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. 

The Legal Elite: Sharp move pays off

THE past year has provided a fresh change for Perth’s top property lawyer, KPMG Legal partner Ted Sharp. After more than 20 years with Freehills and its predecessor Parker & Parker, Mr Sharp chose to pursue new opportunities at a much smaller firm.

The Legal Elite: Flat management style suits Sceales

SPECIALISING in tax law was a logical move for Robert Sceales. Mr Sceales has been practising as a lawyer since 1971, originally in his native South Africa but for many years in Australia.

The Legal Elite: Christensen builds on fortunate start

LEE Christensen’s professional fate was decided when he was articled to Ron Harmer, the guru of insolvency law, in 1982. Mr Christensen has never looked back from that point, specialising in

The Legal Elite: Wright banks on fresh pastures

PAUL Wright is one of several winners in the Legal Elite 2003 survey who left work at a big national firm to establish his own practice. He formed Wright Legal in July 2000 after 17 years as a partner at Freehills and one of its predecessor firms

RSM Bird Cameron buys Stockford divisions

Perth-based accounting firm RSM Bird Cameron has expanded its interstate operations by merging with Stockford’s audit and tax divisions in Melbourne. The merger will add 50 staff, including seven partners and two principals, to Bird Cameron’s existing

Carmichael Capital Markets Pty Ltd

Carmichael Capital Markets Pty Ltd, the corporate finance arm of stockbrokers D.J. Carmichael Pty Ltd, has named Robert Klug director of corporate finance.

Dr Ron Brunton

Dr Ron Brunton has been appointed director of the Australian Broadcasting Association. Dr Brunton is currently director of Encompass Research Pty Ltd, an organisation involved in anthropological and socio-economic research. He has been a columnist for

Oversby new PR coordinator for RSPCA

The RSPCA has appointed Kelly Oversby public relations coordinator. Ms Oversby has several years experience working in media liaison and public relations for the State Government and is a former editor for the Community Newspaper group.

Professor joins pSiMedica

pSivida’s UK subsidiary pSiMedica has added to its team, appointing Texan professor Jeffrey Coffer as a collaborator. Professor Coffer’s professional background includes research into semiconductor nanocrystal synthesis, properties and characterization

Tailor superannuation to suit

In the second of a six-part series on corporate superannuation, Mark Beyer looks at some of the issues employers need to address when reviewing their fund.

Survey looks at fund shortfall

THE Australian Securities and Investments Commission has launched a survey of defined benefit superannuation schemes offered by company super funds.

Merger lifts EY growth

One year on from the demise of Andersen, Mark Beyer spoke to former partners and staff to find how they survived and where they are now.

Parkin pushes on

FORMER Andersen audit partner Derek Parkin has racked up a couple of firsts since his old firm collapsed. Of Andersen’s 10 former Perth partners, he is the only one to have added the title of professor to his resume.

Consulting practice thrives at new home

IAIN Gerrard and Mike McNulty may have a new name on their business cards but in many respects their working lives have been unaffected by the collapse of Andersen.

Johns chooses to keep Andersen fires burning

WHEN former Andersen tax partner Keith Johns received his formal job offer from Ernst & Young last year, he saw that he had two choices.

RentSmart makes overseas move

FAST-GROWING equipment finance company RentSmart has expanded offshore in a joint venture with BankWest’s parent Halifax Bank of Scotland.

Austal tackling audit issue

SHIPBUILDING company Austal has launched an innovative solution to one of the main corporate governance issues facing small and mid-cap listed companies.

BankWest expands pharmacy links

A NEW alliance between BankWest and pharmacy wholesaler Australian Pharmaceutical Industries is the latest of several initiatives by the bank to penetrate the healthcare industry.

In-house moves to outsourced

In the first of a six-part series on corporate superannuation, Mark Beyer looks at the impact of increased regulation. AUSTRALIAN companies are voting with their feet.

Stricter audit role needed: HIH report

THE report of the HIH Royal Commission has added to the debate over audit independence and accounting standards by recommending changes that go well beyond current reform proposals.

Survey reveals growth strategies

Respondents to the Rising Stars survey completed a detailed questionnaire on their business strategies and plans. The responses provide in-depth insights into the success drivers for the Rising Stars.

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.



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.