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Treasurer hails fifth wave of competition reform with changes to merger clearance rules
Insight 10 Apr 2024

The Federal Treasurer, Dr Jim Chalmers MP, announced today that the Government is moving ahead with its plans to introduce significant changes to Australia's merger clearance rules. ...

ACCC 2024/2025 enforcement priorities
Insight 12 Mar 2024

Competition and consumer law issues in financial services, essential services and wholesale gas markets will be a focus for the ACCC. Cartels and anti-competitive conduct remain an ongoing focus. In terms of consumers and small businesses, there will be particular focus on manipulative or deceptive advertising practices in connection with digital services and 'green' claims. The ACCC is also advocating for law reform in relation to digital platforms, unfair trading, consumer guarantees and merger control. ...

'Super' protection for consumers and small businesses
Insight 26 Feb 2024

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Measures For Future Bills) Bill 2023: ACCC Designated Complaints Function seeks to create a specific complaints-handling function within the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for those lodged by designated consumer and small business advocacy groups. ...

Jumping the starter's gun – what banks and clients utilising derivatives can learn from ASIC's new guidance on pre-hedging
Insight 21 Feb 2024

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has released guidance clarifying its expectations in relation to a bank, or other intermediary, pre-hedging derivative exposures.   ...

Key issues in designing a mandatory merger regime for a modern economy
Insight

In this Insight, we examine what the ACCC has put forward so far and the implications, drawing on the experience and architecture of regimes overseas. ...

ACCC recommends significant reforms targeting digital platforms
Insight

The ACCC's Interim Report 5 in the Digital Platform Services Inquiry (the DPSI) recommends to Treasury a number of reforms to competition and consumer laws which it considers are not currently sufficient to address harms it has identified since 2017. ...

No sticker shock for automakers as High Court unpeels labelling case
Insight 15 Dec 2023

Earlier this week, the High Court handed down its unanimous judgment in the Mitsubishi fuel consumption labelling case, finding in favour of Mitsubishi. ...

Australian Treasury commences consultation on possible changes to Australia's merger clearance rules
Insight 15 Dec 2023

Possible changes to Australia's merger control rules have been on the table for some time and are now being considered by a Competition Taskforce within the Australian Treasury. On 20 November 2023, the Taskforce issued a consultation paper on possible merger clearance changes. ...

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