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Keepwell and carry on: enforcement of Keepwell deeds put to the test in China

Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Keepwell and carry on: enforcement of Keepwell deeds put to the test in China

Keepwell deeds, also known as letters of comfort, are a credit protection tool commonly used by Chinese companies issuing debt offshore.

23 February 2021

China’s 14th Five-Year Plan: a blueprint for growth in complex times

China’s annual National People’s Congress parliamentary session will take place in March to approve the country’s social and economic development plans for the period 2021-25.

09 February 2021
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High Court finds the Oakey Coal Action Alliance have not had their day in Court

Nearly 14 years ago, New Acland Coal Pty Ltd (NAC) applied for a ‘stage 3 expansion’ of its coal mining operations near Oakey in Queensland by seeking two...

08 February 2021

Briefing note for state of emergency in Myanmar

On February 1, Myanmar’s military-owned Myawaddy TV announced that a state of emergency would be imposed in accordance with Articles 417 and 418 of the 2008 Constitution of...

05 February 2021

Privacy Commissioner hands down first representative award compensating non-economic loss for interference with privacy

On 11 January 2021 the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner (the Commissioner) made a determination 'WP' and Secretary to the Department of Home Affairs (Privacy) [2021] AICmr...

03 February 2021

Planning Minister bans external cladding products in Victoria

As foreshadowed in our May 2020 article, the Victorian Planning Minister has now prohibited the use of certain external wall cladding products in the construction of multi-storey buildings....

20 January 2021

More coal in the stocking for litigation funders: Parliamentary committee releases report on litigation funding and regulation of the class action industry

The report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services into Litigation funding and the regulation of the class action industry was released 21 December 2020.

22 December 2020

Full Federal Court confirms broad operation of insurer's pandemic exclusion clause

On 18 December 2020, the Full Federal Court delivered its judgment in Rockment Pty Ltd t/a Vanilla Lounge v AAI Limited t/a Vero Insurance [2020] FCAFC 228.

21 December 2020

Thoughtless comments and far-reaching consequences: the ‘sad reality’ of social media defamation

Is it a good idea to sue for defamation if there is a post on social media that you do not like? A recent legal action is...

14 December 2020

Pre-COVID FIRB Thresholds to be Reinstated on 1 January 2021

Late on 9 December 2020, the Treasurer announced that the current $0 monetary screening thresholds for FIRB applications will be lifted on 1 January 2021, resulting for the...

11 December 2020

Managing modern slavery risks in the age of COVID-19 and beyond

Given COVID-19 restrictions are likely to remain in place going into next year we discuss some of the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in addressing modern slavery risks...

08 December 2020

Patent rights on sale: High Court adopts doctrine of exhaustion of rights on first sale

The High Court of Australia has ruled on and concluded a long-running dispute between Seiko-Epson and Calidad in relation to print cartridges, setting down an important precedent in...

13 November 2020

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