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Trends in corporate crime and what you can expect in 2021
Insight 22 Feb 2021

We bring you an update on recent trends in the corporate crime space in Australia, with a focus on enforcement priorities and activities, proposed law reform and emerging risks in 2021 and beyond. ...

'Your Future, Your Super' reforms introduced to Parliament
Insight 19 Feb 2021

The Government has introduced the Treasury Laws Amendment (Your Future, Your Super) Bill 2021 into the House of Representatives. The Bill proposes a number of reforms which, in all likelihood, will significantly alter the shape of the industry. ...

Nucleus – corporate law developments: major FIRB law changes; ASIC extends relief for financial reporting and AGM requirements; and other corporate law developments
Insight 09 Feb 2021

Major foreign investment law changes; ASIC extends relief for financial reporting and AGM requirements and issues guidance on design and distribution laws; ASX issues guidance to address 'earning surprises'; ACCC releases first digital platform inquiry interim report; and WA Supreme Court hands down decision with implications for legal professional privilege in internal emails. ...

Overview of Australia's foreign investment approval (FIRB) regime
Insight 25 Jan 2021

Significant changes to Australia's foreign investment approval (FIRB) regime came into effect on 1 January 2021. Our FIRB experts have summarised the key information you need to know about how the new FIRB regime operates. ...

Proposed changes to Credit Risk Management Prudential Standard (APS220)
Insight 23 Dec 2020

In the absence of the Responsible Lending Obligations, lending by Australian banks will be regulated by APRA. This means the new Credit Risk Management Prudential Standard (APS220) will be the central legislative guidance in designing consumer assessment and lending protocols. ...

Government introduces the Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response No. 2) Bill 2020
Insight 23 Dec 2020

The Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response No. 2) Bill 2020 aims to implement the Hayne Royal Commission recommendations in relation to changes to ongoing advice fee arrangements, superannuation trustees passing on advice fees and requiring AFSL holders or authorised representatives (providing entity) to disclose a lack of independence when providing personal advice to retail clients. ...

ASIC publishes final version of Regulatory Guide on Design and Distribution Obligations
Insight 14 Dec 2020

An overview of how the final RG deals with a key questions raised by issuers and distributors for Design and Distribution Obligations. We look at issues relevant to all industries, and then some particular questions for banking, superannuation and investments, and insurance. ...

Australian foreign investment national security reforms – moneylending exemption survives, substantially intact
Insight 14 Dec 2020

As part of the national security reforms the Government had proposed to revoke the moneylending exemption in the case of security over a 'national security business'. This would have required foreign lenders to apply to the Foreign Investment Review Board for approval or exemption before undertaking routine loan participations. ...

Design and Distribution Obligations
Insight 14 Dec 2020

Design and Distribution Obligations (DDO) regime is one of the biggest things for the financial services industry in 2020, affecting almost every part of the industry. ...

Changes to Regulatory Guide 256
Insight 07 Dec 2020

ASIC has released a first-round consultation paper on proposed changes to Regulatory Guide 256: Client Review and Remediation Conducted by Advice Licensees. The proposed changes are substantial, and will apply to new entities including super fund trustees. ...

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