EU Standard Contractual Clauses – out with the old and in with the new!

On 4 June 2021, the European Commission (EC) released the highly anticipated new Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) for cross-border transfers of data under the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The SCCs are a vital tool to enable the compliant international transfer of personal data from the EEA. The new SCCs take into […]

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FMCG Express | May 2021 Edition

2021 certainly started with a bang; we are seeing a significant boost in appetite for advice right across our FMCG client base, including a lot of M&A activity, and we are excited to see how the year ahead unfolds. In the May 2021 edition of FMCG Express, editor Hazel McDwyer and the Gadens team provide […]

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Timely reminder for companies to lodge their financial reports

Recent prosecutions and convictions obtained by the corporate regulator serve as a timely reminder for companies of the importance of lodging financial reports. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) recently prosecuted and obtained convictions against three companies for failing to lodge annual financial reports with ASIC within the specified period after the end of […]

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Payment Times Reporting Scheme: understanding new mandatory reporting obligations for big business

The Australian Government has recently introduced the Payment Times Reporting Scheme under the Payment Times Reporting Act 2020 (Cth) (Scheme). Under the Scheme, which came into effect on 1 January 2021, large businesses and certain government enterprises are required to report certain information relating to the payment terms and practices that apply to their engagement […]

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ASIC provides ‘no action’ relief for conducting virtual meetings and delayed AGMs

After the Federal Government’s proposed legislation to extend the temporary relief for corporations to conduct virtual meetings stalled in the Parliament, we speculated in our recent update as to whether ASIC would issue a ‘no action’ position, electing not to take regulatory action against companies conducting virtual meetings despite requirements to do so in the […]

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COVID-19 | No extension to temporary reforms to permit electronic signing of company documents

In a blow for advocates of efficiency (both technological and practical), the temporary reforms under Corporations (Coronavirus Economic Response) Determination (No. 3) 2020 (Determination), which had permitted the conduct of virtual meetings, electronic execution of documents and split execution of documents under section 127 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act) expired on 21 March 2021. Unless, and until, a replacement relief […]

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ASIC’s new approach to regulatory investigations: the challenges and opportunities presented by Express Investigations

Under the banner of ‘when pilots become enduring practice’, ASIC Deputy Chair Karen Chester has announced that ASIC will supplement its traditional investigations processes with ‘Express Investigations’ (EI), ASIC’s new and preferred approach to enforcement. Corporate regulatory investigations are often legally and factually complex, high-stakes and process-heavy. Mountains of documents and witness evidence are commonplace. […]

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A New Year, a new beginning, and a new foreign investment regime

On 5 June 2020, the Treasurer announced major reforms to the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) (FATA). The reforms are intended to strengthen the foreign investment framework and ensure that the framework keeps pace with emerging national security risks and global developments. On 18 September 2020, the Federal Government released exposure draft legislation […]

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High Court adopts Exhaustion Doctrine for patent products, jettisoning the ‘implied licence doctrine’ in Australia

On 12 November 2020 the High Court delivered its much anticipated decision in Calidad Pty Ltd v Seiko Epson Corporation [2020] HCA (Calidad v Seiko). This decision is about patent rights and the extent to which they apply following the first sale of patented goods to a purchaser. When a patented product is first sold, […]

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If it walks like a duck… Telstra’s new payphones and what they mean for the streetscape

If it walks and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck… This is what the Full Court of the Federal Court decided in considering whether or not Telstra’s new payphone cabinets, which feature large digital billboards, constituted ‘low-impact facilities’ (which would be exempt from State and Territory planning laws).[1] Importance of decision The decision […]

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Doing Business in Australia

The revised 2020 edition of Gadens’ Doing Business in Australia guide provides foreign investors with an overview of the Australian business, economic and regulatory environment, and practical advice on how to go about setting up and doing business in Australia. The Australian Government welcomes foreign investment. With well-developed infrastructure, a stable political environment, a robust, […]

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FSR Wrap | November 2020

As we approach the end of the year, Gadens’ FSR Team presents an update for the financial services regulatory market. This edition of FSR Wrap provides a focus on ‘business as usual’ regulations of importance to Australian financial services companies. As we look to 2021 and the introduction of a raft of legislation that has […]

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