Federal Court submission
Our Seven affidavit to the Federal Court objecting to aspects of the scheme. See Justice Jacobson's final judgment.
Edited highlights from bootleg audio from the shareholder EGMs held on April 20
Introduction to the meeting from Peter Ritchie
Shareholder asks how will it all work
Another shareholder talks about the confusing valuation
Strong debate between Stephen Mayne and the board on a range of issues
A shareholder asks what would happen to the company if the Caterpillar dealership franchise was terminated?
Stephen Mayne asks why Stokes paid $100 million for Westrac property?
Another shareholder questions the value of the deal
Shareholder wants to know what would happen if Kerry Stokes walks out on the deal
All questions by Stephen Mayne
The quality and value of these securities is reduced.
Will you be treating both classes of shareholders equally?
Please clarify these bullish "record high" share price claims
The AFR reported the following on Wednesday, April 21:
“Earlier this month, sources close to the negotiations between ACE and fund managers said Mr Stokes had indicated Mr Ritchie and Ms Boling, who have been Seven directors since 1991 and 1993 respectively, would resign after the Seven-WesTrac merger was completed on May 13.”
When I asked Peter Ritchie about this at the meeting, he said: “None of us (the three independent directors) have plans to resign.” Read the full transcript.
It was disappointing that the meeting was so heavily influenced by an executive director in the form of Bruce McWilliam. Seven failed to webcast the meeting, provide a transcript online and even attempted to ban any individual shareholder from recording proceedings. As a message for future scheme meeting votes, it would be appropriate for the court to sanction Seven's conduct and lay out a best practice model.
Read this transcript that demonstrates Mr McWilliam's regular interference and sometimes aggressive behaviour.
774 ABC Melbourne - discussing the Seven Network EGM on Wednesday April 21, 2010.
RRR Melbourne - talking with The Breakfasters about the Seven Network EGM on Wednesday April 21, 2010.
The Weekend Australian
Seven Network's waiting game
by Susannah Moran, April 24, 2010.
Mayne: Why the judge should make further inquiries on Seven deal
Wednesday, April 21
The final insult: Stokes refuses to attend Seven EGMs
Monday, April 19
Stokes crafts a sensible compromise, now for the new directors
Tuesday, April 13
Sky Business View - discussing the Seven network EGM on Friday, April 23, 2010.
Lateline Business - Seven shareholders vote for merger, April 20, 2010.
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