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Product safety priorities — the ACCC's focus for 2020
Insight 30 Mar 2020

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is planning to prioritise five key product safety issues fitting broadly within the categories of the Takata airbag recall, safety risks for infants and children, and e-commerce. We report on what is planned for 2020. ...

Responding to COVID-19: your questions answered
Insight 30 Mar 2020

In light of the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), many businesses are confronted with questions about the legal and regulatory implications. Our clients in Australia are assessing (as are ...

Industry cooperation and collaboration during a pandemic; ACCC merger reviews; and obligations regarding cancelled orders and events
Insight 24 Mar 2020

Industry collaboration in a time of coronavirus; ACCC grants urgent interim authorisations to banks and supermarkets to cooperate during pandemic; COVID-19's impact on the speed of ACCC merger reviews and the issues the ACCC will consider in distressed sales; your obligations regarding cancelled events and orders; promoting goods and services during the pandemic; and the ACCC's Scamwatch on high alert. ...

ASIC's New Document Production Guidelines
Insight 12 Mar 2020

ASIC has released its new Document Production Guidelines, which govern how it expects electronic and hard copy records to be produced in response to compulsory notices. ...

COVID-19 and continuous disclosure: how you get ready
Insight 10 Mar 2020

It is critical that listed entities understand how COVID-19 is likely to impact their businesses and are prepared to make necessary disclosures to the ASX. To date, the majority of ASX-listed entities have not made any disclosure in relation to COVID-19. In this update we have set out a number of scenarios that should be considered by listed clients as part of the proper and ongoing assessment of the need for disclosure under the ASX Listing Rules. ...

ACCC's 2020 enforcement priorities; Vodafone/TPG merger to proceed; and ACCC to investigate digital advertising
Insight 09 Mar 2020

The ACCC releases its enforcement priorities for 2020; the Federal Court clears a merger between Vodafone Hutchison Australia and TPG Telecom; ACCC starts an inquiry into the supply of digital advertising technology and agency services; ACCC consults on divestment undertaking in CUB / Asahi deal; Weldclass' RPM notification raises ACCC concerns; and two proposed mergers in the paper industries receive the regulator's blessing. ...

PE Horizons 2020
Insight 06 Mar 2020

Record levels of capital and a turning market for Australia. It's a new decade for private equity (PE) in Australia. After a drop in activity in 2019, we expect both buyside and exit activity levels to pick up considerably in 2020. ...

ACCC 2020 Enforcement Priorities
Insight 26 Feb 2020

A number of industries and issues are in the spotlight following release of the ACCC's 2020 Enforcement and Compliance Priorities by Chairman Rod Sims on 25 February. ...

Australia's foreign investment approval (FIRB) regime: what you need to know
Insight 25 Feb 2020

Allens' foreign investment law experts have summarised the key information you need to know about Australia's FIRB regime, including key FIRB regulatory developments such as changes to the monetary screening thresholds and application fees. ...

Consumer Data Right Rules – what do the changes mean for you?
Insight 21 Feb 2020

As part of the CDR rollout, as of 6 February 2020 the Big 4 banks are now required to disclose certain types of product data following a request, with the first types of consumer data to be shared from 1 July 2020. ...

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