Financial Services Royal Commission – where to after the federal election

Prior to the federal election held on 18 May 2019, there was frenetic discussion and debate over the 76 recommendations made by Commissioner Hayne AC QC in his final report from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Service Industry. Both major political parties promised reform, however, the extent of industry […]

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Linc Energy: Special leave refused by High Court

In the final instalment of the Linc Energy Case,[1] the High Court has refused to grant the Queensland State Government special leave to appeal a decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal with respect to the liability of liquidators to comply with an environmental protection order (EPO). Background The litigation has been ongoing since 2016 […]

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High Court decision validates Holding Deeds of Company Arrangement

In Australia of Mighty River International Limited v Hughes, Mighty River International Limited v Mineral Resources Limited [2018] HCA 38, the High Court considered whether a Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA) contravened Part 5.3A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act). In particular, the High Court considered whether what is commonly described as a […]

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Relation back day changes

Section 588FE and 588FF of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act) operate to make certain transactions by a company voidable within a prescribed period prior to the company entering liquidation/voluntary administration. The relation back day is the date by which the prescribed period begins whereby transactions entered into by the company may be considered void. […]

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