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Consultation period has closed for draft FAR Bill
Insight 31 Aug 2021

On 13 August 2021, consultation closed on the various documents issued by Treasury in relation to the much anticipated Financial Accountability Regime (FAR). ...

Get ready for the IDR changes
Insight 31 Aug 2021

With the implementation date of the internal dispute resolution (IDR) changes imminent, many of you will have commenced (or, in some cases, already completed) updating internal complaints procedures to comply with ASIC's new standards and requirements for IDR systems. ...

Will new continuous disclosure laws limit shareholder class actions?
Insight 19 Aug 2021

Following a period of temporary reform, Australia's continuous disclosure regime has been permanently amended in an effort to combat the upward trend of opportunistic shareholder class actions and to put downward pressure on premiums for directors and officers insurance ...

Are you ready for the new breach reporting regime?
Insight 18 Aug 2021

ASIC has released a consultation paper on its draft regulatory guidance for the new (read onerous and wide-ranging) breach reporting regime, which is to commence on 1 October 2021. The release, on 22 April 2021, followed the Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response) Act 2020 ...

The ESG remedy ecosystem – working backwards from an OECD National Contact Point complaint
Insight 16 Aug 2021

A global increase in complaints under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) to state-based National Contact Points (NCPs) shows that the OECD Guidelines are an established part of the toolkit for NGOs and civil society groups seeking to influence corporate behaviour and ...

Mandatory CCR is here – what's actually different?
Insight 29 Jul 2021

The mandatory comprehensive credit reporting scheme is finally in operation. We explain what's changed, who it affects, and the key considerations, risks and obligations — including steps you need to take soon. ...

ESG activism is growing – what should boards do?
Insight 27 Jul 2021

ESG-related interests of stakeholders are impacting the governance arrangements of large listed companies. We look at why this is important for boards, and what steps they can take to mitigate becoming the target of this type of activist campaign. ...

AIFMD: update on the state of play for Australian fund managers post-Brexit
Insight 27 Jul 2021

The landscape for wholesale investment funds in the UK has shifted in the wake of Brexit. We give a round-up of the latest developments, and explain what Australian fund managers who are marketing their products to EU or UK investors need to know. ...

The draft FAR bill has finally landed
Insight 20 Jul 2021

In this Insight we provide a brief snapshot of the new regime as well as provide timing, guidance and key considerations you need to start thinking about now. ...

Potential licensing relief for Foreign Financial Service Providers
Insight 15 Jul 2021

Following on from the 2021-22 Federal Budget announcement in May relating to additional licensing relief for Foreign Financial Service Providers (FFSPs), on Friday 9 July 2021, Treasury released a Consultation Paper titled 'Relief to Foreign Financial Service providers', which canvasses a range of potential options. This marks the next step in the long and winding FFSPs licensing relief saga. ...

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