AUS 2014 Sydney

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SYDNEY — 14 OCTOBER 2014

GEO was delighted to present the 2014 Australia Regional events— dedicated to Australian equity compensation in Sydney on 14 October and Melbourne on 16 October.

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These events promised schedules packed with useful content, knowledgeable speakers and high caliber attendees.

About the Australia Regional Events

 

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 Regional Events


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Who Will Attend

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LOCATION

Minter Ellison

Aurora Place
88 Phillip Street
Sydney
NSW 2000
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REGISTRATION

Member and Non-Member Issuers were welcome to attend this meeting at no charge. Registration was required.


 

AGENDA

 

Registration Closed

  14 October, 2014 (Subject to change)

08:00am – 08:30am

 

Registration and Networking Breakfast

08:30am – 08:45am

 

Opening Remarks

   

Danyle Anderson, Executive Director, Global Equity Organization

08:45am – 09:45am

 

Session I: Share Plan Research: Exploring the Distinct Results

   

When one just isn’t enough—attend this session and hear the findings of important research from two different firms. First, get an in depth look at the findings from research by the London School of Economics, commissioned by Computershare, on how broad-based employee share plans can influence employees and be a valuable contributor to a company’s success. Panelists will show how offering a plan can make a significant difference to workforce performance, e.g., employees who take part in company share plans work longer hours, take less absence and are less likely to leave.

Next hear the key findings from EY’s global share plan survey, which offers insights on current global market trends of global equity plans, including broad-based schemes and executive long-term incentive plans.

Joanna Mak, Brambles
James Palmer, EY
Matthew Reed, Computershare

09:45am – 10:45am

 

Session II: Practical Advice for Managing Regulatory Developments

   

Establishing and maintaining employee share plans is complicated. An issuer needs to juggle many things, e.g., how the ATO will treat the plan from the perspective of the employee as well as the issuer, compliance with the regulatory guidance from ASIC and the advice that is being received from advisors. To add to this complication, the goalposts seem to keep shifting. It can be difficult to understand what the proposed and / or implemented changes mean in practice and how they will apply in the real world, to the specific plan and circumstance of the issuer. This session aims to provide a practical perspective of what you should pay attention to when establishing a trust, or maintaining your current trust and plan.

Erica Kidston, Baker & McKenzie
Leon Mazarakis, Link Market Services
Stuart Oliver, Suncorp Group

10:45am – 11:15am

 

Networking Break

11:15am – 12:15pm

 

Session III: Rolling out a Boad-based Share Plan

   

Following the 2009 tax changes, a number of companies ceased operating their broad-based employee share plans. This was partly due to the claw-back of the tax concessions available under certain broad-based plans and also the uncertainly surrounding the impact of the tax changes on these types of plans.

But there has been renewed interest in broad-based employee share plans. A recent trend has been for companies to look at plans which may not receive concessional tax treatment, but that meet the desired objectives and are easier to administer, particularly from a global perspective.

This session will explore the issues that some organisations have recently considered when looking to implementing a new broad-based employee share plan.

Marc Bosotti, PwC

12:15pm – 12:30pm

 

Lunch Served for Lunch Session

12:30pm – 01:30pm

 

Lunch and Session IV: Regulatory and Policy Update

   

Hear first hand from one of the key players in the Government driving the proposed employee share plan reforms. The session will look at the options being considered by the Government, particularly how the 2009 tax rules will be dealt with, and whether the changes will address broader reforms to the regulatory landscape.

The Honourable Tony Smith MP, Federal Member for Casey
Hamish Wallace, Minter Ellison

01:30pm – 01:40pm

 

Closing Comments

 

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