RP Law & Business Series: Contemporary Issues for General Counsel

8 October 2014

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General Counsel face a broad array of contemporary issues. These include matters such as continuous disclosure (particularly the question of what is material and what is not); insider trading issues in relation to dividend reinvestment programs, employee share schemes, director share schemes etc; bribery and corruption issues for companies operating globally; the future of the annual general meeting; differences between the role of General Counsel and law firm partners; the combination of the role of General Counsel with Company Secretary; and, finally, the thorny matter of fees. In this seminar, Brian Salter and Julie McPherson, who are General Counsel at AMP and Amcor Limited respectively, will examine some of the key problems facing today's General Counsel, with Ron Barusch providing commentary. The seminar will be chaired by ASIC Commissioner, Cathie Armour.

About the Speakers

Brian Salter is the General Counsel at AMP. He joined AMP on 1 July 2008. Before then, he was a partner with a major Australian law firm for 19 years. Brian has more than 30 years experience advising many of Australia's leading financial and wealth management companies. Brian is a member of the Legal Committee of the Commonwealth Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC), the Law Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Brian is also a director of AMP Superannuation Limited, NM Superannuation Pty Limited and SCECGS Redlands Limited. He has a Bachelor of Arts and Laws (with Honours) from ANU and a Masters of Laws (with Honours) from Sydney University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Securitisation Forum (ASF) and a member of the AICD.

Julie McPherson is the Group General Counsel/Company Secretary forAmcor Limited. Julie commenced practice as a lawyer in 1981. Prior to joining Amcor in 2005, Julie held executive, legal and commercial positions, including Company Secretary and General Counsel at Goodman Fielder, Deputy Managing Director of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Julie has broad experience in corporate law, finance and commerce.
Julie has been a member of the Law Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2006. She was also a member of the Takeovers Panel from 2011 to 2014 and was appointed as an acting President in 2013.

About the Commentator

Ron Barusch was a mergers and acquisitions lawyer with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for over 30 years. Ron retired in 2010 after 25 years as a partner at the firm, including three years as office leader of Skadden's Sydney office.

He is currently a visiting lecturer at Sydney Law School teaching 'Cross Border Deals.' Ron also writes 'Dealpolitik' for The Wall Street Journal's Deal Journal providing a strategic look at deals currently making the headlines as well as the major forces at work in the deal-making world.

Chair: Cathie Armour, ASIC Commissioner

Law & Business Program 2014

Sydney Law School is pleased to announce its Law & Business Program for 2014. Students can also enrol in single units as part of their professional development under the Legal Professional Development program (LPD). Single unit enrolment students are not required to undertake assignments or examinations.

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Time: 6 - 7.15pm (Registration & refreshments from 5.30pm)

Location: Minter Ellison Room, Level 13 Old Law School, St James Campus, Phillip St, Sydney

Cost: Full Fee $77; SLS Alumni $66; SLS Student $44; Group (3+) $55 inc GST

Contact: Professional Learning & Community Engagement

Phone: 02 9351 0429

Email: 2826217f24380e1f37012e3e1d071b102d7d2f4f4554041a