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Palandri Wine Group in voluntary administration

Darrel Jarvis' 10 year attempt to build a global wine group may have come to an end following Palandri Wine Group's decision to appoint voluntary administrators today.

IN BRIEF: New law firm to open in Perth

ADELAIDE corporate law firm, Johnson Winter & Slattery, has continued its national expansion, recruiting two senior Freehills partners to establish a Perth office.Mick Dulaney and Peter Smith plan

IPO activity to slow in first half of 08: Deloitte

The flood of initial public offers on the Australian bourse of recent times may be reduced to a trickle in the first half of 2008, as investors and company vendors seek clarity on the direction of equities markets, interest rates and the US economy.

Arc gets backing for Anzon merger proposal

An independent expert's report by Deloitte Corporate Finance has concluded that Arc Australia Ltd's proposed acquisition of Anzon Australia Ltd is fair and reasonable.

Clough appoints Deloitte, takes first step into Vietnam

Engineering and construction company Clough Ltd has appointed Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as its new auditor, replacing PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Chameleon launches legal action against Murchison

Junior exploration company Chameleon Mining NL has commenced legal action against iron ore miner Murchison Metals Ltd, even though Murchison has previously dismissed Chameleon's claims as baseless.

Writ for D'Sylva

The relationship between the PharmAust Ltd board and its former managing director, Paul D’Sylva, has further soured with the company initiating legal action over his handling of the business.

Ellendale Resources to be taken over by Great Gold Mines

Victoria-based Great Gold Mines NL will acquire Nedlands-based uranium explorer Ellendale Resources NL through a scrip issue, worth over $14 million, the companies have announced.

New faces at Midland Brick

Bobbie-Jean Taylor has joined Midland Brick as human resources manager.

Lodestar to raise $5m in IPO

Nedlands-based Lodestar Minerals Ltd, a subsidiary of Dioro Exploration Ltd, has launched its prospectus, aiming to raise $5 million in its initial public offer to pursue nickel exploration over Dioro's Penfolds project.

Freehills adds new partner as Mannolini heads to Gresham

The booming advisory market in Perth is creating some musical chairs among the key players, with corporate lawyer Justin Mannolini heading to Gresham Advisory Partners Ltd, prompting Freehills to fill the vacancy by appointing a new partner, Simon Reed.

Post-merger LogiCamms to raise $10m in IPO

West Perth-based electrical engineering and control systems group LogiCamms Ltd aims to raise $10 million in its initial public offer, the company has announced.

Newsmaker

Edith Cowan University chancellor Hendy Cowan (above) has been appointed by the West Coast Eagles to head an independent investigation into the club, following the announcement of a separate investiga

Silver Lake closes $30m IPO early

Perth-based gold exploration company Silver Lake Resources has closed its $30 million initial public offer early, due to significant public interest, the company has announced.

Bruce Gray in new legal move against Sirtex

Perth entrepreneur and former University of WA academic Dr Bruce Gray has commenced further legal action against the company he established, Sirtex Medical Ltd, claiming unreasonable restraint of trade.

Midwinter outshines Apollo, Atticus in ASX debuts

In a week where three Western Australian resources companies made their debuts on the Australian Securities Exchange, Leederville-based gold explorer Midwinter Resources NL has come out on top - up 72 per cent on its offer price.

Minter Ellison's continental shift

One of the many Western Australian law firms to benefit from the local resources boom has recognised an opportunity on another continent where local miners are prominent. Minter Ellison’s Perth office has established an African centre of excellence to

France's Rexel buys EIW Holdings

France-based global electrical distributor Rexel has snapped up Perth company EIW Holdings for an undisclosed sum.

Stonehenge to acquire 85% nickel stake for cash, scrip issue

Perth-based tin and nickel miner Stonehenge Metals Ltd will acquire an 85 per cent stake in an Indonesian nickel project for a cash and scrip issue, the company has announced.

Cape WA takeover spend hits $430m

UK-based industrial services company Cape plc’s local spending spree looks set to hit more than $430 million in the past few months after securing acceptance from the board of its latest target PCH Group Ltd.

PCH accepts Cape's revised $247m takeover offer

UK-based industrial services company Cape plc looks set to complete its third WA-focused takeover in as many months after scaffolding and form-work supplier PCH Group Ltd accepted a sweetened $247 million offer.

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