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Catherine is a deeply experienced company director, having served in the past 15 years,on the boards of companies including Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, Boral Limited, AMP Limited and other organisations in the mining, financial services,property, biotech, logistics, visual and performing arts, education and government sectors.
She has previously served as a member of the Takeovers Panel.Catherine was a Managing Director, Investment Banking at ABN AMRO having previously worked at BZW and starting her career as a corporate lawyer.
Tim has been a mergers and acquisition advisor for over 30 years. He was most recently Chairman of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs Australia where he worked for 11 years. Previously he studied and taught Psychology at Macquarie University,was Chairman of Mergers and Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch Australia and a principal of Centaurus Corporate Finance, a leading independent advisory firm.
He has specialised in providing strategic financial advice to major corporations and their boards within the context of long term relationships. He has advised on capital restructures, capital raisings and more than 100 public company acquisitions.
He has served on the councils of both Ascham School and Cranbrook School and chaired the Cranbrook Foundation. He has undergraduate degrees from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Accountant.
Peter Mason is Chairman of AusNet Services Ltd, and a Senior Advisor to UBS.
Peter was an investment banker for more than 40 years. He was Chairman of JP Morgan and its predecessor Ord Minnett for 7 years, until 2005. Before that he was Chief Executive of Schroders Australia, and Group Managing Director of Schroders in the Asia Pacific region.
Peter is a Director of The Centre for Independent Studies; Chairman of the UBS Australia Foundation; a Founding Panel Member of Adara Partners; and an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.
He was a Director of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Chairman of AMP Limited; Chairman of David Jones Limited; Chairman of the Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR); a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust; and previously a director of a number of public companies. Peter has been a member of the Council of the University of New South Wales, and a Director of The University of New South Wales Foundation; a Director of the Children’s Hospital in Sydney, and Chairman of the Children’s Hospital Fund; and a Director of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (Headspace).
Mike is a qualified actuary and holds a Bachelor of Science from Queensland University.
He has spent over 40 years in financial services the last 30 years of which has been in Investment Banking. He has a deep background in both Mergers & Acquisitions and in capital structuring and solutions having spent 22 years at Deutsche Bank where he was head of M&A for over 10 years. Mike stepped down as Deutsche Bank Chairman of M&A in 2016.
Mike has advised on a large number of significant public, government and private transactions over that time and served as a member of the Takeover Panel for 2 terms from 2008 to 2014.
Mike is a panel member of corporate advisory firm Adara Partners where fees generated go to people in extreme poverty and holds a number of board seats.
Tim Sims is a Managing Director and Founder of Pacific Equity Partners (PEP). He was previously Chairman and Managing Partner of Bain & Company’s businesses in Australasia and Africa. He was an elected member of Bain’s World Wide Executive Committee. Prior to joining Bain Tim was a Founding Partner of the LEK Partnership in London and Managing Partner of their Australasia practice.
Tim has also led or served on a number of National Strategy issues, The Karpin Committee, The Nuclear Research Program and the National Service Export Strategy. He was selected to participate in the Prime Minister’s Climate Change Summit and 2020 initiative. He was a Founder of the Australian Charities Fund Work Place Giving Program and has served on the Boards of the Garvan Foundation, Sharelife / Outcomes Australia and Ravenswood School.
He has a BA / MA from Oxford where he was a Mitsui Scholar and an MPA from Harvard where he was a Kennedy Scholar.
Professor Allan Fels AO is former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and its predecessor bodies (1989-2003).
He is currently a professorial fellow in the University of Melbourne, both in the Melbourne Law School and in the Faculty of Economics and Business, an adjunct professor at Monash University in the Faculty of Business and Economics, and visiting professor at the Division of Social Sciences in the University of Oxford.
Professor Fels is former Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) (2003-2012). At ANZSOG he continues to conduct training programs in governance for senior Chinese government political leaders.
He is Chair of the Australian Government Migrant Workers Taskforce. He is a member of the Global Public Advisory Board of Uber. He is former Chair of the Australian National Mental Health Commission (2012-2018). He chairs the Haven Foundation which provides accommodation, care and support for long term mentally ill people.
He is Director of the Competition Research Centre at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and international adviser of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
As Director, FINEX, Australasia for Willis Towers Watson (previously Risk Capital Advisors), Steven is one of the most highly regarded M&A insurance practitioners in Asia Pacific.
He has extensive experience advising large private and publicly listed companies on complex and high-value negotiated M&A insurance transactions. He is known for his innovative solutions and his ability to execute a deal in a timely manner, without compromising coverage.
Steven was one of only a handful of lawyers to have been ranked in the list of Australia's Best Lawyers as published by Chambers and Partners. As a lawyer he regularly advised insurers based in Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Spain in connection with the underwriting of M&A insurance risks in M&A transactions.
Currently editorial consultant to Dealreporter, Simon established the Australian bureau of Mergermarket in 2005 where he was bureau chief and Asian editor of Dealreporter (2006-2009).
He is also a PhD candidate at Macquarie University researching the relationship between stakeholders and M&A, co-hosts the weekly Dealbook on Sky Business channel and contributes M&A commentary to The Australian.
He has some 30 years experience in researching, editing, writing and commenting on financial issues, specialising in M&A since 2005.
Maggie is Mergermarket’s Australia Bureau Chief, leading a team of journalists across Australia and New Zealand to write about corporate growth strategies, M&A deals, PE buyouts, cross-border M&A intelligence, as well as data-backed analysis and trend pieces.
She has covered a number of high-profile M&A situations such as Zip Industries, Murray Goulburn, I-MED and Nature’s Care over the past year and meanwhile produced a variety of in-depth analysis pieces about the IPO market, the media M&A landscape and shareholder activism with her team.
With previous reporting experience in China, she has also been leading the bureau’s cross-border coverage, particularly between Australia and Asia. Maggie has been based in Sydney since 2013.