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Vietnam cross-border lending guide
Insight 23 Nov 2021

Vietnam continues to be an attractive destination for foreign investors. Both Vietnamese and foreign-invested enterprises constantly require debt capital from overseas lenders to establish and grow their businesses. Further, the demand for cross-border financing has also been boosted by a growing nu ...

A tale of two OAIC investigations – privacy implications for the use of facial recognition technology
Insight 23 Nov 2021

Determinations issued by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) following two recent investigations against 7-Eleven and Clearview AI, reinforce a global trend of growing regulatory scrutiny of the use of facial recognition technology by private sector organisations, and follows Facebook's recent decision to shut down its facial recognition system. ...

The growing importance of ESG due diligence
Insight 16 Nov 2021

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are a major focus of many companies, their stakeholders and regulators. Companies are exploring how to embrace the opportunities that may arise from a well-executed ESG strategy and navigate the risks that ESG issues present, particularly in a period of evolving laws and standards, stakeholder expectations and shareholder activism. ...

Digital Platform Services Inquiry Third Interim Report – introducing choice screens in general search services
Insight 17 Nov 2021

The ACCC recently published its third Digital Platform Services Inquiry Interim Report (Choice Screen Report) as part of its ongoing role monitoring the impact of digital platforms on competition and consumers. The Choice Screen Report focuses on the impact of pre-installation and default arrangements on competition and consumer choice in the supply of web browsers and general search services. ...

Emerging ESG disputes risks and key mitigation strategies
Insight 16 Nov 2021

Pressure is emerging from multiple angles – regulation, investors, employees and communities – to have a proactive approach to ESG issues. In this Insight, we highlight current trends in ESG disputes and outline the key strategies companies should be implementing right now to mitigate ESG disputes risk. ...

What is ESG diligence and why is it relevant?
Insight 16 Nov 2021

A company's ESG credentials can have a material impact on its long-term performance and valuation. In this video, our cross-sector experts provide the real and potential ESG due diligence traps for organisations; highlight best practices for ESG diligence on investments and acquisitions; and outline some thoughts on steps to be taking once the deal is done.   ...

CDPP discontinues criminal proceedings against ANZ and Rick Moscati; and other developments
Insight 09 Nov 2021

No criminal proceedings against ANZ and Rick Moscati; ACCC authorises Commercial Radio Australia to collectively negotiate with Google and Facebook; Agrison ordered to pay penalty; Federal Court restrains Virtus Health in acquisition of Adora Fertility; ...

Privacy Act reforms: a new Online Privacy Code
Insight 08 Nov 2021

In late October, the Attorney-General's Department released a long-awaited Exposure Draft of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill (Online Privacy Bill) to amend the Privacy Act 1988 (Privacy Act). ...

Allens advises AusNet on proposed $10.2 billion acquisition by Brookfield
News 08 Nov 2021

AusNet owns and operates the primary Victorian electricity transmission network, an electricity distribution network and a gas distribution network. The proposed transaction was announced on 1 ...

Allens advises rhipe on acquisition by Crayon
News 04 Nov 2021

Corporate Partners Tom Story and Charles Ashton led the Allens team on the acquisition. 'We have enjoyed working closely with rhipe's board, senior management team and its financial adviser Jefferi ...

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