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Articles by Stephen Mayne

Mayne: Macquarie opts for contested board election over governance reforms

Crikey founder Stephen Maybe makes a play for the Macquarie Group board to improve governance.

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Stokes snaffles additional 6% of Seven West as small shareholders diluted

Kerry Stokes firms his grip on Seven West Media, while never paying a premium to all shareholders for control.

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Mayne: on News Corp’s ‘authoritarian anti-free speech culture’

Crikey founder Stephen Mayne has had a run-in with Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston, who believes the former to be a tin-foil-hat-wearing, overzealous defender of “over paid local govt bureaucrats and parking inspectors”.

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Mayne: shareholders fight back against payouts to outgoing CEOs

Shareholders have long opposed large payouts to CEOs at the end of their tenure. Of course, executive boards have ways of getting around democratic will.

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Mayne: NAB shows Slaters, Stokes and Gerry Harvey how to do a fair capital raising

The rich and varied tapestry of capital raisings in corporate Australia …

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Mayne: mates pass baton as Transurban proposes East-West alternative

Transurban knows how to sucker punch politicians by offering a “free” $5 billion Western Distributor in exchange for a lengthy extension to its existing toll road concession.

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Mayne: exploitation the new black as Slaters defends offer

Exploited small investors, a law firm who defends the little guy and a party who values property rights. What’s wrong with this picture?

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Mayne: Slaters now silent over capital-raising controversy

The slip of a keystroke reveals that Slater and Gordon are unwilling to discuss the massive difference in investor compensation.

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Mayne: Slaters capital raising confirms unfair system for retail investors

Capital raising’s two-tier system leaves small shareholders behind the eight ball as institutional investors clean up.

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Mayne: banking editor proves hit and missive as candidate

Ian Rogers struggles to get things write in his battle for Labor preselection

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Mayne offers cash for submissions scandal on City of Melbourne’s annual actions

If you can think of any new initiatives the City of Melbourne should launch in 2015-16, come along next Tuesday and make your pitch, pocketing $20 for your efforts.

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Mayne: media go berserk as Vic Labor effectively closes the East West file

The tabloids have been crucifying Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, without giving any of the straightforward answers on the East West road project and future public infrastructure.

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Mayne: who’s hot and who’s not at the AGM mini-season

Stephen Mayne has the companies to watch as we approach this year’s AGM mini-season.

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Mayne: tabloid beat-ups discourage local govt transparency

It’s time the daily rags stopped their contrived beat-ups of local councils. Instead, they should be focusing on a productive reform agenda to improve transparency.

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Mayne: Abacus Property Group joins the club shafting retail investors

It’s time the government fixed Australia’s broken investment system that tends to more often favour the big end of town.

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Mayne: ACA launches tax attack on Rupert Murdoch

A Current Affair’s attack on the tax-dodging News Corp will not bode well for the media empire’s appearance before a Senate inquiry into tax-dodging today …

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Mayne: Australian investors love Slater and Gordon UK plunge

Slater and Gordon seems to have secured a windfall business acquisition. But how did they do it?

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Mayne: revealing the top listed chairs who were rushed into the job

The Australian Shareholders’ Association recommends someone be on a board for three to four years before nailing the top spot, but here are some chairs who got their feet under the desk quick smart.

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Mayne: has Slaters gone OTT with $1.225b takeover splurge in UK?

Slater and Gordon wans to buy UK legal business Quindell’s for $1.225 billion. Has it bitten off more than it can chew?

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Mayne: Corbett finally backs a successor at Fairfax

It can be tricky to find a suitable board replacement for yourself, but Roger Corbett has finally done it.

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Exclusive: Gerry Harvey gets richer while small shareholders miss out

Gerry Harvey’s small shareholders did not take up the opportunity to participate in an equity raising at a heavily discounted price. But Harvey himself sure did.

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Mayne: how much cash will in-the-money Macquarie SPP attract?

Is the Millionaire Factory sharing the wealth?

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Mayne: time to end the Murdoch-Packer Network Ten soap opera

Rupert Murdoch wants to bail his son Lachlan out of floundering Ten. But those pesky media ownership laws are making it tricky …

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Mayne: Turnbull should pursue media reform, despite leaks and his pro-Murdoch PM

Despite being harangued over a damaging leak, Malcolm Turnbull is right to start thinking about media reform. Whether he’ll be able to get the PM and his old mate Rupert Murdoch on board is quite another matter.

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Mayne: Hun happy to ignore handouts when it suits the Murdochs

The Sunday Herald Sun has criticised Melbourne City Council for what it sees as lavish expenditure. But it wasn’t too concerned when ratepayers were forced to subsidise Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s funeral.

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