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Nucleus – corporate law developments: virtual meetings and e-signing lead a raft of changes coming in 2022
Insight 23 Dec 2021

After an extremely busy end to the year, we are pleased to present our snapshot of corporate law developments to the end of 2021. We wish you all the very best for the Christmas and New Year break, and look forward to bringing you further developments through Nucleus in 2022. ...

Government sets out agenda for big changes to regulation of payments and digital assets
Insight 13 Dec 2021

The Government's response paper — 'Transforming Australia's Payments System' — addresses the recent Review of the Australian Payments System, the report of the Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre and the Parliamentary Joint Committee Corporations and Financial Services Report on Mobile Payment and Digital Wallet Financial Services. ...

In Touch: Highest total penalty amount ever imposed under ACL; and other developments
Insight 10 Dec 2021

NAB acquisition of Citigroup Australia Pty Limited’s Aust consumer business; Turnitin LLC's acquisition of Ouriginal Group AB; Techtronic Industries Australia; JBS acquisition of Rivalea Holdings and Oxdale Dairy Enterprise; Compass Matin; Australian Institute of Professional Education Pty Ltd ...

In Touch: Meta cleared to acquire Kustomer; and other developments
Insight 24 Nov 2021

Mereenie gas field joint marketing; Meta's acquisition of Kustomer; Alkaloids of Australia pleads guilty to criminal cartel charges; no appeal for Volkswagen; Please Hold agrees to amend contracts; Bare Cremation pays penalty for allegedly misleading consumers ...

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. ...

Carbon trading platforms – what's happening in Australia's rapidly growing market?
Insight 18 Nov 2021

Demand for Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) and other carbon credits, continues to surge domestically. To date, carbon credits trades in Australia typically involve the purchaser and seller entering into carbon credit offtake agreements, which can entail complexity and cost. ...

Linklaters Insights: Booming foreign investment in data centres faces regulatory heat
Insight 17 Nov 2021

Data centres, the warehouses underpinning the digital aspects of our working and home lives, have become red hot assets, with investors piling into the sector – and regulators in the West signalling their readiness to closely scrutinise foreign investment (FI). ...

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. ...

In Touch: 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). ...

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