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Australian Government releases licensing relief options for foreign financial services providers

Australian Government releases licensing relief options for foreign financial services providers

On 9 July 2021, Federal Treasury released its Consultation Paper on options for licensing relief for foreign financial services providers (FFSPs) and fast-tracking the licensing process for FFSPs....

09 July 2021

Changes to financial reporting for securitisation trusts

From 1 July 2021 securitisation trusts that undertake to prepare financial reports in accordance with Australian accounting standards will have to prepare general purpose financial statements.

01 July 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

Case dismissed: aggrieved investor fails in class action against Worley

In a highly anticipated judgment, the Federal Court of Australia has dismissed a securities class action brought against Worley Limited (Worley) alleging breaches of continuous disclosure laws and...

22 October 2020

Certainty for liquidators and secured creditors in paying employee entitlements from secured assets

A recent decision of the Federal Court has confirmed that a secured creditor who consents to employee creditors being paid out of the charged asset pool is entitled...

20 October 2020

Certainty for foreign financial services providers – at last!

Foreign financial services providers (FFSPs) now have certainty about their Australian financial services (AFS) licensing position.

12 March 2020

Building on the Consumer Data Right to grow Australia’s digital economy

With Australian banking customers soon able to take control of sharing their banking data using the Consumer Data Right (CDR), the Australian Government is looking to the CDR’s...

09 March 2020

The new data economy is approaching: Open Banking mandated to start from 1 July 2020

The legal framework is now in place for the start of the CDR in the banking sector. The timeframes for responding to requests for consumer data have...

11 February 2020

Treasury’s proposals for a new Financial Accountability Regime

This article was written by Diana Nicholson, Tim Bednall and Rebecca Williams.Treasury has released a Proposal Paper for the Financial Accountability Regime (“FAR”).  When legislated, FAR will impose...

03 February 2020

The Australian Banking Royal Commission – What Happened, What Now and Lessons for Hong Kong

The Australian Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services concluded in February. We discuss the key lessons for Hong Kong.

11 June 2019

Bill for new design and distribution, and ASIC product intervention powers, introduced

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Design and Distribution Obligations and Product Intervention Powers) Bill 2018 was introduced into the House of Representatives on 20 September 2018. The Bill will...

26 September 2018

Morrison’s Christmas promise: Indonesia-Australia free trade agreement

Australia’s new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has promised the long awaited Indonesia-Australia free trade agreement by Christmas. The announcement is a good news story for international trade...

05 September 2018

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