7:00 am – 8:30 am
Wednesday 1st July, 2015
Alexander John Paior, LLB – Executive Chairman of Monopoly Property Group
Alex Paior’s resume is impressive. Starting his career as associate to Mr. Justice Williams (a Federal Judge of the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Commission) in 1969 and working as a Senior Industrial Relations Advocate with the Victorian Employers Federation in 1971, he received his Law degree from the University of Adelaide in 1974 and was almost immediately admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia.
In 1975, Alex was a founding partner of Johnson Paior & Co which specialised in corporate and commercial areas of the law and eventually became known as ‘Johnsons’, one of South Australia’s leading commercial law firms. After 22 years as Managing Partner, Alex left the firm to join Thomson Simmons & Co, the largest law firm in the state at the tine, where was its Senior Corporate & Commercial Partner and later Managing Partner of Phillips Fox which acquired Thomson Simmons & Co.
Alex had wide experience in Conveyance, Finance, and Insolvency law but his particular expertise was in the areas of Corporate Advisory, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Law. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Alex acted in the listing of more than 50 ‘start-up’ companies on the Australian Stock Exchange as well as numerous capital raisings, mergers, work-outs, business disposals and acquisitions for both private and public companies.
Throughout his career, Alex has been company director and Chairman of a number of Australian Stock Exchange listed companies and large Australian private companies.
While practicing law, Alex had extensive experience in international transactions, acting for major Australian companies in mergers and acquisitions in Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany and Greece) and Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and China). He headed project teams in major transactions involving friendly and hostile takeovers of a number of Australia’s largest companies including Adelaide Steamship Co. Ltd., Southern Farmers Limited, and Normandy Resources Limited. He also acted for the Board of Directors of Normandy Resources Limited to effect its merger with Poseidon Limited to create “Normandy Poseidon Limited”, a transaction that involved assets in excess of $1 billion and was probably the most complicated merger and one of the largest in Australia up to that time.
He has also spent time working overseas, moving to the United States to consult to A-55, LP on its International Business Development. A-55, LP was the precursor to Clean Fuels Technology, Inc, the world’s leading emulsified fuels technology developer. Alex was responsible for commercializing the diesel fuel technology and obtaining regulatory approval for the sale of the Company’s products in the United States, Italy, France, Sth. Korea, Mexico, Ecuador and Australia.
Alex was later promoted to Vice President, then President and ultimately appointed CEO of Clean Fuels technology, Inc and its successor company, Ecoenergy Solutions, Inc.
In late 2005, Alex returned to Adelaide as CEO of The Sparr Group, a group of companies that owned a number of hotels motels and restaurants including South Australian hospitality industry icons, the Playford Hotel, (formerly the Sebel Playford Adelaide and Radisson Playford Hotel), The Windy Point Complex and The Riverfront Complex.
In 2007, Alex joined Rundle Capital Partners Limited (a South Australian based corporate advisor) as Chairman and General Counsel. Here he handled transactions such as IPOs, Divestments, Mergers, Acquisitions, Capital Raisings, Strategic Planning and general corporate advisory.
In 2014, Alex left Rundle Capital and became the Chairman of Monopoly Property Group Pty Ltd which has investments in and manages property developments in South Australia and Victoria having a value in excess of $500 million.
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