Defamation – what is required to establish ‘serious harm’?

The Federal Court of Australia recently handed down a decision in Selkirk v Hocking (No 2)[1] shedding light on the serious harm element of the cause of action for defamation. Background In November 2019, Ms Selkirk was convicted of multiple counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception by using falsified receipts to return goods […]

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Regulatory action for greenwashing is upon us

Last week, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) commenced civil penalty proceedings for alleged greenwashing against Mercer Superannuation (Australia) Limited (Mercer). This is in addition to ASIC having issued penalty notices to at least four companies for alleged greenwashing, since October 2022. Last year, ASIC identified investigating greenwashing and taking enforcement action where greenwashing […]

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Doing business in Australia

The Gadens Doing business in Australia guide provides foreign investors with an overview of the Australian business, economic and regulatory environment, as well as practical advice on how to go about setting up and doing business in Australia. Australia is an ideal investment location for foreign companies looking to grow internationally, benefitting from well-developed infrastructure, […]

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Easing of continuous disclosure obligations made permanent by the Federal Government

On Tuesday 10 August 2021, the Australian Parliament enacted changes to company continuous disclosure laws under Schedule 2 of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No 1) Act 2021 (Amending Act). Schedule 2 to the Amending Act was originally given life by: Treasurer Frydenberg’s introduction of the Corporations (Coronavirus Economic Response) Determination (No. 2) 2020, […]

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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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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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COVID-19 | Changes to foreign investment framework

What has happened? On Sunday, 29 March 2020, amid fears that the coronavirus associated downturn will result in foreign entities preying upon distressed Australian businesses, the Treasurer announced that the threshold amounts which apply in determining whether particular foreign investments are subject to Australia’s foreign investment framework are now $0. Does this affect my deals […]

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