Michael West

Michael West

Michael West comments on companies, markets and the economy. He is a former SMH business editor.

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Dutchman set for record profit from a legal action

Louis Reytenbagh

Michael West Louis Reijtenbagh is poised to make the largest profit from a legal action in Australian history.

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El Presidente Bario Farrell mutes the Echo of seven deadly sins

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Michael West Packer rivals underestimate the New South Paraguayan government's Crown jewel.

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Echo throws away the rule book

Michael West The rule of thumb, when one finds oneself the target in a takeover battle, is to appoint a defence adviser, look for a white knight and talk up one's strategic value in the media.

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'Corporate undertaker': the new hip career?

Insolvency.

Michael West The rate of growth in insolvency firms, both by personnel and by fees, has been stunning.

Grim reapers who feast on the dead

Michael West Tanya Hamilton-Smith owed $28,000 to her boyfriend's company when it went belly-up. The liquidator to this Adelaide retailer then spent half a million dollars chasing the debt.

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Liquidators' gravy train rolls along

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Michael West Welcome to the Dead Zone, the land of liquidations, administrations and receiverships, where bounty-hunters roam.

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A man with so many hats and masks can't help but be elusive

Michael West Investors in LM Investment Management would appreciate it if the dashing Peter Drake dashed by their meeting next week.

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Empire board strikes back as feud hots up

oil

Michael West As hostilities between the board and the rebel shareholders of Empire Oil and Gas veer towards a showdown next week's, Empire and its lawyers are turning the screws on the Australian Shareholders...

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Farmer finds facts lost in transmission

Electricity prices have increased by an average of 33 per cent over the past five years.

Michael West The emperor has no clothes. In fact, the emperor is butt-naked, disrobed by a cattle farmer from Burrell Creek - a place so small, its distinguishing features include a house, a community hall and a...

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Shareholders' message coming in loud and clear for directors

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Michael West He and his small band of researchers once jiggled their tins on the streets of Melbourne.

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The AGM gets a new lease on life

Looking ahead to the AGM season (Thumbnail)

Michael West He and his small band of researchers once jiggled their tins on the streets of Melbourne, asking for donations from the passers-by as Channel Ten held a telethon.

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Anything goes at News, as long as shares go up

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Michael West Impetus for reform dissipated months before yesterday's annual meeting.

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Like it or lump it - Murdoch bats away calls for reform

News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch.

Michael West The impetus for reform at News Corp, indeed for rolling Rupert Murdoch as chairman, dissipated months before the annual meeting in LA this morning - after all, the stock has soared.

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'Open season' for litigation funders

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Scales of Justice outside the District Court in Brisbane --- legal, law, QC, judge,  litigation.  Friday 25th July 2003
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Michael West Now the High Court has ruled you don't need a licence to be a litigation funder, the law courts will be teeming with shysters and slick jalopy salesmen.

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Time right for a QBE confession session

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Michael West Not one big cyclone, earthquake or flood. Nary one major catastrophe marred QBE's latest result.

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League legend's punt kicked out of bounds by a full bench

Michael West Corporate life seems to imitate football for former rugby league champion Benny Elias.

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Car makers in race to reduce disclosure

The battle for the V8 Supercars championship took an unexpected turn with all four title contenders finishing with lowly starting positions.

Michael West Start your engines, get a Big Four audit firm as your co-driver, pick out the gaps in the regulatory road, take the short cuts, and go the wrong way if you must.

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Taxpayers taken on a long car ride

Ford assembly plant in Broadmeadows.

Michael West The first thing to notice about Australia's three car makers is how jealously they guard their accounts.

Car profits driven overseas

Car manufacturing

Su-Lin Tan and Michael West A Business Day analysis of the latest financial accounts for Australia's big three car makers has found profits were again eroded by hefty royalty payments to parent companies overseas while the...

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Elders old enough to remember better times, too proud to beg

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Michael West Elders Ltd is drowning in the surf, waving its arms yelling, 'Don't rescue me! Don't rescue me!'