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Workshop 4

Corporate Governance as a Driver of Company Growth

7.30 - 9.30am, Wednesday 23 September 2015, Pullman Hotel, Auckland

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Corporate governance plays an increasing role in promoting successful company perfomance.

  • Why is good corporate governance important for economic growth and financial stability?
  • What is changing in good corporate governance?
  • The business practicalities of the new regulatory environment.
  • What part do shareholders, directors and regulators each play?
  • What is the crossover between management and governance?
  • How do boards best improve accountability to shareholders?


Simon AllenSimon Allen
Chair, NZ Refining Company / Crown Fibre Holdings

Simon is a highly regarded investment banker with more than 20 years experience advising New Zealand’s major industries. He formed ABN AMRO New Zealand as a green-fields operation in 1988, leading it to become one of the country’s foremost registered banks. He resigned as Chief Executive in September 2009. Previously Simon has advised the Crown on the sale of Contact Energy Limited, the Auckland Energy Trust on its investment in Mercury Energy (now Vector) and Telecom Corporation of New Zealand on the largest share buy back in New Zealand history.

Simon is a former chair of New Zealand Exchange Limited (NZX) and of the Financial Markets Authority. He has also served on the boards of McConnell Property, ABN Amro Craigs and Auckland Healthcare. He is currently Chair of Auckland Council Investments Limited, NZ Refining Company and Snowvision, a charitable trust which promotes high performance snow sports. He is also a trustee of St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland.

Watch interview with Simon Allen here

John PhippsJohn Phipps
Chief Executive, Forté Funds Management

John established Forté in March 2014.

He has 29 years' experience in the investment management industry, as an owner, portfolio manager and analyst.

Past positions include Director of Southpac Investment Management, joint founder and Director of Coronet Asset Management and Investment Manager of Macquarie Investment Management. From 2005 to 2014 John was Deputy Head of Equities at AMP Capital.

John started his career in the actuarial department at Government Life in 1980.

Watch interview with John Phipps here.

Robert SloanRobert Sloan
Manager, Offer Information, Financial Markets Authority

Rob is the FMA’s manager of the ‘Offer Information’ team. This team risk assess and review the offers of new debt, equity, managed investment products and derivatives, both listed and unlisted, that affect retail investors.

Rob is an experienced lawyer, having worked for major NZ, UK and US law firms whilst advising NZ, UK and international clients in relation to M&A, private equity and public equity transactions and energy, transport and defence projects.

Watch interview with Robert Sloan here


Mike AndersonMike Anderson
Partner, Lowndes

Mike specialises in banking & finance, securities, corporate recovery and insolvency law.

He advises on a wide range of restructuring and insolvency matters, including acting for the receivers on two of New Zealand’s largest receiverships. He also has extensive experience in banking and finance (on both the bank and borrower sides) and has provided advice to corporate trustees and public security issuers in respect of many debt issues and managed funds issues.

He has been recognised as a leading lawyer by independent legal directories Chambers Global, Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR 1000, and PLC Which Lawyer? and joined Lowndes from Chapman Tripp where he was a partner for 24 years.