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Minter Ellison Lawyers, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney NSW 2000

GEO was delighted to present the 2015 Australia Regional events — dedicated to Australian equity compensation in Sydney on 13 October and Melbourne on 15 October.

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


About the Australia Regional Events

GEO's Australia Regional Events are globally recognized as premier educational and networking opportunities for strategic-minded employee share plan professionals. Each event promises to provide attendees with relevant sessions that address topical issues, delivered by industry-leading experts and thought leaders.

About the Australia
Regional Events

Who Will Attend




A Unique Event Experience

  • Unique gathering of local professionals in an independent, community-based setting

  • Valuable networking opportunity to promote your organization

  • Opportunity to build visibility as an industry expert

  • A highly efficient way to meet and learn from peers

  • A great way to access valuable information and grow your business

Here are just some of the reasons not to miss out:

  • JOIN local equity compensation professionals

  • LEARN from the industry's leading experts

  • CONNECT with new vendors and clients and build your visibility as an industry expert

  • EXPERIENCE a relaxed, friendly and welcoming atmosphere in an intimate setting

  • SUPPORT your career development and earn CE/CPD hours

  • NETWORK with peers

Time at a GEO Regional Event is time well spent.

Who Will Attend?

Attendees include employees of companies who offer equity compensation as part of their company's compensation packages and serve in the roles of analyst, manager, senior manager, director, senior director, vice president and various other executive level positions in functions such as human resources, accounting, finance, tax and stock plan administration. The delegate population also includes employees and management of the top companies providing services to companies who offer share plans.


Minter EllisonMinter Ellison Lawyers
Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
Sydney NSW 2000
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Member and Non-Member Issuers were welcome to attend this meeting at no charge. Registration was required.


Registration Closed



  13 October, 2015 (Subject to change)

08:00am – 08:30am


Registration and Networking Breakfast

08:30am – 08:45am


Opening Remarks

08:45am – 09:45am


Session I: “Is it Something I Said?” Powerful Communication Tips From the Front Line(Communications)



Communication is arguably the most important factor in the success of a company’s equity programs. Even so, many companies don’t take the necessary steps to make sure they have a well thought out communications strategy that it is flexible, incorporates suggestions from participants, etc. Get powerful communications tips that are guaranteed to enrich your equity program and your participants experience in this tell all session!

Download pdf of Session I Derek Berry, Challenger
Marianne Friebel, Dolby
Hamish Wallace, Minter Ellison

09:45am – 10:45am


Session II: Case Study, Executive Pay: Options are Back, so what now for your employee incentive plans? (Executive Compensation)



Australia is back in step with the rest of the world on the tax treatment of options in executive long-term incentive arrangements. As such, now is the time to review the use of equity in your employee incentive plans and consider introducing or restarting options plans at your company! We will take you on an ASX listed client journey through a step by step decision making process around implementing LTI arrangements to incentivise and retain executives, both before and after the recent tax changes. The outcomes may surprise.

Download pdf of Session II Paul Baillie, Towers Watson
Angelica Decena, Towers Watson

10:45am – 11:15am


Networking Break

11:15am – 12:15pm


Session III: Global Hot Spots—New Issues, Trends and Difficult Developments (Tax)



This classic favorite will give you an overview of the hottest developments affecting your global share plans. From the recent tax and securities law developments in Australia to changes in the US by the SEC around the CEO Pay Ratio Rule, our presenters will cover all of the latest tax, securities, currency control, employment, data privacy and banking law issues related to equity compensation. Attend this session and avoid being burned by the quickly changing world of global equity!

Download pdf of Session III Jo Garland, Wesfarmers
Erica Kidston, Baker & McKenzie
Jessica Mitchell, Tapestry Compliance

12:15pm – 12:30pm


Lunch Served for Lunch Session

12:30pm – 01:30pm


Lunch and Session IV: Ideas Exchange



Download pdf of Session IV This fast-paced and energetic “best practices” session combines short idea-packed presentations from your colleagues with audience participation—YOU. The result: everyone leaves armed with loads of tried and true practical solutions and valuable resources.

01:30pm – 01:40pm


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