24 October 2019
ACT Renewable Energy Reverse Auction
Following on from the four reverse auctions held between 2012 to 2016, the ACT Government has announced a new renewable energy reverse auction (the Reverse Auction ) to “safeguard the delivery of sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2020 from within the ACT or across the National Electricity...
20 March 2019
Developing Green Hydrogen projects
In the lead up to this year’s federal election, both of Australia’s major political parties have released announcements regarding the establishment of an Australian hydrogen industry. A key focus of these announcements is the commitment to investing in ‘green’ hydrogen technologies, which through a...
12 February 2018
Syndicated facilities institute obtains legislative acknowledgement in Russia
On 31 December 2017 the President of the Russian Federation signed one of the laws which has been most discussed by the Russian banking and legal communities – Federal Law No. 486-FZ "On a syndicated facility (loan) and amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation" (the " Law...
24 January 2018
China's Belt and Road Initiative: Projects pave the way
Unveiled in 2013, China's Belt and Road Initiative is a massive stimulus for infrastructure development across over 60 countries. In this article, Hilary Lau, Monica Sun and Jie Li from our Greater China offices provide an overview of the initiative to date.
06 December 2017
Queensland Election: What happens to the Sunshine State’s renewable energy projects?
A second term Palaszczuk Labor government purports to remain committed to renewable energy development in Queensland and is likely to face limited opposition from independent and minor party members, conditional upon renewables assisting in reducing the cost of energy. Uncertainty surrounding the...
20 November 2017
Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) Auction Scheme now taking bids
In response to Victoria becoming the first state to legislate for its renewable energy targets, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target 2017 Reverse Auction (the Reverse Auction ), will award commercial contracts which enable up to 650 megawatts ( MW ) of large-scale renewable energy generation (with...
06 October 2017
Reform of French Securitisation Law and Creation of Specialised Financing Vehicles
The reform of the French securitisation legislation announced by the Government throughout the implementation of 'Sapin 2 Law' has been published on 5 October 2017. This reform is coupled with the introduction into French law of specialized financing vehicles and a new reform of the banking...
31 August 2017
Addenda: Further details on the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme released
The Victorian Government has released further information regarding the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme ( VREAS ), confirming that the VREAS will be a key strategy contributing to the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets ( VRET ) legislated in the Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Bill...
08 June 2017
Renewable Energy Package for Queensland presents further investment opportunities
On 5 June 2017, the Queensland Government announced the $1.16 billion ‘Powering Queensland Plan’ ( Plan ). Among other measures, the Plan contains numerous initiatives to further stimulate investment in renewable energy projects in Queensland. Queensland will hold a state election on or before 5...
13 April 2017
Environmental laws trump Linc Energy creditors
Today the Queensland Supreme Court held that an insolvent company’s environmental obligations under State law were unaffected by the liquidators’ disclaimer of related property and resource tenures. This decision changes the previous understanding of liquidators’ powers and the order of priority in...
08 March 2017
Victorian Government’s Solar Certificate Tender
What is the Solar Certificate Tender? On 2 March 2017, the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning ( DELWP ) released a Request for Tender ( RFT ) for the procurement of Large-scale Generation Certificates ( LGCs ) from up to 75 megawatts of new large-scale solar projects in...
16 January 2020
Top 10 Employment Law Developments Of The Decade: Part 2
In the final installment of our two-part article, we conclude our countdown of the top U.S. labor and employment developments of the 2010s. This part covers the key developments from 2015 to 2019, and it concludes with our selection of the most important development of the decade.
13 January 2020
Getting the deal through: Joint Ventures 2020
In increasingly complex and connected global markets, joint ventures offer access to business and investment opportunities that may be less available to parties acting alone. New market entry, growing customer bases, sharing of capital expenditure or other costs, originating funding or investment,...
08 January 2020
Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate
Innovation that happens in an "open" collaborative context – either internally or with external partners - can provide faster, better, more holistic results to accelerate innovation and improve competitive advantage, concludes our new report: Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate , based on "...
08 January 2020
Open Innovation: Data issues in innovation and collaborations
Businesses in every sector are under pressure to innovate to stay ahead of the competition. ‘’Open innovation’’ is a term that has come to describe innovation which extends beyond the traditional Research and Development department of a business and embraces a broader pool of talent and ideas...
06 January 2020
Views on an evolving automotive industry: Responding to ESG-related scrutiny
The automotive industry is unquestionably evolving at considerable pace whether through advances in connectivity and autonomy in vehicles, developments in the way that consumers access and use vehicles or changes driven by the 'electric revolution'.
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...
20 December 2019
New electricity network investments – there has to be a better way
For many years, electricity generators and retail business attracted much more attention than networks. That is changing as a bow wave of new network investment is demanded by the transition of the power system from large, baseload thermal plant providing strong system stability support to widely...
20 December 2019
ASIC consults on draft regulatory guide for design and distribution obligations
ASIC has released Consultation Paper 325 Product design and distribution obligations ( CP 325 ), on its proposals for guidance on the design and distribution obligations in Pt 7.8A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ( DDO ).
19 December 2019
The View from Brussels: Brexit - next steps and options to reconcile haste with ambition
Brexit now seems inevitable on 31 January 2020 but that is only the beginning of the process of defining a new relationship between the UK and the EU. Serious negotiations on that relationship will only start thereafter, hopefully as soon as February. In this View from Brussels, we look at how this...
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.