Season 20: The ECM Exchange


Hosted by John Hutchinson, our Equity Capital Markets experts examine the latest issues facing company directors and boards, including preparing for AGMs, ESG issues, cleansing notices and shareholder activism.

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Cleansing notices

John Hutchinson, Michelle Eastwell and Sevan Gore discuss cleansing notices, which are an important part of any capital raising toolkit. What is a cleansing notice, when would you use one and what happens if there is a breach of any of the cleansing notice requirements?

Shareholder activism and defamation

John Hutchinson, James Morvell and Hamish McNair discuss how defamation issues may arise when claims are made against companies or individuals within companies, what defences are available and how to prevent these issues arising in the first place.

ESG: what listed entities need to know

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are a big topic in corporate life but have particular importance for listed entities, given the public nature of ESG disclosures, investor interest and the potential for regulatory and class action risk. John Hutchinson, Julian Hammond and Vanessa Murphy discuss the change in ESG emphasis from regulators, what to do if your company receives a notice about ESG-related issues, and why bluewashing is the next issue on the horizon.

How to prepare for AGM season

With companies gearing up for AGM season, John Hutchinson and Deborah Chew discuss how to best prepare for AGMs, including whether meetings will be in-person, virtual or hybrid, typical resolutions and areas of possible controversy.

Key contacts

Corporate & commercial lawyer John is a consultant for the firm. His work focuses on property fund M&A.

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Deborah is a leading commercial transaction lawyer with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets.

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Julian is a commercial disputes lawyer, with specialist expertise in the use and misuse of regulatory powers.

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Corporate & commercial lawyer Vanessa's experience includes M&A, funds, capital markets transactions and regulatory advice.

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Hamish is a commercial disputes lawyer, with expertise in urgent relief applications, defamation matters and defence of class actions.

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James has particular expertise in equity capital markets, corporate transactions, and public and private M&A.

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Michelle is an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and ASX listings.

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Sevan Gore has over 10 years of experience as a corporate lawyer with significant experience in the mining industry.

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