Month: September 2020


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 https://modernslaveryregister.gov.au/.  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