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Welcome to the Listed @ ASX newsletter. This newsletter is intended for Managing Directors, Company Secretaries, other senior managers and corporate advisers.
 
Welcome to our first edition for 2007. We start-off with commentary from the CEO of ASX on a range of ASX market enhancements we're working on that will benefit the listed company sector.  This is followed by a wrap-up of the market's performance in 2006. We have a special feature article on the rise of agricultural biotechnology, which is followed by an update on the ASX Equity Research Scheme.  Finally we finish with some news on Listing Rule courses available to listed companies and their advisers. 
ASX market release - cash market enhancements

In his commentary on its half-year results, Robert Elstone, ASX CEO, covered a range of topics of interest to ASX listed companies and their advisers.  The following are some relevant extracts from that commentary.
Australian equity market a strong performer in 2006 again

The Australian market has started 2007 on a very healthy note with Australia's benchmark S&P/ASX 200 reaching an intra-day record of 6,003.2 on 19 February 2007 before closing just shy of the 6,000 mark.
The rise of agricultural biotechnology

Investors looking for strong returns should take a sharper focus on agricultural biotechnology which, in the top global markets, is experiencing close to double digit growth.
ASX Equity Research update

In the last edition of Listed @ ASX we announced the new ASX Equity Research Scheme, which is designed to extend research availability to a wider range of ASX listed companies.

New national course for professionals responsible for compliance with the ASX Listing Rules

Tribeca Learning and Corporate Compliance Partners (CCP) have launched Australia's first professional education course focused specifically on the ASX Listing Rules.

CAMAC report - the social responsibility of corporations

In December 2006 the Government's Companies and Markets Advisory Committee (Committee) released its report The social responsibility of Corporations.
Upcoming events

3rd Annual Company Secretarial Law & Practice Conference

Attend Law & Finance's 3rd Annual Company Secretarial Law and Practice conference to keep up to date on regulatory changes

Private Placement Seminars - Tapping into the US & Overseas Institutional Investment Market

ASX invites you to come and find out on how to access the US and international private placement market and to meet some of the most active overseas funds which are active in micro-cap and small listed companies.

Corporate Governance of ASX Listed Entities Course

Tribeca Learning and Corporate Compliance Partners (CCP) have launched Australia's first professional education course focused specifically on the ASX Listing Rules.

6th Annual Governance Symposium - the rise of shareholder power

Chartered Secretaries Australia brings you a thought-provoking half-day symposium on a hot topic in governance. This is your opportunity to both listen and contribute to the debate on the rise of shareholder power.