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Directors must respond to an ever increasing range of governance issues, guiding the organization to achieve its objectives by setting the strategic direction and appetite for risk. Strong governance supports better decision making and business performance.

In Australia, whether a listed company or not, the ASX Corporate Governance Council’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations, first published in 2003 and now in its third edition, has become the benchmark against which the corporate governance practices are measured by investors and other stakeholders.

Is your governance regime up to the task?

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Mertons can help you with:

  • Auditing your existing governance practices;
  • Developing and implementing an effective corporate governance framework;
  • Developing charters, policies and procedures to support compliance; and
  • Developing and implementing board and management governance training.

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The Company Secretary role is vital and increasingly, one that requires specialist skills. The maintenance of company records and timely lodgement of company filings are key elements of an effective corporate governance function.

For small and medium size companies, and foreign owned entities, an external partner is a cost effective alternative for accessing expert support and advice for the board and management team. We also work with in-house company secretaries or provide secondment services to ensure you have the support and resources you need.

Experience and a strong understanding of the legal and regulatory framework that applies to your organization is critical. A failure of this function can result in costly fines and diminishing corporate reputation.

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Mertons can help you with:

  • Preparing board agendas and papers;
  • Attending company meetings and recording minutes;
  • Preparing and distributing minutes / action items;
  • Maintaining company registers, statutory lodgements and filings;
  • Arranging and maintaining company insurances;
  • Providing a physical registered office for local and foreign entities;
  • Acting as local agent for Australian registered foreign entities; and
  • Providing Australian resident director services.

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Most companies are required by law to prepare and lodge regular reports with the regulators as well as report on changes to other company related information. Failure to do so on time can result in costly fines.

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Mertons can help you comply and ensure you never miss a deadline by:

  • Preparing content and lodging full/half year statutory reports;
  • Developing a framework to support compliance with reporting obligations;
  • Developing reporting processes, procedures and checklists;
  • Ensuring changes are notified to the regulator;
  • Managing shareholder annual reporting and communication;
  • Producing reports and communication documentation, including annual reports and shareholder reports; and
  • Managing shareholder and investor meetings and presentations.

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Australian companies operate in a highly regulated environment. At a minimum, companies must comply with the requirements of the Corporations Act, the Trade Practices Act and the Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing Act.

If listed, or intending to list on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), the company must also comply with the ASX Listing Rules and Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations. If providing, or planning to provide, financial services and products, the company must also comply with Australian Financial Services Licencing provisions.

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Mertons can help you ensure compliance by:

  • Auditing your compliance practices;
  • Developing and implementing compliance framework, systems, policies and procedures;
  • Assessing and establishing in-house compliance roles and responsibilities;
  • Developing a compliant board and reporting schedule.

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The lead up to an AGM or other General Meeting can be a stressful and demanding time. Mertons can help you with the preparation, notification and conduct of your meeting, including providing you access to boardroom facilities.

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Mertons takes a thorough approach to ensure that there are no surprises by:

  • Liaising with external service providers;
  • Drafting the notice of meeting, explanatory memorandum and accompanying pre-meeting information, proxy form and any other required documentation;
  • Liaising with regulatory bodies and registrars before, during and after the meeting;
  • Proxy vote monitoring;
  • Drafting announcements to the market;
  • Assisting the Chairman at the meeting;
  • Preparing minutes, resolutions and associated documents; and
  • Filing documentation post meeting, including final voting outcomes.

These are some of the many aspects that are dealt with by a well managed board performance review.

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Electronic, paperless solutions save you time and adminstrative costs, streamline governance and increase security. Mertons is a licenced provider of a eShare’s online boardpack solution. Directors can access secure board information, meeting packs, meeting arrangements and other company documents and resources online from any location.

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The role played by the board in setting the direction and culture of an organisation is vital. Board performance reviews can improve board effectiveness and give investors and stakeholders greater confidence.

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Mertons conducts board reviews to help you assess:

  • Board structure, roles and competencies;
  • Board skills set, identifying strengths and gaps;
  • Succession planning issues;
  • The overall performance of the board;
  • Director’s performance of their roles and responsibilities;

These are some of the many aspects that are dealt with by a well managed board performance review.

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Mertons can provide, through our trusted partners, a range of accounting services:

  • Preparation of financial statements;
  • Periodic management and cashflow reporting;
  • Budgeting and cash flow monitoring;
  • Financial and performance analysis;
  • Activity based costing and management;
  • Working capital and funding strategies;
  • Acquisition and disposal advice; and
  • Business valuations.

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Investor engagement encompasses the communication and touch points between the company and its shareholders. It includes, but goes beyond, continuous disclosure and reporting obligations. A well-planned investor engagement strategy is an effective tool to help foster relationships, enhance transparency and facilitate feedback from investors.

Effective engagement can increase investor understanding of board decisions and build trust and goodwill, ultimately helping to improve the company’s resilience. From a market disclosure and risk management perspective, it is also crucial that all forms of shareholder communications are planned, issued and properly recorded.

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Mertons can help you with:

  • Identifying investor groups and undertaking shareholder and investor research and analysis;
  • Establishing a comprehensive shareholder and investor relations program;
  • Planning and implementing strategic shareholder communications and briefings;
  • Establishing disclosure policies, protocols and processes; and
  • Establishing a disclosure register and record of communications.

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