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Barry Wang

Senior Associate

Barry advises ASX-listed companies on corporate governance matters.

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Experience

Barry is a Senior Associate in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Head Office Advisory Team. As an expert in corporate governance, he has co-authored a number of book chapters on the subject and has completed a secondment at CBA’s Group Governance team. Barry is experienced with advising clients in a wide range of sectors, including mining, industrials, agribusiness, consumer discretionary, and infrastructure.  

Barry’s expertise spans across areas including:     

  • environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, including advising on the potential greenwashing risk of public disclosures, ‘say on climate’ resolutions, climate transition action plans, and modern slavery statements;
  • shareholder meetings and shareholder activism;
  • annual reporting, including advising on remuneration reports, corporate governance statements, directors’ reports and other periodic disclosure documents;
  • regulatory relief applications;
  • governance documents, including constitutions, policies, and board and board committee charters; and
  • remuneration, including advising on incentive plans and offer documents.

Barry’s recent experience includes:

  • advising on Adbri’s 2022 Net Zero Roadmap, BHP’s 2021 Climate Transition Action Plan, and BHP’s 2020 Climate Change Report;
  • advising BHP on the unification of its dual listed companies structure, including general meetings to approve unification and a wholesale review of its corporate governance suite;
  • obtaining a series of financial reporting and annual general meeting relief from ASIC for Speedcast International Limited in connection with its US Chapter 11 process;
  • undertaking reviews of BHP’s annual reporting suites; and
  • advising SunRice in relation to bespoke governance issues, including those arising from its dual-class share structure.

 

Background

Barry holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons Class I) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney. Barry is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.