15 June 2021
ASIC’s consultation on regulator guidance closes as financial service and credit licensees prepare for Australia’s breach reporting reforms
In April of this year, we wrote about draft guidance released by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on the significant impending changes to Australia’s breach reporting regime.
26 April 2021
Regulator guidance the latest development in countdown to Australia’s breach reporting reforms
In December last year we wrote of the sweeping changes to Australia’s breach reporting regime that had been passed into legislation by Federal Parliament and would have significant implications for Australian financial services and credit licensees ( AFS Licensees and Credit Licensees respectively).
14 December 2020
SFC releases FAQs simplifying compliance with electronic data storage requirements – But is it really as simple as it looks?
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has released its long awaited FAQs regarding its 31 October 2019 circular on the use of external electronic data storage providers (EDSP Circular). While there are some aspects of the FAQs which we anticipate will create practical challenges and...
27 July 2020
Amendments to Queensland’s security of payment regime
Amendments to Queensland’s Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017 ( BIF Act ) have now passed, simplifying the project bank account framework and amending the rights and obligations of all parties involved in construction contracts in Queensland.
21 July 2020
Using big data to fight financial crime
In a regulatory environment which demands ever higher standards for anti-money laundering ( AML ) compliance, many financial institutions have responded by significantly increasing headcount in their AML functions, often at significant cost. However, an investment in headcount alone may not yield...
21 July 2020
Regulators lead businesses in monitoring of misconduct
As regulators and law enforcement increasingly rely on advanced data analytics for monitoring and surveillance, the risk is growing that they will detect misconduct by employees and customers that has gone undetected by a company’s own internal systems.
29 May 2020
HKMA publishes report on bank culture self-assessment
On 22 May 2020, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority ( HKMA ) published a report on its review of self-assessments on bank culture. This is part of the HKMA’s bank culture reform supervisory measures, where 30 authorised institutions ( AIs ) were selected in the initial phase to conduct self-...
24 January 2020
Financial Accountability Regime to introduce obligations on RSE licensees and insurers
Reforms proposed by the Government this week will impose significant obligations on registrable superannuation entity licensees and insurers. These reforms will also have implications for banks that are already subject to the Banking Executive Accountability Regime ( BEAR ).
20 December 2019
Online harms and online safety: Is greater harmonisation on the horizon for Australia?
On 11 December 2019, the Government released a discussion paper on a proposed Online Safety Act (the Proposal ) for consultation. The Proposal comes only months after the adoption of the Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Act 2019 (Cth) (better known as the social media...
18 December 2019
Responsible lending: ASIC publishes significant new guidance aimed at helping credit providers apply the law in practice
Consumer credit providers in Australia have been eagerly awaiting ASIC’s updated regulatory guide on the responsible lending laws ( RG 209 ), which landed on 9 December 2019 and is another significant development in the understanding of these laws.
12 November 2019
Casting the regulatory net over virtual assets – SFC finalises new regulatory framework for virtual asset trading platforms
On 6 November 2019, the Security and Futures Commission ( SFC ) issued a position paper setting out a new regulatory framework for the licensing of centralised virtual asset trading platforms, following the SFC’s conceptual framework issued last year.
20 May 2022
Issues in Contentious Insolvency Webinar Series
Liquidators are appointed whenever a company is wound up. Banks and other financial institutions often need to deal with liquidators. These interactions can range from (and can turn from) run-of-the-mill document/information requests, to something more contentious, high-profile and high-stake:...
19 May 2022
Do companies have a moral duty to self report to the SFO?
Although Amec Foster Wheeler’s corporate bribery settlement has not introduced any legal obligation to self-report wrongdoing to the Serious Fraud Office, the judgment does encourage companies to seriously consider their moral and ethical duties when deciding whether to do so, argue Herbert Smith...
18 May 2022
Australian Federal Election Workplace and Industrial Relations Survey: Back to the future?
In the lead up to the 2022 Australian Federal Election, our national team ran a series of feedback sessions and surveyed our national clients. The results of our 2022 Federal Election Workplace and Industrial Relations Survey are in.
12 May 2022
Half way to COP27: Are governments delivering on their climate promises?
We are excited to launch our latest report, Halfway to COP27 – a review of governments' ambitions and promises in respect of climate change, six months after the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly referred to as COP26, brought together 120 world leaders to discuss the issue.
10 May 2022
Corporate Governance snapshot: New rules on diversity-related disclosures for listed companies
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published its policy statement and new rules which require listed companies to make disclosures in relation to gender and ethnic diversity at board and executive management level for financial years beginning on or after 1 April 2022.