IMF makes $141m Euro acquisition

IMF Bentham has struck an agreement to acquire Omni Bridgeway for up to €87.5 million ($A141 million), which will be a tie-up of two of the biggest players in the litigation funding industry.

Alcoa appoints new Australia president

Alcoa has confirmed the appointment of former Rio Tinto executive Michael Gollschewski as the new vice-president of the company’s Australian operations and as president of Alcoa of Australia.

PwC extends full-service offering

SPECIAL REPORT: Accounting firms are widening their services into new areas as they seek a competitive edge.

Empowerment, confidence vital for success in business

Business News’s inaugural Food for Thought breakfast brought together some of WA’s best female business minds to discuss issues ranging from inequity to ongoing workplace challenges.

Another Wesfarmers payroll failure stings 6,000 workers for $15m

Less than a week after Bunnings admitted to underpaying workers due to payroll error, a second Wesfarmers division has said it discovered a payroll mistake, which has left around 6,000 workers underpaid to a total of $15 million.

Bankwest appoints new MD

Bankwest has announced the appointment of Sinead Taylor as the first female to lead the organisation in its 124-year history.

Howarth to leave Wesfarmers, Power to join Strike

Two prominent Perth company directors have been involved in board moves today, with Nev Power to join Strike Energy and Wesfarmers announcing that Tony Howarth will step down.

WA directors in $21m of share trades

Another flurry of substantial share transactions from directors of Perth-based ASX-listed companies have occurred recently following the release of annual results, with David Singleton, Elizabeth Gaines and Rodney Leonard among those involved in the largest deals.

Qantas chief Joyce Australia's top-paid CEO

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was Australia's highest-paid chief executive last year, according to a survey based on 'realised' pay, which also ranked Saracen Mineral Holdings managing director Raleigh Finlayson in the top 10.

WA directors in multi-million dollar share trades

Directors of several Perth-based ASX-listed companies have undertaken substantial share transactions in the past fortnight, with Peter Bradford, Peter Cook and John Welborn among those taking advantage of the trading window after the release of their annual results.

Unemployment for WA geos reaches six-year low

Employment opportunities for geoscientists in Western Australia are improving, but it is not the best state in Australia for job prospects, according to the latest data from the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

Women CFOs increase as chief executives drop

The number of women in executive leadership positions across Australia’s largest listed companies is slowly increasing according to a new report, with Emeco Holdings, Wesfarmers and South32 the top performers for Western Australia.

Local gold miners crack ASX 200

Gold Road Resources and Silver Lake Resources will join the S&P/ASX 200 index, while Seven West Media was among the losers in the indices reshuffle, as the quarterly rebalance of the S&P/ASX indices was announced today.

CEOs reap over $10m in performance windfalls

South32’s Graham Kerr, NRW Holdings’ Jules Pemberton and Saracen Mineral Holdings’ Raleigh Finlayson have received one-off benefits totalling $10.4 million, following the vesting of performance shares.

HWL Ebsworth, Bellanhouse to merge

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers is set to become the sixth largest law firm in Western Australia after striking a deal to acquire boutique Perth firm Bellanhouse Lawyers.

Tim Roberts claims $54m, wins $800,000

Rich-lister Tim Roberts has achieved a pyrrhic victory against law firm Clayton Utz, after his aircraft leasing business claimed $US37 million ($A54 million) because of negligent advice.

Judicate brings justice online

As online mediation grows in popularity globally, Aaron McDonald says his Judicate platform will make access to justice easier.

Legal sector lagging on growth, gender

The number of solicitors in Western Australia has fallen by 10 per cent over the past four years compared with growth of 15 per cent across the country as a whole, a survey has found.

Long-serving chief executives a rare breed

The number of long-serving chief executives at WA listed companies is shrinking rapidly. We look at recent retirements by several 'veteran' CEOs and a small group of individuals who have lasted more than 10 years.

Perth lawyer to be struck off

Nicholas Oud has been removed from the roll of legal practitioners, after the Supreme Court of Western Australia upheld an earlier decision by the Legal Profession Complaints Committee.

Visa rules disadvantage WA business

Business leaders from sectors as diverse as education and manufacturing say temporary migration visa policies are holding WA back.