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2021: A year of financial services reforms – what you need to do and by when.

2021: A year of financial services reforms – what you need to do and by when.

Most of the legislation to implement Government’s responses to recommendations of the Financial Services Royal Commission final report has been passed.

31 March 2021

China’s 14th Five-Year Plan — Key takeaways for financial services

On 12 March 2021, China released its much-anticipated economic and social development blueprint for the next five years and beyond – the ‘Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan...

22 March 2021

Farewell, OBUs: Offshore Banking Unit regime to be abolished

On 17 March 2021, the Federal Government introduced the Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No 2) Bill 2021 (the Bill) to abolish the Offshore Banking Unit (OBU) regime.

19 March 2021

May the best class action win: High Court dismisses Wigmans appeal

In Wigmans v AMP Limited & Ors [2021] HCA 7, the High Court of Australia (by a 3:2 majority) dismissed an appeal against the decision of the New...

12 March 2021

LIBOR cessation: demystifying the switch to risk-free rates

It’s official. On 5 March 2021 the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced that all LIBOR settings will either cease to be published by any administrator...

09 March 2021

Need to know: actual knowledge key to invoking whistleblower protections

Australian whistleblower protections now apply to disclosers who have ‘reasonable grounds to suspect’ that the information disclosed concerns misconduct, or an improper state of affairs or circumstances in...

04 March 2021

Follow up: The Federal Government’s perspective on an employer’s mandate to vaccinate

The Federal Government has now released guidance to help businesses and employees better understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to the COVID-19 vaccination in the workplace.

02 March 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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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

Future Directions for Consumer Data Right Report Released

The Australian Government has released the report of the Inquiry into the Future Directions for the Consumer Data Right (CDR).

12 January 2021

2020 leveraged loan market - year in review

2020 presented a number of challenges for the Australasia leveraged loan markets. Among other impacts, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) resulted in several aborted deals, detailed examination of MAC/MAE...

15 December 2020

Unpacking what financial sponsors need to know about the major reforms to Australia’s foreign investment regime

Australia’s foreign investment regime has undergone significant and widespread change in 2020.

14 December 2020

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