ASIC challenges AMP and Clayton Utz over failure to produce documents

ASIC challenges AMP and Clayton Utz over failure to produce documents

As part of its investigation into AMP for charging 'fees for no service' (FFNS), the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has called on the financial services firm and Clayton Utz to provide certain documents it claims have been withheld. ASIC has applied to the Federal Court of Australia for an order that ...

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Former Leighton CFO found guilty of cooking the books

Former Leighton CFO found guilty of cooking the books

Former Leighton Holdings (LHL) chief financial officer and director Peter Alan Gregg has been found guilty of criminal charges brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).  After a five-week trial in the District Court of New South Wales, a jury found Gregg (of Pyrmont, NSW) had engaged ...

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IOOF leaders step down over APRA row

IOOF leaders step down over APRA row

The managing director and chairman of IOOF Holdings (ASX: IFL) have stepped down from their roles to fight legal action brought by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), in what the finance services provider has described as an "appropriate" step in the interests of governance. APRA announced on Friday that ...

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Is Comprehensive Credit Reporting the key to driving innovation?

Is Comprehensive Credit Reporting the key to driving innovation?

It's no secret the July 2018 introduction of mandatory comprehensive credit reporting (CCR) has ushered in a positive change for consumers. However, with only 50 per cent of credit data now shared as a requirement, will the financial services sector be ready to release 100 per cent of its data by mid-2019? Daniel Wessels, who won the ...

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Afterpay backs increased powers for ASIC in 'buy now pay later' market

Afterpay backs increased powers for ASIC in 'buy now pay later' market

With the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) pitch to have its intervention powers extended in the 'buy now pay later' market, one could be forgiven for thinking Afterpay Touch Group (ASX: APT) would be against the idea. Business has been booming for the Melbourne-based company led by Nicholas Molnar (pictured)...

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No earnings guidance from Blue Sky with board change underway

No earnings guidance from Blue Sky with board change underway

The outgoing chairman of Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) is confident restructuring efforts will help deliver returns, but unlike in previous years the company has not given any earnings guidance for FY2019 at today's annual general meeting (AGM). Chairman John Kain (pictured), who will be replaced by former Hastings Funds...

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Government announces $2b injection for small business

Government announces $2b injection for small business

The Federal Government is offering a leg up to around three million small businesses in Australia through the creation of a $2 billion fund that will be channelled through loans to small banks and non-bank lenders. The Australian Business Securitisation Fund is expected to improve competition in the business loan market, where borrow...

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Blue Sky stands by Pinnacle deal after Wilson ups the ante

Blue Sky stands by Pinnacle deal after Wilson ups the ante

Wilson Asset Management (ASX: WAM) has raised the stakes in its bid to run Blue Sky Alternative Investments' (ASX: BLA) alternative access fund, but the embattled company has been unswayed. WAM has offered a fee-free period for BLA-managed assets as well as an expansion of the scope of its services to match those of Alterum, the name ...

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CTM founder buys more shares amidst short sell attack

CTM founder buys more shares amidst short sell attack

After losing more than $120 million from a hedge fund "ambush" of his company, Corporate Travel Management ('CTM', ASX: CTD) CEO Jamie Pherous (pictured) is reinvesting in the business he founded. After the group released an Ernst & Young-backed defence of its financial health, on Friday Pherous acquired 115,000 shar...

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Corporate Travel Management strikes back

Corporate Travel Management strikes back

After 11 days under siege from a short selling attack, Corporate Travel Management ('CTM', ASX: CTD) is taking its defence up a notch with a review from Ernst & Young (EY) that "has not identified any issues or concerns" with its North American business and has sought to explain alleged discrepancies in cash flow an...

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VGI furthers short position in Corporate Travel over "serious additional concerns"

VGI furthers short position in Corporate Travel over "serious additional concerns"

Hedge fund VGI Partners has been emboldened by last week's 27 per cent fall in Corporate Travel Management ('CTM', ASX: CTD) shares and has increased its short position in the Brisbane company. The fund sent a 52-page to investors last night claiming the group tried to "tap-dance out of trouble" over allegations...

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Brisbane property tech company PEXA to be acquired for $1.6 billion

Brisbane property tech company PEXA to be acquired for $1.6 billion

A consortium including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA), Link Administration Holdings and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners is set to acquire a major Aussie tech group for around $1.6 billion. The bidders have announced they will acquire Property Exchange Australia Limited (PEXA) after shareholders at PEXA agre...

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Class action on the table after short seller report

Class action on the table after short seller report

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is set to weigh in on VGI Partners' $55 million short on Brisbane-based travel company Corporate Travel Management ('CTM', ASX: CTD), with a class action potentially on the cards. But who the Melbourne-headquartered firm will be against is now the question. An investigation is currently underway i...

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Wattle Hill increases bid for Capilano takeover

Wattle Hill increases bid for Capilano takeover

This morning, Australian honey producer Capilano went into a trading halt pending news of a completed takeover. However, shortly after, the company left the halt to announce that the Wattle Hill and ROC Capital consortium has agreed to increase its takeover offer. The China-focused private investors will now be paying $21 per share fo...

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MYOB opens its books to KKR

MYOB opens its books to KKR

Listed software company MYOB (ASX: MYO) has granted due diligence to private equity firm KKR ahead of its proposed $2.2 billion takeover bid. KKR, which already owns a 20 per cent stake in MYOB, announced its takeover of the software company in early October. The takeover remains subject to completion of KKR's due diligence proces...

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Corporate Travel Management rejects 'misunderstood' short selling report from VGI Partners

Corporate Travel Management rejects 'misunderstood' short selling report from VGI Partners

"CTM has a clear strategy to establish a global footprint and generate scale, but is not intending to do this by building a costly and less productive small office 'bricks and mortar' empire," the group says.  Ahead of its AGM today Corporate Travel Management (CTM, ASX: CTD) has hit back at VGI Partners over its sh...

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Grant Hackett to lead Generation Development Group

Grant Hackett to lead Generation Development Group

Swimming legend-turned-finance executive Grant Hackett has been appointed CEO of Melbourne-based investment house Generation Development Group (ASX: GDG), with a focus on growing its recently acquired business Ascalon Capital Managers. Hackett joined GDG in September 2017 and has been "instrumental" in lifting sales performance ...

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Wilson makes counter bid to run Blue Sky access fund

Wilson makes counter bid to run Blue Sky access fund

Less than a week after Blue Sky Alternative Investments (ASX: BLA) reached a deal for Pinnacle Investment (ASX: PNI) to manage its alternative access fund from the start of 2019, a new contender has come on the scene. In an announcement today, the group's $177 million Blue Sky Alternative Access Fund (ASX: BAF) informed sharehold...

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IMF Bentham calls $84m raising to seize litigation trends

IMF Bentham calls $84m raising to seize litigation trends

Global litigation funder IMF Bentham (ASX: IMF) is preparing to raise over $84 million to prepare for a range of opportunities presently in reach for the company. The listed company will conduct a fully underwritten institutional placement to raise $74.48 million, comprising an issue of 26.6 million new IMF ordinary shares. The group ...

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Default deals parting blow to 360 Capital in NEXTDC saga over APDC

Default deals parting blow to 360 Capital in NEXTDC saga over APDC

Update: Since this story was published, APDC has advised that Bankwest confirmed its consent to pay the special distribution and the September quarterly distribution.  After already dropping its price to get the Asia Pacific Data Centre Group (APDC) saga over and done with, former majority shareholder 360 Capital may end up...

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