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Next Wellington Seminar

Next Wellington Seminar

 

The Law and Economics Association of New Zealand (LEANZ) invites you to an evening panel discussion on New Zealand dairy institutions with three prominent commentators.

 

Title:            What's working and what can be improved with New Zealand dairy sector institutions?

Panellists:  Alex Duncan, Consulting Economist, Finology; Phil Barry, Director, TDB Advisory; Tony Baldwin, A E Baldwin New Zealand

Date:           Wednesday 4 September 2019

Venue:        Chapman Tripp, Level 17, 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, 6011

Time:          5:30 pm for light refreshments for a 5:50pm start (please note the 10min earlier than usual start to announce the winners of the essay competition)

 RSVP:        Eventbrite Link here

 

About the topic

The New Zealand dairy sector remains a key contributor to New Zealand’s exports and wider economic performance. It is facing increasing pressure over environmental degradation and competition for water resources, while the industry’s regulatory arrangements are also under review. Three prominent commentators each discuss what’s working and what can be improved with the sector’s institutional arrangements, speaking for 15 minutes and taking questions for five minutes.

 

About the speakers

Alex Duncan is a Consulting Economist with Finology. As a Senior Advisor to the CFO at Fonterra 2002 to 2015, Alex initiated the establishment of Fonterra’s Global Dairy Trade auction and largely conceived and led Fonterra’s “trading among farmers” capital structure changes. Prior to that he was Corporate Finance Partner in Arthur Andersen and advised on the formation of Fonterra. He was an advisor to the Treasury on major corporate tax reforms in the mid-1980s and 1990s and, as head of the economics function of the Fishing Industry Board from 1980-85, he was deeply involved in the design, advocacy and implementation of the Quota Management System.

Phil Barry is Director of TDB Advisory, which he co-established in 2002. TDB provides strategic, financial and economic advice to many of NZ’s largest corporates, including in the infrastructure, agribusiness and private/public interfacing sectors. TDB publishes an annual Dairy Companies Review and its clients in the dairy sector include Goodman Fielder and Westland Milk. Phil is a former Counsellor Economic on NZ’s Delegation to the OECD and is on the IMF’s Panel of Fiscal Experts. As a former senior Treasury official, Phil was involved in a range of reforms across the NZ economy, including those leading to the formation of Fonterra.

Tony Baldwin specialises in providing corporate advisory, project management, and public policy services to private and public sector organisations. Tony trained as a corporate lawyer with Chapman Tripp, interned for US Senator Carl Levin, worked in France for electronics multi-national, Thompson-CSF, then spent several years in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, leading the officials teams in the break-up of ECNZ and related electricity market regulatory policy, and then led the project team that deregulated and reorganised multiple producer boards, including dairy. Prompted by a lack of external scrutiny at the formation of Fonterra, Tony has provided periodic commentary on Fonterra issues and performance.

 

Queries about the event can be directed to:

Diego Villalobos, diego.villalobos@comcom.govt.nz

 

Lawyers may note that if this seminar is part of your learning objectives in your CPDPR, then the seminar can count for one hour of your 10 CPD hours. Please contact a LEANZ representative at the seminar to confirm your attendance.


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