investment, financial stability and business integrity. It ensures that the management of a company considers the best interests of everyone, helps companies deliver long-term corporate success and economic growth, maintains the confidence of investors, can have a positive impact on the price of shares, improves control over management and information systems, gives guidance to the owners and managers about what are the goals strategy of the company, foresters a strong brand reputation and assist in regulating risks.

Strong governance supports better decision making, better business performance and better risk mitigation.

What type of services does corporate governance include?

  • Audit existing governance practices.
  • Develop and implement an effective corporate governance framework.
  • Develop charters, policies and procedures to support compliance.
  • Provide relevant contemporary company wide governance training.

How does corporate governance reduce risk?

A good corporate governance framework can mitigate a company’s risks, thus reducing director’s exposure and enhancing the company’s risk profile.  Corporate Governance when enacted effectively can clarify risk and consequently, can control it.

How can corporate governance boost board performance?

Corporate governance best practices offer guidelines for board members to be most effective in bringing strategic value to their company.  Board chairpersons and members help ensure the board plays a key role in their company’s success when they develop strong understanding of, and successfully implement corporate governance best practices. Corporate Governance formally establishes goals, ensures support by management and board in addition it establishes coherent business direction and aids in ensuring the confidence of stakeholders.

Whether listed or unlisted, the ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations is the benchmark against which the corporate governance practices are measured by investors and other stakeholders.

Why is risk management important in corporate governance?

Corporate governance enhances the division of responsibility within the company for risk management and determines at each level how risk management will be implemented.  Corporate Governance when enacted effectively can clarify risk and consequently, can control it.

 

Corporate governance encompasses the processes, practices and policies that a company relies on to make formal decisions and to manage the company.  It aims to protect shareholder rights, enhance disclosure and transparency, facilitate effective functioning of the board and provide an efficient legal and regulatory administration framework.  In addition, it defines the relationship between shareholders, management, the board of directors and other stakeholders

The purpose of corporate governance is to facilitate effective management that can assist in delivering the long-term success of a company.  The importance of corporate governance is growing in today’s environment, due to the fact governance is an important way of ensuring transparency that makes sure the interests of all stakeholders (shareholders, managers, employees, suppliers, customers, among others) are protected.

 

The corporate governance framework followed by a company is the distribution of rights and responsibilities by all participants within a company.  Corporate Governance ensures everyone in the company follows appropriate and transparent decision making process and that the interests of all stakeholders are protected.

Adhering to good corporate governance helps the company to regulate risk, it is essential for a company to achieve its objectives and drive improvement, as well as maintain legal and ethical standing in the eyes of stakeholders and regulators.

 

Corporate governance assists in building an environment of trust, transparency and accountability necessary for fostering long-term investment, financial stability and business integrity. It ensures that the management of a company considers the best interests of everyone, helps companies deliver long-term corporate success and economic growth, maintains the confidence of investors, can have a positive impact on the price of shares, improves control over management and information systems, gives guidance to the owners and managers about what are the goals strategy of the company, foresters a strong brand reputation and assist in regulating risks.

Strong governance supports better decision making, better business performance and better risk mitigation.

 
  • Audit existing governance practices.
  • Develop and implement an effective corporate governance framework.
  • Develop charters, policies and procedures to support compliance.
  • Provide relevant contemporary company wide governance training.
 

A good corporate governance framework can mitigate a company’s risks, thus reducing director’s exposure and enhancing the company’s risk profile.  Corporate Governance when enacted effectively can clarify risk and consequently, can control it.

 

Corporate governance best practices offer guidelines for board members to be most effective in bringing strategic value to their company.  Board chairpersons and members help ensure the board plays a key role in their company’s success when they develop strong understanding of, and successfully implement corporate governance best practices. Corporate Governance formally establishes goals, ensures support by management and board in addition it establishes coherent business direction and aids in ensuring the confidence of stakeholders.

Whether listed or unlisted, the ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations is the benchmark against which the corporate governance practices are measured by investors and other stakeholders.

 

Corporate governance enhances the division of responsibility within the company for risk management and determines at each level how risk management will be implemented.  Corporate Governance when enacted effectively can clarify risk and consequently, can control it.

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Our Governance 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
Andrew Whitten

Andrew Whitten

Principal

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Over 20 years’ experience
  • Specialising in back-door listings on the ASX & NSX, IPOs and M&A

Andrew is a corporate lawyer with a particular focus on ASX listed companies. Over the past decade Andrew has been involved in dozens of transactions, including reverse takeovers and IPOs across a wide range of industry sectors, with an emphasis on technology, health & medical and mining companies. He is widely regarded as Sydney’s leading specialist in delivery of legal services to ASX listed companies and has steered dozens of them through listing, raising capital, mergers & acquisitions and disposals of business. Andrew has an excellent relationship with ASIC and ASX officers, as well as with Sydney’s leading bankers and brokers.

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Andrew Whitten

Andrew Whitten

Principal

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Over 20 years’ experience
  • Specialising in back-door listings on the ASX & NSX, IPOs and M&A
Andrew Whitten

Andrew Whitten

Principal

  • Corporate and Commercial Law
  • Over 20 years’ experience
  • Specialising in back-door listings on the ASX & NSX, IPOs and M&A
David Franks

David Franks

Principal

  • Company Secretarial, Governance and Finance
  • Over 25 years’ experience
  • CFO, Company Secretary and Senior Executive across 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 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 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
Sinead Teague

Sinead Teague

Company Secretary

  • Over 10 years of company secretarial experience in Australia and Ireland
  • Company Secretary across a range of sectors and industries
  • Governance and compliance professional

Sinead has over 10 years’ experience within company secretarial roles in Australia and Ireland. Sinead has worked with a varied portfolio of ASX listed companies across technology, mining, financial and communications as well as providing company secretarial services for other public, private and not-for-profit entities. Sinead has a Masters in Management and Corporate Governance and a degree in Law with Government and is an associate member of the Governance Institute having qualified as a Chartered Company Secretary through the ISCA (now Governance Institute).

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Sinead Teague

Sinead Teague

Company Secretary

  • Over 10 years of company secretarial experience in Australia and Ireland
  • Company Secretary across a range of sectors and industries
  • Governance and compliance professional
Sinead Teague

Sinead Teague

Company Secretary

  • Over 10 years of company secretarial experience in Australia and Ireland
  • Company Secretary across a range of sectors and industries
  • Governance and compliance professional
Dean Jagger

Dean Jagger

Company Secretary

  • Company Secretarial and Governance
  • 10 years’ financial services experience
  • Specialising in Listing Rules, Corporations Act and Corporate Governance

Dean is an experienced Company Secretary, with a particular focus on small cap ASX listed companies across a number of sectors including software, media, biotechnology and mining. Dean joined the Company Secretary team at Automic Legal at the beginning of 2017. Prior to this, Dean worked in the share registry space for 8 years, most recently as a Client Relationship Manager for a number of top 200 ASX listed companies. Dean is in the final stages of completing a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business & Commerce double degree and has a Certificate in Governance Practice from the Governance Institute.

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Dean Jagger

Dean Jagger

Company Secretary

  • Company Secretarial and Governance
  • 10 years’ financial services experience
  • Specialising in Listing Rules, Corporations Act and Corporate Governance
Dean Jagger

Dean Jagger

Company Secretary

  • Company Secretarial and Governance
  • 10 years’ financial services experience
  • Specialising in Listing Rules, Corporations Act and Corporate Governance
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
Elizabeth McGregor

Elizabeth McGregor

Company Secretary

  • Experienced governance professional
  • Company Secretary in various industries and sectors
  • Specialising in Listing Rules, Corporations Act and Corporate Governance

Elizabeth holds a BA (Hons) from the University of London, an MBA (Distinction) from Macquarie University and a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia. She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a NSW Justice of the Peace. Prior to joining Automic, Elizabeth worked with a provider of outsourced governance services and was Company Secretary for a number of ASX, NZX and OTC listed companies in addition to other public, private and not-for-profit entities. Elizabeth has experience in various industries including investment management, biotechnology, healthcare and e-commerce.

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Elizabeth McGregor

Elizabeth McGregor

Company Secretary

  • Experienced governance professional
  • Company Secretary in various industries and sectors
  • Specialising in Listing Rules, Corporations Act and Corporate Governance
Elizabeth McGregor

Elizabeth McGregor

Company Secretary

  • Experienced governance professional
  • Company Secretary in various industries and sectors
  • Specialising in Listing Rules, Corporations Act and Corporate Governance