Marsha Jacobs

Last drinks for Westpoint

As ASIC prepares to seek the closure of Westpoint Corporation in the Federal Court this month, the besieged developer’s fate seems all but sealed, as receivers move in on the company’s major assets, including its corporate headquarters and the Emu Brewery

Wagamama stylin’

In the lead up to its Perth launch on February 20 at Subiaco Square, cult dining phenomenon Wagamama has announced that Perth design duo sü will be designing bar staff uniforms for the new restaurant.

Public plays role in ASIC prosecutions

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) announced last week that it had successfully prosecuted 86 company officers during the past three months, with 23 prosecutions of Western Australians.

Becton puts plans to the vote

Two Perth office buildings may soon be placed on the market, with unit holders in the May Holman Centre and 111 St Georges Terrace (formerly the AXA building) being asked to vote on their stake in the buildings’ future.

Commercial sales going off-market

A market increase in the number of commercial sales conducted off-market is a noticeable feature of the recent profusion of activity in this sector of the market.

Pourzand keeps cards close

Hossean Pourzand has quietly become one of the CBD’s biggest individual office owners, preferr-ing to keep his business activities below the radar but acquiring assets over the years that would be val

Companies face character test

New national defamation laws that come into force this month remove the right of corporations to sue for defamation and protect company character.

Buss in court on February 1

Michael Buss QC, one of Western Australia’s top commercial lawyers, has been appointed as a judge of WA’s highest court, the Court of Appeal.

Hays opens legal division in Perth

National recruitment consultant Hays has opened a legal division in Perth, citing a demand from local legal professionals for its services.

City of Perth looks to short-stay policy

The City of Perth has issued a draft policy on short-stay accommodation after apartment owners, the Australian Hotels Association and corporate accommodation providers last year pushed for clarification on their rights.

Wentworth shifts direction

Listed property manager Wentworth Mutual is shifting its focus to the east-coast market, moving its head office to Melbourne as managing director and former high flyer Glenn Wheeler takes a non-executive director and consultant role within the company.

Focus shifts to refurbishment

With a delay of at least two to three years before the next new major office building features on Perth’s skyline, the refurbishment of lower-grade buildings is attracting the interest of investors keen to capitalise on Perth’s thriving office market.

Retail, residential synergy

Developers are increasingly coupling major residential development with complementary retail development, rather than selling the retail component, as a way of diversifying their interests and capital

Cedar Woods in Melbourne deal

Listed WA developer Cedar Woods Properties Limited has made a $10.5 million acquisition in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray.The company says the site is one of the largest urban infill opportunities

Gamble simplifies, Duck sold

After opening iconic North Cottesloe restaurant the Blue Duck 17 years ago, Kim Gamble has sold up to “simplify” his life.

Emirates House under $14.7m contract to Charter Hall

Coming off the back of a record breaking year of office sales, 2006 is off to a flying start, with Emirates House understood to be under contract for $14.7 million to listed Sydney funds manager and developer Charter Hall Ltd.

Howell provides linkage with Apache’s interests in the US

The female managing director is a rare breed in Perth, particularly in the resources industry, but Eve Howell is perfectly at ease with her role as regional vice-president and MD at Apache Energy Limited, a US-based company with a market capitalisation of

Saunders in the driving seat

Six months after leaving Ernst & Young to start a boutique accounting practice with partner and career mentor Frank Cooper, Michelle Saunders last week found herself as the sole director of Cooper Partners, with Mr Cooper having been lured back into a big

Botha takes position on centre stage at Westfield

The juxtaposition of a high-powered career woman and a shopping centre may at first appear ill conceived. But shopping’s not the reason Ellen Botha spends most of her days at Westfield Whitford City.

Experience puts Dolin in the loop

Michele Dolin didn’t take what many would consider to be a conventional pathway to a career in finance.

Change in career plan pays off for Tregonning

If not for a decision by The West Australian to not take any female cadets in the year she chose to apply for work, Anne Tregonning may have ended up as a journalist.

Locals win ugg boot fight

A small Western Australian company has triumphed over a large American corporation in a legal battle over the right to use the name ‘ugg boot’.

Gerard Daniels gains Gaines

Law Society of Western Australia executive director Alison Gaines has taken a position with executive recruitment firm Gerard Daniels as global practice leader for board consulting.

Panel rules on Pivot, Saramac

The Takeovers Panel has ruled favourably in relation to objections by both the Pivot Group and Saramac Nominees about the other’s proposal to take over Axiom Properties Ltd.

Jandakot Airport expansion a step closer

The federal government has approved a fourth runway at Jandakot Airport and cleared the path for a proposal to develop 148 hectares of surrounding non-aviation land.

Finding a better balance at work

Participation rates for women at work may be at a highest-ever 45 per cent, and 56 per cent of university graduates may be female, but such figures can lead to false assumptions when it comes to women in the corporate world.

Industrial, retail stock scarce

Much of the decline in value of retail and industrial sales last year can be attributed to a lack of stock rather than a slowing of the markets.

Simple plan has Cape flying

With one of Australia’s biggest private property portfolios, Cape Bouvard Investments prefers to discretely carry on business in Perth.

Timing key for Cape Bouvard investments

When Cape Bouvard began speculative construction on a $15 million, seven-level office building in early 2004, Perth’s office vacancy rate was 12 per cent, the market outlook was dismal and construction costs were spiralling.

Record-breaking year for office sales

After a lengthy period of stagnation, Perth’s office sales market last year broke all previous records with unpredicted momentum generated by a shortage of supply and rising rents.

Saramac steps up Axiom dispute

Two of Perth's property development heavyweights continue to lock horns over Axiom Properties Ltd, which owns a 40 per cent stake in the Port Geographe canal development just north of Busselton.


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Work on $125m Midland Gate upgrade under way this month

Construction will get under way later this month on the $125 million transformation of the Midland Gate Shopping Centre.