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Linklaters Insights: UK - At a glance: governance and risk December 2019/January 2020
Insight 31 Jan 2020

This latest guide looks at developments at the end of last year and the beginning of 2020. It covers: Brexit and the transition, final-form recommendations for audit and auditor reform, new stewardship obligations for investors, tougher new anti-money laundering rules, FRC guidance for this year's annual reports and Section 172 statements, the extension of the FCA's Senior Manager regime, market abuse, ESG and climate, private equity reporting, transparency of ownership of UK real estate and late payment. ...

Procurement update – when can government abandon a procurement process and what are the consequences? Considerations from the UK
Insight 28 Jan 2020

The United Kingdom High Court (the Court) recently handed down its judgment in Amey Highways Ltd v West Sussex County Council, which considered the abandonment of a government procurement process following a breach of relevant procurement regulations by a public agency. For government departments and agencies in particular, this case clarifies when a public agency can abandon a procurement process and what remedies may be available to bidders in these circumstances. ...

Australia considers adopting worldwide human rights sanction regime
Insight 17 Dec 2019

The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has announced a parliamentary inquiry into whether Australia should introduce legislation authorising the Government to impose ...

Australia's Modern Slavery Act – one year on
Insight 11 Dec 2019

Australia's modern slavery reporting regime was introduced one year ago, and 2020 will see the first set of modern slavery statements published by reporting entities. This is, therefore, a timely ...

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Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 (the 2019 Bill) in the Senate, and the Attorney-General's Department has released Draft Guidance on the steps a body corporate can take to prevent an associate from bribing foreign public officials for public consultation (the Draft Guidance).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. ...

ALRC's Discussion Paper released: a clearer, consistent and more rational framework for addressing corporate misconduct in Australia
Insight 15 Nov 2019

The Australian Law Reform Commission released for consultation today a set of proposals aimed at overhauling the federal corporate criminal responsibility regime. This comes in the wake of criticisms that the current system is ineffective in preventing, deterring and prosecuting serious corporate crime. Whilst the reforms offer a clearer, consistent and more rational framework for addressing corporate misconduct in Australia, some elements (such as the adoption of a general 'associate' model for criminal attribution) will no doubt raise concern given their capacity to significantly extend corporate liability. We examine some of the key proposals and their likely impact. Partner Christopher Kerrigan and Senior Overseas Practitioner Cindy McNair report. ...

ASIC Corporate Governance Taskforce Report
Insight 04 Oct 2019

ASIC has released its first report focusing on director and officer oversight of non-financial risk in seven large financial services companies (the First Report). While the report focuses on financial services companies, ASIC points out expressly that all companies, regardless of sector, should read and engage with the findings of this report. ...

What this means for new regulatory enforcement landscape
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Preparing your business to respond Although dealing with regulators will never be an exact science, there are steps you can take now to navigate this new regulatory enforcement landscape. We have been assisting clients with: preparing a ...

What this means for class action risks in financial services
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Filings: what have we seen and what's to come? Before the publication of the Final Report, the matters raised during the Royal Commission resulted in either the commencement or investigation of class actions in relation to: Superannuation ...

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