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Austin Black

About the Authors

Dr RP Austin

Senior Legal Consultant
Minter Ellison

BA, LLM (Hons I, Syd), D Phil (Oxon)


Ashley Black

Mallesons Stephen Jaques

Robert (Bob) Austin held an academic position in the fields of equity and company law at the University of Sydney from 1969 to 1990, becoming Professor (1984) and Head of the Department of Law (1985). He has continued to teach, with emphasis in recent years on corporate takeovers, fundraising and corporate governance.

He was a partner with Minter Ellison from 1990 to 1998. He took responsibility for major matters with high legal analytical content. He was a member of the Takeovers Panel from 2001 to 2006. After serving as a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales from 1998 to 2010, he has returned to legal practice as a Senior Legal Consultant with Minter Ellison, and is Head of Minters' Corporate HQ Advisory Team.

His many publications include Ford's Principles of Corporations Law (with IM Ramsay); Austin, Ford and Ramsay, Company Directors: Principles of Law & Corporate Governance (2005): and Austin & Black's Annotations to the Corporations Act (with AJ Black).


Ashley Black is a partner at Mallesons Stephen Jaques and specialises in commercial litigation with an emphasis on the Corporations Act and regulatory matters. He is joint author of Securities & Financial Services Law (LexisNexis, 7th ed, 2008) and teaches postgraduate courses in financial services regulation at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales.