Year: 2020

October Deadline Looms For Your Franchise Disclosure Document

Updating Disclosure Document For franchisors that operate on a standard financial year (that is, June to July), it is time to review your Disclosure Document and to update that document to reflect any changes that occurred in the last financial year. Under the Competition and Consumer Act (Industry Codes-Franchising) Regulation 2014 (Cth) (the ‘Code’), a… Read more

A partial reprieve for stub equity in takeovers and schemes

On 22 September 2020, ASIC released the ASIC Corporations (Stub Equity in Control Transactions) Instrument 2020/734, following a long-running consultation process in relation to the use of stub equity in control transactions (such as takeovers and schemes of arrangement). ASIC had initially proposed to make major changes to these rules, but these changes were strongly… Read more

ACCC COVID-19 Enforcement Priorities

At the beginning of each year, in February, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (‘ACCC’) releases its Compliance and Enforcement Priorities. Unusually, but due to the impact of COVID-19 and the measures introduced by Australian State and Federal Governments, the ACCC has recently announced adjustments to those enforcement priorities taking into account those measures and… Read more

Treasurer pushes forward with foreign investment reforms

The Australian Government has released the first tranche of draft regulation for its proposed reforms to Australia’s foreign investment regime, due to come into effect from 1 January 2021, and recently completed a consultation process on this first tranche of draft regulations. The second tranche of exposure draft regulations are due to be released later… Read more

Joining the IPO pipeline – recent lessons for listing in a pandemic

If you’re sitting in your dining room in Melbourne, home schooling your children, working with your team remotely and watching the rest of the country carry on regardless, you may be wondering whether the majority of Australians quite understand that there is a pandemic playing out.  With the economy struggling, institutional investors with obligations to… Read more

ASIC reduces IPO technical compliance burdens

ASIC has recently implemented a raft of measures aimed at reducing the compliance burden for issuers undertaking an initial public offering (‘IPO’), while ensuring investor protection and market integrity are not compromised.

Safe Harbour – COVID Relief Extended

As discussed in our previous blog, in March, the Federal Government put in place temporary relief measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which included some relief for personal liability for insolvent trading. These COVID-19 relief measures apply in addition to the existing safe harbour protection introduced in 2017 but were due to cease on… Read more

New Online Register Of Modern Slavery Statements

The Australian federal Government has now launched an online register (‘Register’) which houses modern slavery statements (‘Statements’) and is administered by the Australian Border Force.  See  What is modern slavery? Modern slavery describes situations where offenders use coercion, threats or deception to exploit vulnerable victims and undermine freedom.  Examples of modern slavery include human… Read more

The Illusion of Permanence

A Roman attending the Colosseum 2,000 years ago could be forgiven for thinking that the Roman Empire would last forever.  And so to, 2,000 years before the Roman Empire, a tributary visiting the fabled Palace of Sargon may have believed that the Assyrian Empire would last forever. For all of us, our views and expectations… Read more