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RP Law & Business: The Protection of Minority Investors and the Compensation of their Losses    View Summary
3 December 2014

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In this 2014 Ross Parsons Law & Business Seminar series, Professor Jennifer Hill and Dr Olivia Dixon will address the topic The Protection of Minority Investors and the Compensation of their Losses. "Investor protection" has a long-standing legal pedigree in relation to business corporation. Since the early 20th century, when Berle and Means famously highlighted shareholder vulnerability and powerlessness in the modern public corporation, investor protection has been an important underpinning ideal in corporate and securities law in both the United States and Australia. This is in spite of fundamental changes since that time to capital markets, and to the profile of shareholders. This seminar will examine Australia's continuous disclosure regime, in conjunction with ss1041E (false or misleading statements) and 1041H (misleading or deceptive conduct) of the Corporations Act. The seminar will examine the extent to which these regulatory mechanisms provide adequate protection to minority investors, focusing on the enforcement of rights through actions by ASIC (as in, for example, Forrest v ASIC (HCA, 2012) and investor litigation, particularly class actions.

About the Speakers
Olivia Dixon joined the Law School in 2013 as Lecturer in the Regulation of Investment and Financial Markets. Olivia teaches and researches in corporate law, with a particular interest in corporate crime. Prior to entering academia, Olivia practiced as a corporate finance attorney in Sydney and New York. Before becoming an attorney in 2003, Olivia worked as an analyst for a corporate finance company and at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Olivia has an LLM and JSD from New York University, where her doctoral dissertation was an empirical study examining the role of mutual funds as corporate governance monitors.

Jennifer Hillis Professor of Corporate Law at Sydney Law School and a Director of the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law. She is known for her work in comparative corporate law and governance. A graduate of the University of Sydney and Oxford University, Jennifer has been a Visiting Professor at several overseas law schools, including Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, University of Texas and Cornell. In 2013, she held the Foreign Chair at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

About the Commentator

Michael Leggis an Associate Professor at UNSW Law, Australia. Michael's research interests include class actions, litigation funding and the interaction between public and private enforcement in the area of securities regulation. His research has been cited in judgments from the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Victoria, and in law reform reports by the Australian Law Reform Commission, NSW Law Reform Commission and Victorian Law Reform Commission.

He is the author of Case Management and Complex Civil Litigation (2011) published by Federation Press and co-author of Principles of Civil Procedure in New South Wales (2d ed 2012) published by Thomson Reuters. He is also the editor of Regulation, Litigation and Enforcement (2011) published by Thomson Reuters and The Future of Dispute Resolution (2013) published by LexisNexis.

Michael has 15 years of experience as a legal practitioner having worked with leading Australian and US law firms. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court of Australia, High Court of Australia and in the State and Federal courts of New York.

MCLE/CPD points: 1

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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2014 Australasian Ethics Network Conference   View Summary
3 December 2014 to 5 December 2014

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Australasian Ethics Network Conference which will take place 3-5 December 2014 at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

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Recent Developments in Securities Fraud and Insider Trading Litigation in the US and Australia   View Summary
22 December 2014

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Antonia M. Apps is the keynote speaker at this joint ASIC/Sydney Law School seminar. Ms Apps, who played a major role as a prosecutor in a number of the recent high profile securities fraud and insider trading cases in the United States, will discuss recent developments in US securities law enforcement and US case law.

The commentators at this seminar will be Justice Michael Wigney of the Federal Court of Australia and Chris Savundra, ASIC. They will discuss recent Australian developments in securities fraud and insider trading litigation, including the issue of whether Australia has sufficiently stringent penalties in this area of law, compared to the US. The general issue of the relatively low penalties available to ASIC was recently noted by the Financial System inquiry in its Interim Report (July 2014).

The seminar will be chaired by Dr Greg O'Mahoney and Professor Jennifer Hill.

About the Speakers
Antonia M. Apps recently joined the prestigious firm, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where she is a partner, specialising in securities litigation, white-collar crime and complex commercial litigation, in the New York office. Prior to joining Milbank, Ms Apps served in the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Criminal Division, where she was a member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. She was a prosecutor in some of the government's highest profile securities fraud and insider trading cases. Prominent examples include the prosecution of hedge fund SAC Capital Advisers, LP (which resulted in a guilty plea by SAC Capital, with criminal and civil penalties of $1.8 billion), and the successful prosecution and conviction after trial of SAC's portfolio manager, Michael Steinberg. Ms Apps is an alumna of Sydney Law School (1990), Oxford University (1993) and Harvard Law School (1994).

Justice Michael Wigney was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in 2013. He worked in the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions from 1989 to 1993, and then went to the Bar, where he specialised, inter alia, in complex financial and corporate offences. Justice Wigney is an alumnus of Sydney University.

Chris Savundra is the Senior Executive Leader - Markets Enforcement at ASIC. His responsibilities include investigation and enforcement in relation to market misconduct, corporate governance and financial crime. He has had the carriage of some of ASIC's major investigations and litigation, including in the insider trading area. He is a graduate of University of Western Australia and Oxford University, and previously worked in the litigation group at Allens Arthur Robinson and Herbert Smith Freehills.

MCLE/CPD points: 1