Ian Ramsay is the Harold Ford Professor of Commercial Law at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, where he is Director of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation. He has practised law with firms in New York and Sydney and is a member of the Corporations Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia. Former positions Ian has held include Dean of Melbourne Law School, Chair of the independent panel appointed by the Government to review the Australian financial system’s external dispute resolution and complaints framework, Head of the Australian Government inquiry on auditor independence, and Consultant to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the project facilitating equity crowd funding in the ASEAN region. He is a past member of the Takeovers Panel, the Government’s ASIC enforcement review taskforce, the Government’s Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee, the Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board, ASIC’s External Advisory Panel, the Audit Quality Review Board, the Law Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the International Federation of Accountants taskforce on rebuilding confidence in financial reporting, and consultant to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics, Finance and Public Administration. Ian has published extensively on corporate law, financial regulation and corporate governance issues both internationally and in Australia. He has extensive experience as an expert consultant to government reviews and as a member of government advisory committees.
Simon McKeon is the Chancellor of Monash University and was also the 2011 Australian of the Year.
He has been with the Macquarie Group in a variety of senior roles for more than 30 years, including as Executive Chairman (Melbourne office). He is presently retained as a consultant.
Simon is also Chairman of Summer Housing which provides housing options for young people with a disability. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of The Big Issue, Blackmagic Design and GFG Alliance Australia, owner of Liberty OneSteel. He is inaugural President of the banking industry’s Review Panel for the Banking and Finance Oath and is also an Australia Day Ambassador for the Victorian Government.
He is a Director (as well as the Senior Independent Director) of Spotless Group, previously served as Chairman of AMP and CSIRO and was Founding President of the Federal Government’s Australian Takeovers Panel, as well as its Point Nepean Community Trust.
Simon is also Chairman of South East Melbourne, an alliance of seven Councils and Shires representing more than 1 million residents and 25% of Victoria’s GDP.
He served as Founding Chairman of MS Research Australia and Business for Millennium Development. He is also a member of the Advisory Panel to the Australian Republic Movement and was also Chairman of the Federal Government’s Panel which in 2013 completed a Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research.
Simon is the Co-Founder, Chairman and a proprietor of the Arthurs Seat Eagle which was named as Victoria’s Best New Tourism Business in 2017 and won the Bronze medal at the Australian Tourism Awards.
Simon is the helmsman of Macquarie Innovation which in March 2009 became the first sailboat in the world to sustain more than 50 knots and in so doing, peaked at a speed of 100 kmh (54 knots). He is also a Founding Patron of the Australian Olympic Sailing Team which was the leading sailing nation at both the 2012 London and 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics and ParaOlympics.
Chris is one of the longest serving executives in the Australian Private Equity industry and was one of the founding council members of AVCAL. Chris has led and managed the raising of all nine Quadrant funds, the first in 1996, and has been a member of the Investment Committee of all funds. Chris has led and managed a number of Quadrant investments and has been a director on many investee boards. Chris is a director of Quadrant investee companies Seniors Money International, CQMS Razer, A-Mart/Barbeques Galore, The Entertainment and Education Group, Superior Food Group, Rockpool Dining Group, Fitness and Lifestyle Group and APM International .
Steven is one of the highest regarded M&A insurance practitioners in Asia Pacific. Steven 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.
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.
Mr Wilson is a member of the Payments System Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia, a Senior Advisor to The Carlyle Group, Deputy Chancellor of the University of Technology Sydney and a non-executive director of Bell Financial Group. He is the former Chairman of Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board.
He was a member of the Commonwealth Government Review of Australia’s Superannuation System, the Stronger Super Peak Consultative Group, the ATO Superannuation Reform Steering Committee and the Specialist Reference Group on the Taxation of Multinational Enterprises in Australia.
Mr Wilson’s former investment banking career spanned almost 35 years. He retired in 2009 as a Managing Director of the global investment bank Lazard, after co-founding the firm in Australia in 2004 and was previously a Vice-Chairman of Citigroup Australia and its predecessor companies.
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.
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.