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Mark Beyer

As editor, Mark oversees the day-to-day online news at Business News. His particular brief is following major deals, the professions and private/family businesses. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. 

Speculation suggests Rayney might find island life suits

LLOYD Rayney, the crown prosecutor who ran foul of art critic Robert Hughes, wasn’t in Perth this week for the out-of-court settlement of his defamation action.

Westpac Bank makes management moves

WESTPAC Bank has rejigged its West Australian management structure with the appointment of two senior executives to take charge of all personal and business banking.

Payroll tax hit list

THE Commissioner of State Revenue has drawn up a hit list of 15 industries that will be targeted for contractor audits after the current payroll tax amnesty expires on June 30.

Keeping wealth in the family

THE accumulated wealth of Australia’s family businesses far exceeds the combined value of stock market-listed companies, a new survey has found.

Legal eagles want more say in M&A transactions

In the final instalment of the mergers and acquisitions series, Mark Beyer gets a legal perspective. BEHIND every M&A lawyer is a frustrated merchant banker. It’s an old cliche but it has an element of truth.

New rules lift hurdle

THE new corporate governance guidelines issued recently by the Australian Stock Exchange could create a divide between large and small companies, local experts have warned.

Marlows to Super Cheap for $25.3m

QUEENSLAND company Super Cheap Auto has agreed to pay $25.3 million for Perth-based auto parts group Marlows. The price of the acquisition was revealed for the first time in a notice of meeting sent recently to Marlows’ shareholders.

Crisp to launch tax consultancy

PROMINENT corporate tax accountant Ian Crisp has left Ernst & Young and plans to open a boutique tax consultancy.

New woodchip mill under way

CONSTRUCTION of Western Australia’s fifth woodchip mill formally started last week at the port of Bunbury. Hansol PI’s $12 million facility is one of several new projects planned for the sector.

Super Cheap breaks with tradition

In the fifth of a six-part series on mergers and acquisitions, Mark Beyer looks at the acquisition of Marlows.

$1.1m payout powers Eiszele’s retirement

FORMER Western Power managing director David Eiszele, who resigned in controversial circumstances last year, received total payments of $1.148 million in his final six months in the job.

Debt collectors credit success to basics focus

A NEW debt collection firm focused on a ‘back-to-basics’ strategy has carved out a sizeable share of the Western Australian market.

A tale of two pine companies

STATE Development Minister Clive Brown had a broad smile on his face last week when he officially launched Wesbeam’s $86 million pine processing project at Wanneroo.

Collection industry evolves

The debt collection industry has witnessed enormous change over the past few years. Mark Beyer looks at how services have evolved. FOUR years ago, the debt collection industry in Perth was dominated by locally owned and locally run firms.

Tax can prove to be a deal breaker

In this week’s article on Mergers and Acquis-itions, Mark Beyer looks at the impact of tax on M&A transactions.WHEN a business is bought or sold, the tax implications are often treated as an unple

More pain for timber towns

Timber millers, furniture makers and many related businesses have been waiting more than a year for the State Government to finalise its Forest Management Plan.

Funds rift threatens jobs

THE Federal Government’s hardline stance on assistance for the timber industry could derail plans for new investment and jobs.

Mallesons pair joins city rival

MALLESONS Stephen Jaques partner Leigh Warnick, one of the top corporate advisory lawyers in Perth, is believed to have handed in his notice.

MICE - Award cap off Burswood upgrade

BURSWOOD International Resort Casino believes the major refurbishment completed in late 2001 leaves it well placed to face extra competition in the MICE market.

Working to deliver the best outcome

In his third article on mergers and acquisitions, Mark Beyer examines the importance of early planning by the key players.

Ethical ratings for big 100

AUSTRALIA’S 100 largest private and public companies are about to have their ethical and environmental performance rated.

Farmers tackle AWB elections

THE farm lobby is not considered to be at the vanguard of corporate governance reform, but that has not stopped the WA Farmers Federation taking on wheat marketing company AWB.

Burswood chief tips turnaround

THE past two years have been disappointing for investors in gaming and resort operator Burswood. The company has reported weak profit results, its share price has fallen and many broking analysts now have a ‘sell’ recommendation on the stock.

It’s crunch time for ERG

Automated ticketing company ERG will shortly hold meetings of note holders and shareholders to seek approval for a major restructuring. Mark Beyer takes a closer look.

UK fund plays key role

CONTROL of ERG could pass to UK fund manager Ingot Capital Management if the company’s proposed balance sheet restructuring is fully implemented.

Poynton alumni looks over Hartleys

The wheeling and dealing over the future of Hartleys has highlighted the influential network of former Hartleys people in prominent roles around Perth. Mark Beyer reports.

Information exchange vital for a successful transaction

In the second in a series on mergers and acquisitions, Mark Beyer looks at the type of information business owners need to provide potential buyers.

National tax toll tops $214 billion

AUSTRALIANS paid nearly $214 billion in taxes last financial year, with most paid in the form of personal and company income taxes

Westpac’s key role at Hartleys

There has been fevered speculation surrounding the future of Hartleys. Mark Beyer sorts through the rumours. THE linkage may seem obscure, but Westpac’s acquisition of BT Financial Group last year could have a critical bearing on the future of Hartleys.

Takeovers take talk

In the first of a six-part series on mergers and acquisitions, Mark Beyer looks at who can help with buying and selling of businesses, large and small.

Feeling the fall-out from PI cost rise

A RECENT survey by CPA Australia has highlighted the potential fall-out from the rising cost of professional indemnity (PI) insurance cover for accountants.

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Shortlist to run Rio facilities

Sodexo has been shortlisted with two other companies to manage all of Rio Tinto’s camps and other facilities in the Pilbara, in the same week it has been awarded a contract to run Shell’s Prelude Floating LNG facility.

TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Cooper & Oxley on the brink

Cooper & Oxley Builders, which is one of the 10 largest construction companies in Perth, has suspended work on its projects while it reviews its financial viability.

JCY goes into liquidation

Major Perth architecture practice JCY has been placed into liquidation after being hit by the slowdown in work volumes, pricing pressures and losses on the Perth Children’s Hospital.

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TPG to end ‘country club’ culture

The final step in TPG Telecom’s takeover of iiNet is due to happen today, when iiNet shareholders will be paid $9.55 per share, however, staff and customers face an uncertain future.

Canberra is "really hopeless": Walsh

WA industry leaders Richard Goyder, Sam Walsh and Andrew Forrest lined up today to criticise deputy prime minister Julia Gillard and the federal government's tax and economic policies.

Woodside to spend $400m on Fifo camp

Woodside Petroleum is hoping to win state government backing for a new 700-bed fly-in, fly-out camp at Karratha, after selecting a consortium led by Multiplex and Compass Group to build, own and operate the facility.

Perth tech pioneer passes away

Conrad Crisafulli, who was one of the pioneers of venture capital investing and technology commercialisation in Western Australia, has died after a long illness.