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Transactions Team of the Year

Congratulations to the Kain Corporate team who were finalists in the Australian Law Awards ‘Transactions Team of the Year’ 2019. It has been a very busy couple of years for our transactions team, working on countless complex deals in public and private markets and it is pleasing to have the entire firm’s hard work publically… Read more


Corporate Whistle-blowers protected

With the federal government’s renewed focus on ‘corporate culture’ in the wake of the banking royal commission, increased whistleblower protections have taken effect from 1 July 2019. This means that whistleblowers who report misconduct about companies and company officers have stronger rights and protections under the Corporations Act 2001. What are the key changes? The… Read more


Corporate Misconduct and Your Bottom Line

As discussed in our previous blog, on the back of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (‘Royal Commission’) ASIC has made it clear that it will be using the full range of enforcement tools available to them to ensure compliance with Corporations Act obligations and to restore the… Read more


Uganda Bound

Kain Lawyers exists to create opportunities for our clients, our team and the community. Our community work is focussed on children and youth who may otherwise fall through the cracks and supports the projects endorsed by the Kain Foundation. One of these projects is the Uganda Project. Each year three of the Kain team head to visit… Read more


Freya Sinickas Promotion

We are proud to announce the promotion of lawyer Freya Sinickas to Associate Director. At Kain Lawyers retaining and developing talented team members is integral to the growth of our business. We develop our team members as technical leaders in their field but also as leaders in our iCARE values. Freya’s promotion is a reflection of… Read more


Conduct that’s not so Unconscionable?

On Wednesday the High Court found against the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in its unconscionable conduct claim against APY lands general store owner Lindsay Kobelt. A brief history of the matter and the ‘book-up’ system. The ‘book-up’ system, used by Kobelt’s store, dates back to the 1940s and is a common practice among… Read more


Why not litigate?

‘Why not litigate’? This was the message from the ASIC Commissioners at the ASIC Annual Forum 2019 held in Sydney last week. On the back of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (‘Royal Commission’) ASIC made it clear that while still utilising the full range of enforcement tools… Read more


Increased penalties under the Privacy Act

On 25 March 2019, the Federal Government announced plans to increase penalties for breaches of Australia’s privacy laws. Legislation is being drafted for consultation in the second half of 2019. Although targeted at social media platforms, the new increased penalties will affect all entities required to comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (‘Privacy Act’).… Read more


New Year – new laws for financial planners

If you are an Australian financial services (‘AFS’) licensee (or for that matter an authorised representative, employee or director of an AFS licensee) (‘Relevant Persons’) you may want to consider making compliance with the new financial services laws requirements your new year’s resolution! The Relevant Persons of AFS licensees who provide personal advice to retail… Read more


Pro Bono is just one way SA law firms are giving back to the community

Kain Lawyers exists to create opportunities for our clients, our team the community. For our community we create opportunities for children and youth who may otherwise fall through the cracks. We do this through our work with the Kain Foundation projects with The Smith Family and Northern Opportunities. As part of the Legal Liftout the Advertiser… Read more