Overview

Mass wrongdoing affects us all, and as revealed throughout the banking and finance royal commission, we have a long way to go in addressing large scale corporate misconduct.

Join some of the sharpest corporate, legal and political minds in the country at this year’s Corporate Conduct and Class Actions Symposium, presented by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Fairfax Media, and Monash University (Monash Business School), on the morning of Monday 19 November at the Westin Hotel, Sydney.

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Rod Sims

ACCC Chairman

Rod Sims was appointed Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in August 2011 for a five year term and reappointed for a further three years in August 2016.

Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales, Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.

Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson’s Partners Limited where he advised the CEOs and Boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming Chairman of the ACCC.

Rod is also a past Chairman of the NSW Rail Infrastructure Corporation and the State Rail Authority and has been a Director of a number of private sector companies. During the late 1980s and early 1990s,

Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications.

Rod Sims holds a first class honours degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.

Rod Sims

Greg Medcraft

OECD

Greg Medcraft is Director of the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs of the OECD, contributing guidance, strategy and support for the Directorate’s policy and standard-setting work in the fields of corporate governance, anti-corruption, responsible business conduct, competition, financial education and consumer protection, capital markets, finance, investment, pensions, insurance, public debt management, and financial markets.

Greg spent the first part of his career in the private sector with accounting firm KPMG (then Société Générale) in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas working on corporate finance, capital markets, structured finance, project finance and funds management, before becoming Deputy Global Head of Financial Engineering and then Managing Director and Global Head of Securitisation. Mr Medcraft later co-founded American Securitization Forum industry group in New York, and was its Chairman and CEO for a number of years.

From 2009 to 2017, he was first Commissioner and then Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Australia's corporate, markets, financial services and credit regulator.

While ASIC Chairman, Mr Medcraft was also, for three years until May 2016, Chair of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Board, the leading international policy forum and global standard setter for securities regulation, and a member of the Financial Stability Board. Mr Medcraft has also held elected public office, including the mayorship of cities in Melbourne and Sydney.

Greg Medcraft

Andrew Watson

National Head of Class Actions, Maurice Blackburn

Andrew is the national head of Maurice Blackburn's class actions practice and has overseen some of the biggest class action settlements in the nation's legal history, including for people affected by the Black Saturday bushfires and for shareholders who have been victims of corporate misconduct.

Doyle’s Guide lists Andrew as a recommended commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer in Melbourne, and he is also listed by the AFR as one of the best class action lawyers in Australia. His legal career includes working as an employment lawyer and then a barrister representing unions. Following this, he worked as a ministerial adviser and then for the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), where he won an above-inflation increase to the minimum wage four years in a row in the annual national wage case.

Andrew's experience at Maurice Blackburn includes working on cases for consumers, victims of disasters and small businesses. In his work on behalf of shareholders, Andrew has represented the largest financial institutions from Australia and overseas together with retail investors. 

Andrew Watson

Steve Bracks

Cbus Chairman

The Hon Steve Bracks AC was Premier of Victoria for eight years. He now advises several leading Australian finance and service sector corporations.

Mr Bracks also holds two major honorary positions: as an Adviser to the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste and Honorary Chair of The Union Education Foundation. He is Chairman of the superannuation fund Cbus; Chair of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers; Chair of the McKell Institute Victoria and Chairman of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Trust.

a non executive Director of Jardine Lloyd Thomson Australia; and, the Bank of Sydney. He is also a member of the: Monash Business School Business Advisory Board (BAB); the Australian Republican Movement’s Republican Advisory Panel (RAP); and, the West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance (WoMEDA).

Steve Bracks

Judith Fox

CEO Australian Shareholders' Association (ASA)

Judith Fox is CEO of the Australian Shareholders’ Association (ASA), which is an independent representative body promoting the interests of retail shareholders. The ASA educates investors, stands up for shareholder rights and is dedicated to improving the standard of corporate governance and directorship in Australia.

Prior to taking on the role at ASA, Judith was National Director, Policy & Advocacy at Governance Institute of Australia, where she developed a significant body of guidance on good governance practice for the private, not-for-profit and public sectors, as well as thought leadership papers on key governance issues.

Judith has been a member of the ASX Corporate Governance Council since 2005 and involved in the development of three editions of the Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations. She has been a member of Standards Australia’s Risk Management and Governance Committees and the Business Reporting Leaders Forum.

Judith was recognised for her work in public policy by being named as one of the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence.

Judith Fox

The Honourable Nick Sherry

31 years' experience, in the Superannuation (pensions) sector. The CEO of Sherry and Associates International an independent advisory business on all aspects of the design and operation of superannuation (pension) systems in Australia and 19 countries internationally.  Chairman of FNZ APAC, Strategic Adviser to a Super fund, Household Capital and Youth, Family and Community Connections and ASA Partners. Fellow of Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees; Governor, Pension Policy Institute (UK) and Advisory, Insurance Ireland. Formerly Senior Advisor Superannuation/Pensions to Citigroup and EY, Director Spotless, projects with World Economic Forum, Harvard Law and OECD and Business Advisory University of NSW. A Senator for Tasmania Australia for 22 years, Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law; Assistant Treasurer Small Business, Tourism, Public Sector Superannuation; Minister Primary Industries and Resources.  Assistant Minister. A foundation GM, Trustee of two superannuation funds and Chair of a scheme.

The Honourable Nick Sherry

Rebecca Gilsenan

Principal Lawyer, Class Actions, Maurice Blackburn

Rebecca Gilsenan is a principal in Maurice Blackburn's class actions department in Sydney.  She has extensive experience in running complex and novel litigation, including numerous class actions in the areas of price fixing, securities, failed investment schemes, product liability and catastrophes. Best Lawyers lists Rebecca as one of the top class actions lawyers in Australia.

Rebecca is a member of the board of Maurice Blackburn, she is the deputy chair of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the chair of the UNSW Law Advisory Council.

Rebecca Gilsenan

Justice Sarah Derrington

Justice Sarah Derrington is the President of the Australian Law Reform Commission.

Prior to her appointment to the Federal Court, Justice Derrington was the Dean of Law at the University of Queensland and a barrister specialised in maritime and shipping law, general commercial law and arbitration.

With James M Turner QC of the English Bar, she co-authored The Law and Practice of Admiralty Matters, now in its second edition (OUP, 2016).

Justice Derrington is a Past President of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) and continues to represent Australia and New Zealand in various international working groups of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), of which she was appointed a Titular Member in 2016. Between 2012 and 2017, she served on the board of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

She has been a member of the Admiralty Rules Committee since 2006 and continues to serve on the Councils of the Australian Maritime College (AMC) and the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM). She was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Law in 2009 and of the Nautical Institute in 2013.

Justice Sarah Derrington

Dr Michael Duffy

CLOL Director

Dr Michael Duffy is director of the Corporate Law, Organisation and Litigation Research Group (CLOL) and is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University. He has been a Senior Associate at two major law firms and a Senior Lawyer with ASIC. As a commercial litigator he has acted for plaintiffs and defendants before spending four years as a plaintiff lawyer on Australia's first major successful shareholder class action, King v GIO. He also ran one of the few investor class actions to go successfully to judgment (Spangaro v CIAFM).

At ASIC he worked as senior enforcement lawyer on corporate investigations, continuous disclosure, insider trading, managed investments and financial services matters. He was a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Commercial Litigation Specialist 1997-2007.

Michael has published research extensively in peer reviewed journals on corporate law, disclosure, shareholder remedies and litigation funding. He has been cited by and appeared before both the VLRC and ALRC enquiries into class action and litigation funding. He was also a member of the Victorian Department of Justice Working Party on offers of compromise.

He has consulted to the private sector in relation to managed investment schemes and representative proceedings and been funded to research access to civil justice, takeover law and empirical evidence in shareholder class actions. He has a PhD for his thesis comparing private securities class actions and ASIC enforcement of investor protection from poor securities disclosure.

Dr Michael Duffy

Miranda Nagy

Principal Lawyer, Class Actions, Maurice Blackburn

Miranda Nagy is a Principal Lawyer in Maurice Blackburn's class actions department.  Currently she leads two consumer class actions against Cash Converters International Limited and in the recent past has been responsible for the conduct and successful resolution of several securities class actions against listed companies.  Miranda is highly experienced in the conduct of complex civil litigation and has a longstanding interest in corporate governance issues.  Doyle’s Guide 2016 listed Miranda as a litigation and dispute resolution rising star lawyer in Australia.

Miranda is a former member of two statutory tribunals in NSW and practiced at the Bar for five years.  She holds degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney and is a University medallist.  Miranda is also a non-executive director of environmental charity The Sunrise Project Australia Limited.

Miranda Nagy

Elizabeth Collins SC

Senior Counsel

Elizabeth is a leading commercial Senior Counsel, who was called to the Bar in 1996 and became Senior Counsel in 2010. She regularly appears in the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales, predominantly in the Equity Division.

Elizabeth practices in the areas of commercial law and taxation, with a particular emphasis on corporations law and insolvency. She regularly acts for liquidators, administrators, banks and major corporations. She has extensive experience in complex, multi-party litigation and is currently instructed in a number of shareholder, investor and consumer credit class actions. 

Elizabeth Collins SC

Elizabeth Knight

Elizabeth Knight has been a business/finance columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age for 17 years - primarily covering all aspects of listed companies, equity and debt markets and the various issues relating to them.

In this role Elizabeth covers most large companies across the industrial and resources sectors and has a particular interest in retail, banking and finance, media, technology and gaming.

She began her journalistic career as a business writer the Australian Financial Review and has completed a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Sydney.

Elizabeth Knight