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New UK Bribery Act 2010 and its impact for Australian business

As of 1 July 2011, the UK Bribery Act 2010 (the Bribery Act) comes into effect. It dramatically rewrites the UK...s bribery and anti-corruption laws, creates an extra territorial operation for...

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Comments on Proposed ASX Listing Rules Amendments

JWS made a submission to ASX commenting on the consultation paper and exposure draft relating to proposed amendments to the ASX Listing...

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Gas Security Amendment Bill

The Queensland State Government has recently introduced the State Gas Security Amendment Bill. The legislation has a number of objectives which...

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Proposed ASX Listing Rule amendments facilitating accelerated rights issues

In January 2011, ASX issued a consultation paper and exposure draft containing proposed listing rule amendments to facilitate commonly used forms of rights issues known as ...accelerated offers...

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Corporations Amendment Submission

In our December 2010 issue of Acumen, we published an article summarising the Exposure Draft - Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Director and Executive Remuneration) Bill 2011 and...

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Electronic transactions and business records

Amendments to the Electronic Transactions Act 2000 were passed by the NSW Parliament on 28 September 2010 and commenced operation in NSW on...

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Pre-emptive rights and notices

JWS's drafting of pre-emptive rights provisions was tested in a recent NSW Supreme Court decision - APT SEA Gas Holdings Pty Ltd v ANP SEA Gas Holdings Pty Ltd and Anor [2010] NSWSC 1221 and on

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Related Party Transactions

ASIC has issued Consultation Paper 142: Related Party Transactions, foreshadowing revisions to Regulatory Guide 76. ASIC has conducted a review of public company related party transactions, and...

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Legal professional privilege for in-house counsel

On 1 September 2010, the Federal Court of Australia (Katzmann J) handed down a decision in Dye v Commonwealth Securities Limited (No 5) [2010] FCA 950 (Dye). The Court in Dye reviewed the decision...

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Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (NSW)

The Commercial Arbitration Act 2010 (the Act) received the assent of the New South Wales (NSW) Parliament on 28 June 2010, after the Standing Committee of Attorneys General agreed to update the...

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Security for Payment Act 2009 (SA)

South Australia...s building and construction industry will join the rest of Australia when its new Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2009 (SA) (the Act) comes into...

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Online voting without a proxy

Online voting by shareholders without a proxy form has become more and more popular in the last few years. Large companies such as Telstra, Commonwealth Bank and Wesfarmers have put in place...

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