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Stricter controls over e-payment businesses in Vietnam
Insight 10 Dec 2019

In response to the rapid growth of the e-payment market in Vietnam, the State Bank of Vietnam (the SBV) has reviewed the legal framework regulating the sector and proposed some important changes. In this Insight, we set out the key amendments the SBV has already issued – as well as those in the pipeline – and their potential impact on the intermediary payment services market. ...

Take Two: anti-bribery reforms revived and long-awaited draft regulatory guidance released
Insight 04 Dec 2019

The Australian Government has tabled the Crimes Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 (the 2019 Bill) in the Senate, and the Attorney-General's Department has released Draft Guidance on the steps a body corporate can take to prevent an associate from bribing foreign public officials for public consultation (the Draft Guidance). Like the 2017 version of the Bill that lapsed earlier this year (the 2017 Bill), if passed, the 2019 Bill will strengthen Australia's foreign bribery laws, including by introducing a new corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery by an associate, and will introduce a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) scheme for resolving serious corporate criminal matters. Partner Rachel Nicolson, Senior Associate Andrew Wilcock and Associate Lewis Winter report on the key differences between the 2017 and 2019 Bills, and the content of the Draft Guidance. ...

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. ...

If in doubt, get the whitewash out
Insight 11 Oct 2019

The High Court's first decision on the financial assistance prohibition in section 260A of the Corporations Act supports a conservative approach to the prohibition, and in particular highlights the ...

ASIC Corporate Governance Taskforce Report
Insight 04 Oct 2019

ASIC has released its first report focusing on director and officer oversight of non-financial risk in seven large financial services companies (the First Report). While the report focuses on financial services companies, ASIC points out expressly that all companies, regardless of sector, should read and engage with the findings of this report. ...

No safe harbours for mortgage brokers in latest reforms
Insight 27 Aug 2019

Partner Partner Hot on the heels of its Implementation Roadmap, the Federal Government has released draft legislation introducing a best interests duty and banning conflicted remuneration for mortgage brokers. This affects not only ...

Treasurer's 'Roadmap' more a reminder than an explainer
Insight 19 Aug 2019

Partner The Treasurer, the Honourable Josh Frydenberg, released the Government's 'Implementation Roadmap' today to 'provide clarity and certainty' about the Government's ongoing work to implement the recommendations of the Royal ...

Does that raise a question of the criminal law?
Insight 15 Aug 2019

During Royal Commission hearings last year, Commissioner Hayne ominously asked one witness: Does that raise a question of the criminal law? We examine this question, which is one that financial ...

Right here, right now; the CDR regime is live
Insight 02 Aug 2019

The Federal Government has finally passed the Treasury Laws Amendment (Consumer Data Right) Act 2019 (the CDR Act ) through Parliament. This follows the Government's first attempt to introduce draf ...

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