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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. ...

Major FIRB reforms to commence on 1 January 2021
Insight 14 Dec 2020

The Australian Government has finalised and released legislation to make major changes to Australia's foreign investment laws – commonly known as the 'FIRB regime' – with effect from 1 January 2021. This Insight summarises the key changes to the FIRB regime. ...

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. ...

Proposed updates to security of critical infrastructure legislation
Insight 17 Nov 2020

As part of a broader strategy to strengthen the security of Australia's infrastructure, particularly cybersecurity , the Government has released exposure drafts of its Security Legislation Amendmen ...

Summary of proposed reforms to FIRB regime – Tranche 2 Regulations
Insight 28 Sep 2020

On 18 September 2020 the Federal Government released exposure drafts of the 'Tranche 2 Regulations' to amend Australia's foreign investment laws. This follows the release on 31 July 2020 of the ...

Major proposed changes to FIRB regime from 1 January 2021: release of exposure draft of amending legislation – national security test
Insight 13 Aug 2020

On 31 July 2020 the Federal Government released exposure drafts of legislation to amend Australia's foreign investment laws to include a new national security test and make various other changes. This insight examines the new national security test, with the other changes to be covered in follow on ...

EU Commission publishes AIFMD report – what does this mean for Australian wholesale fund managers?
Insight 10 Jul 2020

The European Commission has finally published its report on AIFMD and, in doing so, considered the impact of AIFMD on AIFMs, AIFs and investors. The report is short, but gives some insight into how the key features of AIFMD have worked and the effect this has had on the market. ...

Major proposed changes to FIRB regime
Insight 05 Jun 2020

On 5 June 2020 the Federal Treasurer announced major proposed changes to Australia's FIRB regime to address national security risks and ensure greater compliance with FIRB approval conditions. ...

Allens视界– 新冠病毒(COVID-19)促使FIRB体制发生重大变化
Insight 01 Apr 2020

2020年3月29日,澳大利亚联邦政府财政部长宣布对澳大利亚的外国投资审查批准(FIRB)体制进行重大修改,以应对由新型冠状病毒(COVID-19)爆发引起的风险。这些修改虽然是暂时的,但大幅度地扩展了需要获得FIRB批准的交易范围,并大大延长了FIRB申请的审查期限。 ...

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