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Trustee insolvency - the High Court has cleared up the confusion, or at least some of it - where are we now?
Insight 19 Jul 2019

A recent High Court case has brought very welcome clarity to questions that have long bedevilled the insolvency of corporate trustees. We explain the decision and its ramifications. ...

APRA consults on Hayne recommendation concerning end-to-end product responsibility – the right tool for the job?
Insight 18 Jul 2019

APRA has announced a consultation on a proposal to create a new 'end-to-end product' responsibility within the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR). The intention is that for every product offered by a bank and its subsidiaries, ...

What you need to know about the draft Equator Principles 4
Insight 11 Jul 2019

Lenders (and project sponsors) should consider the potential impact of changes proposed in the consultation draft of Equator Principles 4. These entail greater focus on climate change, human rights and social risk, including new ...

Would you like financial services with your social network? Facebook consortium to launch new cryptocurrency
Insight 09 Jul 2019

In a bold new play, a consortium led by social media giant Facebook has announced plans to enter the financial services sector through the launch of a cryptocurrency called Libra. Both a currency and a blockchain backed payment system, the ...

What's next for impact investing in Australia?
Insight 11 Jun 2019

The Australian impact investing market has grown considerably in recent years. This growth has largely been attributed to a surge of impact investments that focus on environmental, rather than social, outcomes, which is in contrast to ...

AFCA: The first six months - and the year ahead
Insight 17 Apr 2019

Written by Partner Andrew Maher, Senior Associate Ingrid Weinberg and Lawyer Zoe Chapman The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), the new 'one-stop-shop' for resolving financial complaints, has had a very busy first six months ...

Considering Robo-advice
Insight 17 Apr 2019

Written by Partner Simun Soljo and Senior Associate George Blades Introduction 'Robo-advice' is emerging as an important way of providing financial product advice, particularly as the advice industry continues its post-Royal Commission ...

Design and distribution obligations - products caught (or excluded)
Insight 17 Apr 2019

Written by Senior Regulatory Counsel Michael Mathieson Four and a half years after the FSI recommended a 'targeted and principles-based design and distribution obligation', the Design and Distribution Obligations and Product Intervention ...

ACCC releases draft Consumer Data Right Rules for consultation
Insight 15 Apr 2019

In preparation for the implementation of the first phase of the Consumer Data Right ( CDR ) on 1 July 2019, the ACCC has released draft CDR Rules for consultation. The draft rules detail how the CD ...

Allens Extra: Australia - Fund Finance 2019, 3rd Edition
Insight 27 Mar 2019

By Partner Tom Highnam , Managing Associate Rita Pang , and Associate Luke Leybourne.  Fund financing activities in Australia remained very active in 2018, with continued focus on infrastructure, private equity funds and private debt funds ...

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