Australia ropes in former Macquarie boss to oversee financial regulator

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Australia‘s government has appointed Nicholas Moore, who led Macquarie Group for a decade until 2018, to chair a new regulator review board to report on the effectiveness of the country’s banking and corporate regulators.

The new body was set up in response to recommendations by a 2018 inquiry into misconduct in the banking, insurance and pension fund sectors where regulators were criticised for their “light touch” on enforcement.

At the time, the corporate regulator told the Royal Commission inquiry that funding cuts and an increasing mandate had hampered its ability to prevent wrongdoing in the financial sector, and slammed bank bosses for failing to properly respond to its inquiries.

Craig Drummond, a former veteran banker with National Australia Bank, and former country head of Bank of America Merrill Lynch will also be an inaugural member of the Financial Regulator Assessment Authority (FRAA).

The new three-person regulatory body, including corporate lawyer Gina Cass-Gottlieb, will supervise both the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).

“The inaugural members have an in-depth understanding of Australia‘s regulatory framework and first-hand experience working with ASIC and APRA over many years … which will assist in their assessment of the operational performance of both ASIC and APRA,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a statement.

In its first year, the group would evaluate the corporate regulator to assist its recently appointed chair, former lawyer Joseph Longo, to ensure ASIC is operating effectively and consistently with the government’s expectations, he added.

Those include an expectation for ASIC to prioritise its contribution to the government’s economic goals, including a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Appearing at a regular parliamentary hearing, Longo said he looked forward to working with the members of FRAA towards meeting the government’s expectations.

APRA chair Wayne Byres also said “we look forward to working with them to further refine and enhance the effectiveness of our supervision of the banking, insurance and superannuation industries.”

Reuters

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
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