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Federal Budget 2021-22 – Superannuation
Insight 12 May 2021

Super fund trustees will likely breathe a sigh of relief that there are no new significant reforms to the superannuation system on the Government's budget agenda. ...

Surprising 2021-22 Budget backflip leaves the new Foreign Financial Services Provider regime in limbo
Insight 12 May 2021

The Government's Budget announcement has come as a surprise for Foreign Financial Services Providers (FFSPs) in 2021-22 Federal Budget. ...

Key developments for APRA-regulated entities in managing climate risks
Insight 11 May 2021

Recently released guidance from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and two new barrister opinions re-emphasise the need for banks, superannuation trustees, insurers, and other organisations, to respond to, and appropriately manage, financial risks associated with climate change. ...

Are you ready for the new breach reporting regime?
Insight 30 Apr 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 ...

Allocating FIRB completion risk in public M&A deals
Insight 22 Apr 2021

One of the issues a target board will need to consider when assessing a takeover by a foreign bidder is the mitigation of FIRB completion risk in the transaction, and the appropriate allocation of any residual risk between the bidder and the target. This is particularly an issue where the target's business includes critical infrastructure or raises national security issues. ...

Nucleus – corporate law developments: ASIC 'no action' position on virtual meetings; legislative clarification on the definition of casual employee; and other updates
Insight 21 Apr 2021

ASIC takes 'no action' position on virtual meetings but no such luck for electronic signatures; Fair Work Act amendments clarify the definition of casual employment; ASX Listing Rule amendments to commence from 5 June 2021; ASX updates Guidance Note 19: Performance Securities; Takeovers Panel remakes procedural rules; APRA provides guidance to ADIs on the use of indemnities in divestment transactions. ...

Less than one year before the new foreign financial services providers regime begins
Insight 14 Apr 2021

The key changes to the existing foreign financial services regime are the repeal of 'Sufficient Equivalence Relief' and 'Limited Connection Relief'. It's time for FFSPs to think about what your options are and what actions need to be taken to be ready for the new regime. ...

Vietnam merger control guide
Insight 01 Apr 2021

Vietnam's new merger control regime took effect from 15 May 202. The new regime substantially expands the scope of transactions subject to the merger filing requirement and thereby captures more M&A transactions in Vietnam offshore.  ...

Proposed new responsible lending laws pass the House of Representatives
Insight 24 Mar 2021

On Monday 15 March 2021, the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Supporting Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 passed the House of Representatives, and was introduced in the Senate the following day. This followed the release of the Senate Economics Legislation Committee Report on the Bill. ...

'Remediation' as a legal term
Insight 24 Mar 2021

ASIC's recent consultation paper (CP335) on proposed changes to its remediation guidance (RG256) may have created further space between what is legally required of remediations and what ASIC may expect of them. ...

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