Mark Beyer

Mark Beyer has responsibility for all content produced by Business News, including daily online news, the fortnightly magazine and the BNiQ database. As well as overseing the Editorial team, he has a particular interest in reporting on corporate finance, the professions and family business. Mark has 35 years' career experience, primarily in business journalism. He has worked for The Australian Financial Review and The West Australian, and also has public relations and corporate affairs experience. Before becoming a journalist, he was an economist with the Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra. 

Water contracts provide boost for ESI

A SPATE of new contracts has provided a welcome boost for Perth company Environmental Solutions International.

Plan B sale stalls

PLANS by UK banking group HBOS to move to 100 per cent ownership of BankWest have overshadowed another ‘takeover’ battle involving the bank.

Jackson McDonald five head for pastures new

LAW firm Jackson McDonald is facing a mini partner exodus, with one partner having left recently and four more about to depart.

Overwork taxes agents

A SURVEY of small and mid-sized tax practices has found a sharp increase in average working hours over the past three years, from 47.4 hours a week to 54.6 hours.

Buck turns into Mellon

SUPERANNUATION administration and consulting firm NSP Buck officially launched its new office and new name in Perth last week.

Plenty of choice with outsourcing services

WHILE many companies have completely outsourced their superannuation to master trusts and industry funds, others have chosen to keep their funds in-house.

The Legal Elite

The Legal Elite survey was introduced by WA Business News to highlight and champion the State’s top legal practitioners, as Mark Beyer reports.

Changing of Home guard

THE two top positions at Home Building Society are due to change this year, with long-serving chairman Bernard Wright announcing that he would retire.

Industry funds take broad aim

In the third of a six-part series on corporate superannuation, Mark Beyer looks at industry funds.

The Legal Elite: Rich vein of talent in criminal law

CRIMINAL law runs through the veins of Robert Mazza, who has followed in the footsteps of his late father. Mr Mazza was articled with his father in the early 1980s and the two worked together for two decades, until Jim Mazza passed away in 1999.

The Legal Elite: Trio tops a tight M&A race

MERGERS and Acquisitions was the most keenly contested category in the Legal Elite 2003 survey. Six lawyers attracted substantial support from across the industry and, at the end of counting, they were separated by only a handful of nominations.

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.



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.