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CFO Live

Join the nation’s top CFOs to hear their unique operational and strategic perspectives on navigating ongoing business challenges, capitalising on change and seizing growth opportunities for a business-led economic recovery.


CSL chief executive Paul Perreault is seeking to buy Swiss-based Vifor Pharma.

CFO helps CSL nail record $6.3b raise in 24 hours

Joy Linton has helped pull off Australia’s largest primary equity raise, taking the biotech giant a step closer to completing its $16.4 billion buyout of Vifor Pharma.

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  • Carrie LaFrenz

Finance chiefs on delivering a business-led recovery

Driving business value now and for a post-pandemic economy are some of the themes at the third Financial Review CFO Live summit.

BHP’s chief financial officer David Lamont, and Janelle Hopkins, of REA Group, say technological change and a shortage of skilled workers are big issues facing many companies.

The big worry facing Australia’s bullish CFOs

Australia’s chief financial officers are readying for a bumper 2022. But skills shortages, particularly for tech talent, have emerged as a high hurdle. 

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  • James Thomson

Bullish CFOs expose Australia’s technology worker shortage

Whether Australia, amid the enormous global growth of the digital economy, is underdeveloping and misallocating its human capital is the question raised by the CFO Live event.

  • The AFR View

Tech worker shortage a disruptive force for growth plans: CFO

Leading executives say the most damaging phases of the pandemic are over, but warn a crippling technology skills shortfall threatens to thwart their ambitions.

  • Michael Read, Lucas Baird and James Eyers

December 2021

Richard Sleijpen says investors are cautious heading into 2022.

Inflation, interest rates, infection a curb on returns in 2022: UBS

Richard Sleijpen, boss of capital markets for UBS Australasia, says a repeat of the $350 billion M&A boom in 2021 is unlikely next year.

  • Simon Evans
CFO Live: Suncorp CFO Jeremy Robson, left, listens to Westpac CFO Michael Rowland, with Steven Skinner, senior director at Oracle on Monday.

Why staff shortages at EY and PwC have become Westpac’s problem

Finance chiefs, who often hunt in consulting firms for digital workers, called for international borders to reopen to skilled migrants to relieve staffing pressures.

  • James Eyers
“We’ve become much more deliberate and targeted in how we get the best out of it [flexible working],” Ms McPherson said.

Executives hope ‘anchor days’ will revive office culture

A more “deliberate and targeted” approach to flexible work planning is needed to ensure workplace culture can continue to thrive post-pandemic, CFOs say.

  • Lucas Baird
Richard Sleijpen says investors are exhausted and cautious about what lies ahead.

Why investors are more uncertain about 2022

UBS deal maker Richard Sleijpen told CFO Live the three Rs of 2021 - rotation, reflation and recovery - have given way to a different picture dominated by three Is - inflation, interest rates and infection.

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  • James Thomson
ASIC commissioner Cathie Armour

ASIC raises the heat on greenwashing IPO hopefuls

As part of its increased surveillance of climate-related disclosures and net zero targets, ASIC wants listing candidates to go from big statements to actual plans.

  • Ayesha de Kretser and Simon Evans
Investing in transport, housing and internet infrastructure, as rural towns struggle with an influx of city escapees, should be a focus for politicians, industry leaders say.

The CFO solutions to get productivity and economic growth going

Politicians should invest in regional transport, housing and internet infrastructure, to help rural towns manage the influx of city escapees, executives say.

  • Michael Read

BHP asset sales could help it pay higher dividends: analysts

Analysts say BHP could afford to raise its payout ratio once it has divested its oil, gas and coal assets.

  • Peter Ker
GPT CFO Anastasia Clark: “We can only influence tenants when we have our own house in order.”

Walking the ESG walk: GPT, Oz Minerals, Aurizon make early strides

Green issues have nudged aside financial issues and moved from the fringe to front and centre of discussions between listed companies and investors.

  • Ben Potter
ATO second commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn will speak at the Financial Review CFO Live summit on Monday.

‘Take stock’ on excess JobKeeper payments: Tax Office

ATO second commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn says firms with rebounding turnover should consider repaying funds received in the $90 billion scheme

  • Tom McIlroy
 Simon Birmingham: “The fiscal path that Australia will tread in the years to come is nothing short of a tightrope.”

Birmingham warns of fiscal policy ‘tightrope’

The Morrison government says fiscal strategy will move to budget repair after the election and trying to pay down debt and deficit while keeping the economy growing will be akin to walking a tightrope.

  • Phillip Coorey

November 2021

Coles CFO Leah Weckert studied science and chemical engineering.

Four leading female CFOs reveal their road to the top finance job

There is no typical career path to becoming a chief financial officer. Just ask Leah Weckert from Coles, who has not even studied accounting.

  • Sally Patten
UBS bankers handled five concurrent bookbuilds in one day. From left, Richard Sleijpen, Victoria Hardie, Paul Newmann, Katie Klosterman. Photo: Wolter Peeters

The moment UBS showed up the sceptics

UBS head of global capital markets Richard Sleijpen says this year has been a record for $1 billion IPOs.

  • Jemima Whyte

August 2021

Telstra CFO Vicki Brady, speaking at the Financial Review CFO Live summit 2021

Growth strategies post pandemic

CFO’s take centre stage as they drive a business-led recovery.

October 2020

CEW president Sue Morphet said research showed companies with balanced teams do better.

How to get more women into the C-suite

The best candidate for chief executive or chief financial officer could be right under the board's noses. Here's why companies should promote from within.

  • Natasha Boddy
Greg Peirce says there is "always a war for talent" in investment banking.

UBS backs itself as companies eye M&A opportunities

Swiss bank UBS will still attract the best people despite a slew of departures to rivals, according to global M&A co-head Greg Peirce.

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  • Tim Boyd
 CEO of Chartered Accountants Ainslie van Onselen during the Australian Financial Review CFO live summit

CFOs to lead on investment opportunities

The challenge for executives in charge of company finances is to provide the leadership needed to seize the opportunities for investment emerging in the post-COVID world.

  • The AFR View
Afterpay CFO Rebecca Lowde took on the job three weeks ago.

US investors key to Afterpay's mega-valuation

Afterpay's new CFO says growing the usage from customers is more important for growth than new customers.

  • Yolanda Redrup
'You imagine what will happen to communities, to governments, to supply chains, to the environment, to your assets, and some of it is pretty scary stuff': Lendlease's Tarun Gupta.

Pandemic a preview for climate chaos: Lendlease CFO

Lendlease chief financial officer Tarun Gupta says the economic disruption caused by the global pandemic is a taste of what extreme climate change could bring. 

  • James Fernyhough
GPT CFO Anastasia Clark is talking tough with retailers that won't pay rent.

GPT won't stand for tenants that don't want to pay rent

GPT Group finance chief Anastasia Clarke says it's crucial for retailers that shopping centres remain open during the Christmas period.

  • Jonathan Shapiro
NBN CFO Philip Knox says 5G is not designed for fixed wireless.

NBN gives 'virtually zero' thought to 5G threat

NBN Co's chief financial officer Philip Knox says he and his fellow executives are not concerned about the threat 5G poses to his company's business model.

  • James Fernyhough