We help organisations comply with legal, compliance and regulatory requirements to achieve best practice standards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We advise and assist clients with internal investigations, such as those resulting from whistleblower alerts and external investigations by regulators such as ASIC.
We provide whistleblower facilitation services to comply with your whistleblower policies.
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
Chief Compliance Officer
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.
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.
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.
Company Secretary & Junior Associate
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.
Company Secretary, Corporate Governance Educator
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.
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.
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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