09 December 2021
The UK Online Safety Bill: Harmful (but legal) content and what’s next
While regulation of the internet in the UK has (up until recently) been light-touch, the last decade has exposed countless examples of the harmful impact of online content and has highlighted the need for greater regulation in this area.
05 November 2021
FAR moving forward: What’s new and what next?
The Financial Accountability Regime Bill 2021 ( FAR Bill ) was introduced in the House of Representatives on 28 October 2021. This legislation will replace and extend the Banking Executive Accountability Regime ( BEAR ) (which currently only applies to authorised deposit-taking institutions ( ADIs...
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In April of this year, we wrote about draft guidance released by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on the significant impending changes to Australia’s breach reporting regime.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).
30 March 2021
New ACICA 2021 Arbitration Rules
The Australian Centre of International Commercial Arbitration ( ACICA ) has unveiled revised Arbitration Rules due to enter into force in April 2021. As arbitration continues to be on the rise in Australia, and ACICA enjoys record caseloads, the 2021 ACICA Rules set out ACICA’s vision for the...
21 December 2020
Australia approves sweeping changes to breach reporting regime
In a move with significant implications for Australian financial services and credit licensees ( AFS Licensees and Credit Licensees respectively), the Federal Parliament has passed legislation endorsing several reforms recommended by the Financial Services Royal Commission, including to the regime...
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...
11 December 2020
Australian foreign investment reform legislation passed by Parliament
The Foreign Investment Reform (Protecting Australia’s National Security) Act 2020 ( Reform Act ) and the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Fees Imposition Amendment Act 2020 ( Fees Act ) received Royal Assent on 10 December 2020, confirming that the Commonwealth Government’s changes to Australia’s...
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.
17 July 2020
Sustainable finance in Hong Kong: HKMA shares initial thinking on supervisory approach and range of practices by banks
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority ( HKMA ) has recently published its White Paper on Green and Sustainable Banking , as well as a circular to share a range of practices adopted by major authorised institutions ( AIs ) for managing climate risks ( 7 July Circular ). These form part of a series of...
09 April 2020
Exploring Opportunities: Managing competition issues whilst allowing businesses to collaborate (Australia)
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a rush of applications to the ACCC seeking to authorise coordination as between competitors which might otherwise contravene provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act ( CCA ) .
11 August 2022
When notification and disclosure collide
A claim under a Directors and Officers liability policy for investigation, defence and settlement costs has ended with the New South Wales Supreme Court 1 allowing some claims but denying others. The decision is a reminder of the importance of robust internal insurance reporting processes, and of...
08 August 2022
The UPC Rules
On July 2022 the UPC Rules of Procedure (the Rules) were announced as approved with the amendments from the previous (18 th ) draft (from 2017) being published in tracked changes form . One of the most significant changes was to opt-out procedures, as well as changes to restrict access to pleadings...
05 August 2022
Australian regulator consults on new operational risk management prudential standard
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority ( APRA ) has released its consultation on a new cross-industry prudential standard for operational risk management, CPS 230, which proposes to introduce a range of new requirements on APRA-regulated entities for managing operational risk and enhance...
04 August 2022
Cartel Intel: Interview with Ashley Brickles, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting
As part of our quarterly Cartel Intel series, Herbert Smith Freehills' Brussels partner Daniel Vowden sat down with Ashley Brickles, (Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting) to discuss the latest EMEA cartel developments
04 August 2022
Another one bites the dust – managing risk in scheme transactions in Australia
A series of public M&A transactions in Australia have recently been called off or renegotiated in light of a changing market and worsening economic conditions, highlighting the need for target companies to carefully consider and protect against deal termination risk.
03 August 2022
Tax in M&A in the UK and Europe – What you need to know
The third edition of our comprehensive guide to tax in European transactions breaks down the key tactical issues for deal professionals and boards. From transfer taxes, to debt financing, to post-deal disposal issues – our experts chart the EMEA landscape
02 August 2022
12 months reprieve for Foreign Financial Services Providers using Australian Financial Services Licence Exemptions
Today the Australian corporate regulator, ASIC, announced an extension of 12 months for the transitional arrangements for the passporting exemptions and limited connection exemption, which will now expire on 31 March 2024.