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18 March 2020
COVID-19 People: Short guide for employers (Australia)
The COVID-19 virus is new, rapidly evolving and having a major impact on workplaces. The virus is giving rise to multitude of employment and safety-related questions in a context which has not previously been contemplated, on topics ranging from an employer’s payment obligations and dealing with...
24 June 2019
MAS extends AML/CFT requirements to Payment Service Providers
On 6 June 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore ( MAS ) issued a Consultation Paper on proposed anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism ( AML/CFT ) requirements which will apply to most payment service providers ( PS Providers ). Submissions close on 5 July 2019. The...
22 June 2017
MAS consults on draft regulations pursuant to the Securities and Futures Act
The Monetary Authority of Singapore ( MAS ) recently published two consultation papers on 28 April 2017 and 26 May 2017 (together, the Consultation Papers ) to consult on draft regulations supporting the implementation of legislative amendments introduced by the Securities and Futures (Amendment)...
06 January 2017
SFC ISSUES FURTHER GUIDANCE ON SUITABILITY OBLIGATIONS – THE CORNERSTONE OF INVESTOR PROTECTION
As foreshadowed in the Consultation Conclusions on the Proposed Amendments to the Professional Investor Regime and Further Consultation on the Client Agreement Requirements issued by the Securities and Futures Commission ( SFC ) on 25 September 2014, the SFC has conducted a detailed study (...
23 June 2021
Webinar: Anti-Racism and Inclusive Leadership with John Amaechi OBE
Many organisations have made important strides over the past year to challenge racism, both in the workplace and in other walks of life. Yet, there is clearly a long way to go before we reach a turning point in addressing systemic racism.
15 June 2021
ESG issues in the consumer sector: managing class action and regulatory risks
Investors, consumers and other stakeholders increasingly want to hear from consumer sector companies concerning the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts of their businesses. However, as more companies begin sharing the positive ESG stories behind their businesses and brands in...
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In April of this year, we wrote about draft guidance released by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on the significant impending changes to Australia’s breach reporting regime.
11 June 2021
Bank of England launches Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario
On Tuesday 8 June, the Bank of England launched its Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario ( BES ), a stress-testing exercise on the financial risks from climate change. While the regulator's rhetoric may sound like a call to arms, the BES hopes to understand the issues the financial system faces to...
11 June 2021
Not all’s “fair dealing” in war and Greenpeace: Federal Court confirms limits of the “parody or satire” exception to copyright infringement
The Federal Court’s decision in AGL v Greenpeace 1 confirms that using a corporate logo in activist or protest materials may be permissible under both copyright and trade mark law, but only where that use constitutes a “fair dealing” for the genuine purpose of “parody or satire”. Not all such uses...
10 June 2021
Tech disputes series
In a world that's increasingly dependent on technology, organisations are under increasing pressure to stay competitive and create connected experiences. To meet these rising demands, organisations are accelerating their digital transformation and in turn giving rise to complex, multi-...
10 June 2021
Revolution or evolution? Technology and the changing dispute resolution landscape
Digital transformation is causing the dispute resolution landscape to change and evolve rapidly. Our tech disputes experts explore the key changes and the effect that these are having on the way in which we can minimise exposure and navigate the new environment to successfully resolve disputes.
09 June 2021
Launch event: Law Commission review of the law relating to corporate criminal liability
On 9 June 2021 at 4.30pm, our Corporate Crime and Investigations team will be hosting an event where the Law Commission will launch its review of the law relating to corporate criminal liability in England and Wales.
08 June 2021
The Future of Consumer – 2021 APAC predictions
2020 presented a number of significant challenges with Covid-19 accelerating some of the existing trends in the consumer sector – and we expect to see these issues driving some real turning points in 2021, as our Asia-Pacific Consumer team will explore in this series. Trust continues to be a major...
07 June 2021
Corporate Governance snapshot: Fundamental audit and corporate governance reforms proposed by UK government
In April 2021, the UK government published its long awaited consultation paper on audit and governance reform, Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance . If implemented, the proposals would lead to considerable changes to the way that companies approach their financial reporting, requiring...
07 June 2021
African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) – The Next Leap for Africa?
We are delighted to share a recording of the panel discussion which Herbert Smith Freehills and Singular Group co-hosted on 28 May 2021 regarding the role the AfCFTA can play in the development of the African continent and the opportunities for businesses and investors.