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Allens advises KKR on acquisition of certain Campbell international operations including Arnott's
News 13 Aug 2019

As part of the transaction, KKR will acquire Arnott’s (the iconic Australian biscuit brand and a major driver of Campbell International’s sales), Campbell’s simple meals and snacking brands in ...

Take Two: anti-bribery reforms revived and long-awaited draft regulatory guidance released
Insight 04 Dec 2019

The Australian Government has tabled the Crimes Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 (the 2019 Bill) in the Senate, and the Attorney-General's Department has released Draft Guidance on the steps a body corporate can take to prevent an associate from bribing foreign public officials for public consultation (the Draft Guidance). Like the 2017 version of the Bill that lapsed earlier this year (the 2017 Bill), if passed, the 2019 Bill will strengthen Australia's foreign bribery laws, including by introducing a new corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery by an associate, and will introduce a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) scheme for resolving serious corporate criminal matters. Partner Rachel Nicolson, Senior Associate Andrew Wilcock and Associate Lewis Winter report on the key differences between the 2017 and 2019 Bills, and the content of the Draft Guidance. ...

The wait is over: Equator Principles 4 is here
Insight 25 Nov 2019

The Equator Principles Association unveiled the finalised fourth version of the Equator Principles (EP4) on 18 November 2019. Set for an effective date of 1 July 2020, EP4 heightens requirements for designated OECD countries and tightens due diligence assessments with a greater focus on human rights, climate change and biodiversity. While there are many improvements and refinements from the draft we reviewed in June, the only potentially material change is a compromise on the 'free prior and informed consent' requirement for affected Indigenous communities. ...

Allens continues winning streak across banking and finance league tables
News 04 Nov 2019

For the first nine months of calendar year 2019, Allens topped Debtwire's Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) Lead Bank's Legal Counsel by volume and number of deals, as well as the Dealogic Regional Legal ...

Allens advises on innovative $35m facility for gold producer
News 04 Nov 2019

The facility will provide Ramelius with access to working capital and support for any corporate or asset acquisition it might conduct in the future. There is also scope to increase funding, subject ...

Allens advises Santos on strategic natural gas and LNG acquisition
News 24 Oct 2019

The transaction, once completed, will deliver Santos operatorship and control of the Darwin LNG facility (and associated mid-stream assets), the Bayu-Undan project and the Barossa project. The ...

Allens acts on the IPO for the Magellan High Conviction Trust and Magellan's institutional placement
News 16 Oct 2019

Allens has advised Magellan Asset Management Limited, on an initial public offering for a new ASX-listed investment trust, the Magellan High Conviction Trust. ...

If in doubt, get the whitewash out
Insight 11 Oct 2019

The High Court's first decision on the financial assistance prohibition in section 260A of the Corporations Act supports a conservative approach to the prohibition, and in particular highlights the danger of 'taking a view' on the no material prejudice exception. ...

Treasury proposes tougher penalties for corporate and financial sector misconduct
Insight 26 Sep 2018

The Federal Government has released exposure draft legislation for public consultation that if enacted will implement many of the recommendations of the ASIC Enforcement Review Taskforce to strengthen the penalty regime for corporate and financial sector misconduct Partner Simun Soljo and Lawyer ...

Royal Commission update
Insight 15 May 2018

The hearings in the Financial Services Royal Commission have been compulsory viewing not only for financial services industry participants and their regulators and professional service providers The hearings have exposed wide-ranging actual or alleged wrongful conduct that has captured the attention ...

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