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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Corporate Crime) Bill 2019 (the 2019 Bill) in the Senate, and the Attorney-General's Department has released Draft Guidance on the steps a body corporate can take to prevent an associate from bribing foreign public officials for public consultation (the Draft Guidance).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and Associate Lewis Winter report on the key differences between the 2017 and 2019 Bills, and the content of the Draft Guidance. ...

Singapore Convention on Mediation: a step towards easier enforcement of international settlements
Insight 11 Jul 2019

On 7 August 2019, the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements resulting from Mediation (the Convention) will be open for signature.  It will come into force six months after three countries have signed, with Singapore expected to be the first State to do so. ...

English law developments on parent liability for local impacts - the Vedanta Resources decision
Insight 15 Apr 2019

On 10 April 2019 the English Supreme Court ruled that nearly 2000 members of rural farming communities in Zambia can bring proceedings in the English courts against the UK-incorporated Vedanta Resources Plc Vedanta The claims relate to the copper mining operations of one of Vedantas subsidiaries ...

Climate change reporting - heating up in 2019
Insight 29 Mar 2019

The need for companies to manage and report on climate-change risks is gaining momentum in Australia This is part of a global trend as investors and governing bodies increasingly expect companies to integrate climate risks into their strategy and reporting - yet tools for monitoring and disclosing ...

Australia and Indonesia sign bilateral free trade agreement - what it means for you
Insight 21 Mar 2019

After eight years of negotiation Australia and Indonesia have signed a bilateral free trade agreement that both reduces tariff and non-tariff barriers for trade and investment and simplifies various regulatory requirements The loosening of regulations regarding key Australian services exports and ...

Major new corporate and financial sector penalties - what they mean for you
Insight 22 Feb 2019

New legislation that greatly increases penalties for corporate and financial sector misconduct will have wide-ranging and significant effects Partner Alex Mason Managing Associate Chris Kerrigan and Associate Rachele Troup report ...

Climate change reporting - heating up in 2019
Insight 19 Feb 2019

The need for companies to manage and report on climate-change risks is gaining momentum in Australia This is part of a global trend as investors and governing bodies increasingly expect companies to integrate climate risks into their strategy and reporting - yet tools for monitoring and disclosing ...

State of trade - the regulatory impacts on your business in 2019
Insight 12 Feb 2019

If last year was anything to go by managing trade-related risk has never been more important to your business In 2018 we saw significant growth in regulatory actions undertaken globally in reliance on trade law with trade barriers at the forefront of both domestic and international policy-making ...

Modern Slavery Bill passed - how can your business prepare?
Insight 03 Dec 2018

As the Federal Modern Slavery Bill has passed Parliament Australian entities or entities carrying on a business in Australia with at least 100 million global consolidated revenue will be required to submit an annual modern slavery statement on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and ...

International Arbitration - Australian courts' power to grant interim freezing orders
Insight 02 Nov 2018

The WA Court of Appeal has taken an expansive view of the power that Australian courts have to grant interim orders in support of international arbitrations Specifically it has confirmed that their power to grant interim freezing orders is not limited to orders that extend only until the arbitral ...

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