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Dealing with data: your M&A playbook
Insight 27 Nov 2019

There is more M&A activity in data across all sectors, and data opportunities and risks are impacting headline price, post-completion deal value and risk-allocation profile of investments and M&A transactions. For both buyers and sellers, this playbook helps in-house counsel and dealmakers navigate the data issues that arise in the context of mergers, acquisitions, demergers and investments to maximise the value in these transactions. ...

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. ...

TGA guidance on the promotion of medicinal cannabis
Insight 25 Nov 2019

The Therapeutic Goods Administration ( TGA ) has issued guidance on advertising to the public for businesses involved with medicinal cannabis products and therapies. Along with advertising ...

Build-to-rent: key to unlocking the future liveability of Australia's cities
Insight 25 Nov 2019

The dial is shifting for Australian cities. Consumer priorities have changed, placing increasing emphasis on the need for accommodation that's close to work, offers high quality amenities and guarantees security of tenure. In our latest ...

The new test for dishonesty – criminalising conduct that falls short of 'community expectations'?
Insight 22 Nov 2019

There has been a lot of talk about the recent amendment to the test for dishonesty in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), which lowers the burden on the prosecution. In this article, we take a closer ...

Spotlight on responsible lending, duty of care and best interests
Insight 22 Nov 2019

Dear clients and colleagues You may have noticed we have been a bit quiet at Unravelled despite a few recent cases of interest. It is not because we weren't keenly watching – quite the opposite. ...

Furniture retailers punished for 'was/now' pricing claims; Mazda faces allegations of consumer law failings; and location data under the lens in ACCC case against Google
Insight 22 Nov 2019

Furniture retailers fined for false 'was/now' pricing claims; Mazda defends claims of unconscionable conduct and false or misleading representations over faulty vehicles; Unique ordered to pay millions in damages over its funded diploma courses; ACCC presses Google on its policies relating to location data; and ACCC approves ANZ Terminals' acquisition of GrainCorp Bulk Liquid Terminals. ...

Employer's attempt to dismiss controversial employee costs $1.2 million in compensation
Insight 21 Nov 2019

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia awarded a professor more than $1.2 million after his employer, a university, used 'cherry-picked' parts of his writings to justify his dismissal. 1 ...

New superannuation opt-out for high income earners
Insight 21 Nov 2019

From 1 January 2020, individuals who have more than one job may be able to opt out of receiving super contributions from all of their employers. ...

Reputation on the line: the importance of getting award compliance right
Insight 21 Nov 2019

With talk of wage theft becoming a criminal offence, this month's Senate approval of a wage and superannuation theft inquiry, and the increasing number of large employers being named and shamed for underpayments, there has never been a more important time for employers to check they are meeting their obligations – including compliance with modern awards. ...

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