Move to permanent reforms to the Corporations Act – electronic signatures, virtual meetings

The Federal Government has released the exposure draft of legislation (Exposure Draft) amending the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) to allow for technologically-assisted meetings and the long-awaited electronic execution of company documents. As noted in our previous article, the emergency reforms under Corporations (Coronavirus Economic Response) Determination (No. 3) 2020 expired on 21 March […]

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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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Successfully managing cyber security risks

In today’s world cyber security has never been more critical. Keeping your data secure has become increasingly complex, with hackers doing their best to stay one step ahead.  Now more than ever before, it is important that you address cyber security risks as a key priority for your organisation. For Privacy Awareness Week 2021, our […]

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Webinar | To pay or not to pay: The rise of ransomware in 2021

There has been a sharp rise in ransomware attacks through 2020 and 2021, with businesses impacted both domestically in Australia and across the globe. In this webinar, Dudley Kneller defines what is ransomware, outlines what an attack look like, cites recent examples and concludes with some tips and takeaways on how to reduce risk to […]

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When software delivers a therapeutic benefit: regulation of digital therapeutics

Digital therapeutics are defined as evidence-based therapeutic interventions that are driven by software programs to prevent, manage or treat a medical disorder or disease. As medical technological innovation continues at pace, more software applications and devices are under development to inform, drive or replace clinical decisions or directly provide therapy to a patient. The Therapeutic […]

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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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Webinar | Cyber Triple Breach Challenge – Forensics, comms, legal. Are you ready?

Cyber security should be a priority for every business, and this has never been more relevant than during the current COVID-19 disruptions.  Are you fully aware of the threats? What are they, how do you manage them, how do you respond to and recover from a cyber breach event? During this one hour webinar session, […]

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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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