As your business grows, its corporate governance practises become increasingly important for regulatory compliance, risk management and attracting institutional investment. Whether it’s urgent advice on continuous disclosure issues, assisting Board discussions around commercial contracts or liaising with regulators or key stakeholders - with such a close nexus to legal issues, corporate governance and company secretarial compliance can’t be effectively managed without consideration of the applicable legal environment. Accordingly, it makes sense that your corporate governance and company secretarial practises are managed by qualified and experienced lawyers who can then ensure the relevant legal requirements are satisfied more effectively and efficiently than an external law firm.
cdPlus Corporate Services offers boutique company secretarial and corporate governance services provided by a team of qualified and experienced corporate and commercial lawyers. Working closely with our related business, Coghlan Duffy & Co Lawyers, cdPlus Corporate Services combines the commercial advantages of an in-house lawyer and company secretary with the cost benefit of an out-sourced service provider.
As a boutique services firm, our ability to be flexible and personal commitment to each client are key in ensuring that our services exceed expectations and that our clients continue to benefit from cdPlus Corporate Services’ unique service offering.
cdPlus Corporate Services offers company secretarial services provided by a team of qualified and experienced lawyers not only to ensure compliance with the statutory obligations of a company secretary, but implements prevailing corporate governance best practices to support the business’ risk management framework and encourage institutional investment.
Our company secretarial services include:
- personally acting as the nominated company secretary for your company;
- maintaining all statutory registers in compliance with the Corporations Act;
- liaising with ASIC, ASX and the company’s share registry as required;
- coordinating all ASX and ASIC notifications as required;
- coordinating the lodgement of ASX announcements as required;
- coordinating and attending all board and shareholder meetings and ensuring such meetings are conducted in compliance with the constitution, Corporations Act and ASX Listing Rules (if applicable);
- preparing minutes of board and shareholder meetings;
- coordinating all issues of securities and maintenance of appropriate paperwork associated with share capital;
- administration of employee incentive plan documentation;
- liaising with auditors and company accountants in respect of accounting and annual reporting obligations;
- preparing corporate governance policies and annual corporate governance statement and ASX filings (if applicable); and
- providing advice on, and ensuring compliance with, relevant corporate governance and risk management best practices.
cdPlus Corporate Services can also add significant value by supporting your Board and legal team during an IPO by managing various work streams which are particular to the ASX listing process, including preparation of corporate governance documentation and Prospectus disclosures, ASX listing application, coordinating board and shareholder approvals and preparing and coordinating escrow documentation and various pre-quotation disclosure documents.
We work closely with our related business, Coghlan Duffy & Co Lawyers, which provides our retained company secretarial clients with a wide range of corporate and commercial legal services at discounted hourly rates.
Some of our clients we are proud to work with include:
“Having cdPlus as service partners adds clear value to our company. With a deeper appreciation and understanding of our business we benefit from time, logistical and cost savings in managing legal matters referred to them. cdPlus’ unique service offering, team member experience and skill sets, and reliable, responsive service, provides the optimal solution for an ASX listed company of our size in managing secretarial, corporate governance and legal matters.”
- Andrew Monk, Chairman, Murray River Organics Group Limited
"I started working closely with the team at cdPlus in the lead up to our Initial Public Offering and we have continued the relationship for the 12 months since listing on the ASX.
Without doubt, we could not have succeeded on this journey without the experience and expertise of cdPlus. Ranging from Company Secretarial services to legal advice and commercial contract services, we have had a fantastic experience.
I would highly recommend the team at cdPlus for any company that has big aspirations, wants to grow quickly and needs a legal team that can expand with your needs.”
- Todd Buckingham, Managing Director, The BetMakers Holdings Limited
"cdPlus provides a comprehensive service offering for our ASX listed company and our shareholders. Their style is competent, professional and effective.
Our Directors are unanimously satisfied with the quality of the corporate governance, secretarial and legal advice we receive.”
- Antonluigi Gozzi, Managing Director, LiveHire Limited
“As a foreign company business listed on the ASX, we need a firm with strong experience and knowledge of doing business in Australia. Our company has found a reliable partner in matters of corporate governance and legal advice. The cdPlus team is a valuable resource for Splitit as we navigate our legal and compliance landscape.”
- Gil Don, CEO, Splitit Payments Limited
“The cdPlus team conduct themselves with integrity, honesty and professionalism and demonstrate a comprehensive experience with the corporate governance and legal issues we face as a foreign company listed in the ASX. cdPlus acts as an extension of our team, providing the timely and reliable support we need as an ASX listed company.”
- Spiro Pappas, Chair, Splitit Payments Limited
"As a newly listed business, we frequently call on cdPlus Corporate Services to advise on various issues as they arise. We have consistently been impressed by the deep expertise and responsiveness of the cdPlus team and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to any ASX listed firm."
- Natalia Obolensky, Managing Director, Plukka Limited
"Our Board works closely with cdPlus, and it is a comfort to the Directors that our corporate governance advice and company secretarial needs are being managed by capable and experienced lawyers.”
- Ryan Berman, Managing Director, VidCorp
"We work so closely with cdPlus team members that we consider them as part of our team internally. It is a comfort to our Directors that our corporate governance advice, company secretarial needs and legal matters are being managed by such capable and experienced lawyers."
- Kane Bennett, Director, Red Piranha Limited
Director and Principal FGIA FCIS
As a practising lawyer and Director of Coghlan Duffy & Co Lawyers, Charly has comprehensive corporate and commercial legal experience across a wide range of industries, including technology, wagering, mining, financial services and retail industries, with a particular focus on equity capital markets and public company matters. With this experience, Charly works closely with each client as company secretary to develop a holistic understanding of the client’s business objectives, priorities and risk appetite to enable her to provide pro-active, effective and commercially efficient corporate governance and legal services.
Having worked with clients from ASX 100 companies and national retail chains to family-operated businesses and start-ups, Charly provides practical corporate governance advice that considers the client’s broader commercial objectives and relevant legal issues. As a trusted advisor to the Board of Directors of each client, Charly enjoys working closely with each Board to drive the success of each business.
Charly has completed the Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance at the Governance Institute of Australia and is a Fellow Member of Governance Institute and ICSA.
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Manager - Corporate Governance
Carlie is a practising corporate and commercial lawyer with experience with clients ranging from newly incorporated start-ups through to ASX-listed companies. With a Certificate in Corporate Governance Practice from the Governance Institute of Australia, Carlie provides our clients with corporate governance and company secretarial advice with due consideration of the associated legal issues.
Carlie has experience working with a broad range of clients in areas, including health and medical practice, pharmaceutical and environmental laboratory services, telecommunications, retail and technology. Carlie enjoys working closely with each Board to ensure all corporate governance, compliance and legal issues are addressed and supporting the Directors in driving the success of the business.
Carlie is currently completing the Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance at the Governance Institute of Australia.
Senior Governance Advisor
Joining the team in January 2018, Fiona is a senior associate at CD+Co and brings comprehensive, hands-on experience in equity capital markets, IPOs, corporate and commercial legal matters and ASX and ASIC compliance. Admitted as a lawyer in 2007, Fiona has provided legal and company secretarial services to a number of listed and unlisted companies and has extensive knowledge and experience in corporate governance and compliance and implementing corporate governance policies and processes for clients from a wide range of industries, including financial services, energy and resources and technology.
Carolin is a practising corporate and commercial lawyer with experience with clients ranging from newly incorporated start-ups through to ASX-listed companies. Carolin is a hands-on administrator and problem-solver, providing our clients with corporate governance and company secretarial advice with experience considering the associated legal issues which commonly face the contemporary Board. Carolin enjoys working closely with each Board in supporting the Directors in driving the success of the business.