Professional Services

Opportunities galore in Asia's last major frontier market

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Myanmar is opening up to the world and Australian entrepreneurs are well positioned to reap the benefits of the country’s transition.

Audits could trouble Vocation deals

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Federal regulator's ongoing audits present raise questions about asset divestment, merger plans.

China’s biggest law firm nears deal with Dentons

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Tie-up could signal desire for easier corporate access to Western markets.

Skilled walks a fine line in rejecting Programmed's merger

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Chairman Vickki McFadden was wise to tread carefully in her rejection of Programmed's proposed merger but the market's reaction suggests Skilled's smaller competitor may not return with the terms she's looking for.

Skilled Group rejects Programmed offer

Skilled Group blocks a merger proposal from Programmed Maintenance Services

Boards must prepare for activist wars

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Consultants believe activist hedge funds will soon set their sights on Asian and Australian firms, where corporate governance does not always reflect global best practice.

ALS exceeds third qtr guidance

Global testing group posts underlying NPAT of $46m, flags issues with low oil price.

Sweetheart pay deal trashes Transpacific stock

New pay deal for Bob Boucher sends Transpacific shares towards year lows.

Peoplebank snapped up by Japanese giant

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Australia's largest IT and specialist recruiting firm, Peoplebank, has been acquired by Recruit Holdings for a reported price tag for more than $70 million.

Will moving early maximise MYOB's float hopes?

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The accounting software firm is hitting the road early in its attempt to move a step closer to a float, perhaps to avoid any nasty market surprises.

Jobs sector on M&A radar

Greenhill is behind the move by Japan's Recruit Holdings to buy two local employment businesses.

Boardroom tensions in the spotlight

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Office politics has emerged as a potential game-changer at two ASX-listed companies.

Programmed chasing Skilled talks

Suitor still trying to engage with Skilled Group over potential $660m merger: report.

Services sector rallies in December

Activity in Aust services sector increased 3.7 points in month but remains in contraction.

SMSFs should get a piece of the infrastructure pie

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By making it easier for self-managed super funds to invest in infrastructure projects, the government could both bolster its push for infrastructure-led growth and build community consensus for major projects.

Surviving a break-up in the family business

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Divorces can potentially wreck a family business, but there are legal protections and other structural safeguards.

InvoCare names new chief executive

Funeral operator says Martin Earp will succeed Andrew Smith as CEO in May 2015.

KPMG to advance with new entrepreneur program

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New partnership between KMPG and a global NGO designed to give Australian entrepreneurs a chance to fast-track business growth.

France blocks Uber ride-sharing services

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Group's regulatory challenges grow as Paris introduces penalties up to two years' imprisonment.

Uber gets Baidu investment in China

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Move gives Baidu a competitive edge against Alibaba, Tencent.

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