Business School

Third Annual Corporate Control Forum Speakers

 
 
Mr Robert Elstone, Former Managing Director and CEO of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)

Mr Elstone retired from full-time executive responsibilities in early October 2011, having been Managing Director and CEO of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) since July 2006. He was previously the Managing Director and CEO of SFE Corporation, the holding company for the Sydney Futures Exchange, for six years (between 2000 – 2006) prior to its merger with the ASX. Robert’s career spanned investment banking in the 1980s, public company CFO roles in the 1990s in the aviation and resource materials sectors, and wholesale financial markets and risk management since 2000.  

In addition to his executive responsibilities, prior to his appointment to the ASX, Robert was a non-executive director of the National Australia Bank (and chaired the Bank’s Risk Committee of the Board) and an inaugural member of the Board of Guardians of the Commonwealth Government’s Future Fund. These board appointments were relinquished in July 2006 as a consequence of his ASX responsibilities. In February 2007 Robert was appointed by the Federal Treasurer to chair the Commonwealth Government’s non-statutory Financial Sector Advisory Council (FSAC) for a two year term, which expired early in 2009.  

Shortly after his retirement from full time executive responsibilities Robert was appointed a non-executive director of Westpac Banking Corporation (in February 2012). In December 2012 Mr Elstone was appointed Chairman of the Westpac Board Audit Committee. Mr Elstone joined the Board of the University of WA Business School at the start of 2013.

Mr Anthony Sweetman, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Advisory, UBS Investment Bank

Anthony graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1994. He is a member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel, as Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.  

Anthony commenced his career with Arthur Andersen in Perth and has been with UBS in Sydney for more than 16 years.  

During this time with UBS, Anthony’s primary focus has been mergers & acquisitions, particularly public company takeovers and schemes of arrangement. Roles have included advising Rinker on its $17 billion unsolicited takeover by Cemex; SFE on its $6 billion merger with ASX; Woolworths on its $2.5 billion acquisition of assets as part of the break up of Foodland; Aston Resources on its $5 billion merger with Whitehaven Coal; Shell on its $3.3 billion block trade of 10% of Woodside Petroleum; and Arrow Energy on its $2.7 billion acquisition by Shell and PetroChina with simultaneous demerger of Dart Energy.

Mr Justin Mannolini, Executive Director, Macquarie Capital

Justin joined Macquarie as an Executive Director in March 2013 and is responsible for cross-industry coverage of the Western Australian market within the Group’s investment banking division, Macquarie Capital.  

Justin was a Managing Director of Gresham Advisory Partners and head of Gresham Partner’s Perth office for 3 years, and before that, a partner in the mergers & acquisitions group of leading Australian law firm Freehills.   

As a lawyer and banker, Justin has more than 17 years experience in corporate finance, ranging across industry sectors and product lines.  He has led or acted on several landmark mergers and acquisitions transactions and also has a broad range of equity capital markets and general strategic advisory mandates for small and mid-cap companies in energy and resources, real estate, engineering, construction, brewing and technology.  

Justin is a Fellow of non-profit organisation Leadership WA and a member of the Board of Governors of the WA Museum Foundation.

Mr Mark Paganin, Partner, Clayton Utz

Mark is the Corporate Practice Group Leader for the Perth office of Australian law firm, Clayton Utz. He practices as a corporate and mergers & acquisitions lawyer with a particular emphasis in advising Boards and senior management of companies on their activities in Australia and in foreign jurisdictions.  

Mark is an Alumni member of the Australian Government's Takeovers Panel having recently completed 9 years as a member of the Panel and, is an Alumnus of the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Advisory Board of The University Club of UWA, a General Councillor of HBF Health Ltd, and a former WA Chairman and national Board member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia). Mark is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.  

Mark attended the University of Western Australia where he completed Degrees in Law and Commerce and was awarded Full Blue for achievement in sport. He has completed a 3 month Executive Management Program and the Leading Professional Firms Program at Harvard Business School.

Mr Andrew Lumsden, Partner, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Andrew Lumsden is known as much for his frank and practical approach as the results he achieves. An mergers & acquisitions, securities transactions and corporate governance specialist, he has the technical expertise to back up his track record.  

Andrew has a 20-year reputation for delivering high quality results in groundbreaking transactions. His experience includes significant resources, infrastructure and property transactions.  

Andrew is an acknowledged expert in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.  

Andrew regularly advises corporate clients on contested and negotiated takeovers, as well as corporate and securities law matters generally. Andrew is renowned for his work on foreign investment rules and is frequently sought out for his views on a variety of foreign investment issues. He works to facilitate Australia’s economic engagement with Asia in his role as Co-Chair of the China Business Group.

Winthrop Professor Phil Dolan Dean, UWA Business School

Winthrop Professor Phillip Dolan’s career spans more than three decades working in financial services and academia. As Dean of the UWA Business School, Phillip oversees the management of one of The University of Western Australia’s largest faculties.  

Phillip’s previous roles have included Director of the Applied Finance Centre and Head of Department of Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies at Macquarie University; Director, Centre for Studies in Money, Banking and Finance; and senior roles at Macquarie Bank including Associate Director, Research and Development in the Asset Management Division, and Division Director, Investment Research in the Funds Management Division.  

Phillip completed his PhD at Stanford University, winning numerous honours and prizes throughout his studies and career. He is a Senior Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a Member of its Policy Advisory Committee; Member and Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors; and Member, International Association of Financial Engineers.  

He holds a BA from Macquarie University, MBA from the University of New South Wales, and PhD from Stanford University.

Winthrop Professor Raymond da Silva Rosa, UWA Business School

Winthrop Professor Raymond da Silva Rosa is a Professor of Finance at UWA Business School, the University of Western Australia. He lectures in Investments, Advanced Corporate Finance, and Mergers & Acquisitions. Raymond has taught in the MBA program at Melbourne Business School, in the Masters Program at the University of Sydney and at the Stern School of Business, New York University where he lectured in Behavioural Finance. Raymond wrote his PhD thesis on the sharemarket consequences of mergers and acquisitions and retains an on-going research interest in this area. He has also provided opinion as an expert witness on several occasions in lawsuits that arose from disputed contests for corporate control.

He has published widely on M&As in academic research journals and has provided opinion in this area as an expert witness on several occasions.

He currently holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (with colleagues) to investigate the role of directors in M&A activity.