APLMA Australian Economics and Finance Forum


On 29th October 2019, APLMA's Australia Branch held its "Australian Economics and Finance Forum" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney.

One of the highlights of the Forum was "A Conversation with Sir John Key (former Prime Minister of New Zealand) and John Macfarlane", both of whom are Independent Non-Executive Directors at ANZ. The "conversation" was ably moderated by Cathryn Carver, Executive General Manager - Client Coverage, National Australia Bank and provided an in-depth look and (some personal views) about future trends and challenges for the Australian economy.

Next up was the Economics Panel, moderated by Allen Mitchell of the Australian Financial Review, which looked at a wider range of macro-economic issues currently affecting the global economy. The distinguished panel included Professor Ligang Song, Chief Economist at Bank of China; Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist at HSBC Bank Australia; Ben Jarman, Senior Economist at J.P Morgan; and Bill Evans, Chief Economist, Managing Director and Global Head of Economics and Research at Westpac Banking Corporation.

Of particular interest to many people in the audience was the "Banking Disruption Panel" which discussed and debated how technology will most likely transform corporate lending. The panel was moderated by Alastair Gourlay, Partner at Baker & McKenzie, and the panellists included John Nestel, Managing Director at Faraday Associate; David Hornery, Co-CEO of Judo Bank; and Peter Pallister, Head of New Ventures and Digital at Westpac Banking Corporation. To hear the key takeaways from this discussion, please follow this link.

Our sincere thanks to Baker & McKenzie for sharing this video and also for being a gold sponsor of the event.

In sum total, this was an outstanding event and a great success for the APLMA Australia team.