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13 December 2022

From Smart Contract to Interpol Red Notice – Developer Liability

Companies and individual developers in the web 3.0 space may not be aware but, as smart contract programs gain wider reach, they will be increasingly scrutinised and potentially vulnerable to civil and criminal liability
13 December 2022

THE UK’S PROPOSED NEW FOREIGN INFLUENCE REGISTRATION SCHEME: SIGNIFICANT UNINTENDED CHALLENGES

The proposed regime is wider and more onerous than the regimes in Australia and the US cited as precedents. This briefing includes examples of some of the unexpected impacts on businesses, charities and others who may be surprised that they, or their activities, are caught by proposed national...
12 December 2022

Debt Capital Markets: End of Year Review 2022

12 December 2022

Top Australian M&A Predictions for 2023

Our annual forecast for Australian deal-making is back. We also assess how accurate last year’s predictions turned out (and we again give ourselves full marks!).
12 December 2022

On-market acquisitions during a takeover bid – Australian Securities & Investments Commission's expectations

The latest ASIC Market Integrity Update addressed ASIC’s expectations regarding buy price disclosure in circumstances where a bidder intends to purchase target securities on-market at a price higher than the bid price.
12 December 2022

Emailing documents in takeovers – law reform introduced to Australia

Proposed changes to Australia’s Corporations Act will facilitate bidders communicating with shareholders in takeovers by email and no longer having to rely on mail or couriers.
12 December 2022

Wide ranging beneficial ownership reforms proposed for Australia

The Australian Treasury has issued a Consultation Paper titled “Multinational Tax Integrity: Public Beneficial Ownership Register” relating to the Government’s proposal to introduce a public register of beneficial ownership information to record who ultimately controls, owns and receives benefits...
12 December 2022

Proposed changes to franked dividend rules: Australian M&A implications

The Australian Treasury has released an Exposure Draft of legislation which will further curtail the ability of companies to frank distributions. If enacted in its proposed form it could well impact special dividends paid in conjunction with M&A transactions.
12 December 2022

Next steps for Australia’s mandatory climate reporting regime

On 12 December 2022, the Australian Government released a consultation paper seeking views on the design and implementation of a mandatory climate-related financial reporting regime in Australia.
08 December 2022

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Podcasts

Join our experts as they discuss and share their views on the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space covering areas such as underpayment compliance, annualised salary provisions, industrial manslaughter laws and what key...
08 December 2022

'WALKING ON ICE' – WHY MARQUEE NET-ZERO PROJECTS WILL PUSH BUSINESS (AND LAWYERS) OUTSIDE THEIR COMFORT ZONES

In the final part of our Decarbonising Cities series, we explore the interplay between evolving legal frameworks and the commercial realities of firms delivering post-carbon cities. How can lawyers facilitate projects evolving faster than precedent?
08 December 2022

Competition and consumer developments round-up 2022 for the consumer sector: A year of change with more to come

Online retail, spurious climate claims, influencers and vertical agreements all on the agenda as UK and Europe moved to upgrade competition and consumer protection rules
07 December 2022

FSR OUTLOOK 2023: REGULATORS TO CLAMPDOWN ON SCAMS AS ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS RISE

Explore our FSR Outlook 2023 Financial institutions can expect to face greater scrutiny as watchdogs target fraud in a drive to recover diverted funds
07 December 2022

FSR OUTLOOK 2023: Crypto Winter — Market downturn emboldens regulators to greater intervention

Explore our FSR Outlook 2023 As the crypto industry's troubles deepen, regulators around the world have been given political license to strengthen rulemaking and enforcement action
07 December 2022

FSR OUTLOOK 2023: Regulating E(S)G — A growing commitment

Explore our FSR Outlook 2023 Regulatory scrutiny is widening to include an array of new concerns as watchdogs extend environmental and governance standards