Insights

Investing in Australian Real Estate

This brochure provides global investors a practical and quick overview about real estate investments in Australia, which includes answers to some of their commonly asked questions.

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“Adding fuel to the fire”: Administrators fail in bid to adjourn winding-up of Paltar Petroleum Ltd

On 3 May 2019, the Federal Court of Australia dismissed an application brought by the administrators of an oil and gas exploration company, Paltar Petroleum Limited (Paltar) to adjourn proceedings...

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The new GST withholding regime for New Residential Premises and Potential Residential Land

With effect from 1 July 2018, a new withholding regime for GST will require purchasers to withhold an amount from the purchase price for ‘new residential premises’ and for ‘potential residential...

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Angas Securities scheme of arrangement approved

On 17 May 2019, the Federal Court approved the scheme of arrangement between Angas and its Debenture Holders.

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Court Rejects ASIC’s Application for an Inquiry into a Liquidator's Conduct

The NSW Supreme Court has reaffirmed the criteria for a Court to inquire into a liquidator’s conduct

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Lazarus with a triple bypass – s444GA in liquidation

The recent sale of Black Oak Minerals Limited (Black Oak) to Ramelius Resources Limited (ASX: RMS) (Ramelius) shows that section 444GA of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act) can be used to...

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Employee Incentive Plans – which plan should you adopt?

What are employee incentive plans and why do employers use them?

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Public Investment Funds 2019

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Public Investment Funds 2019

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Guidance for receivers on post-appointment tax liabilities

Dealing with the important question of a receiver’s obligation to retain money for post-appointment tax liabilities.

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Insights from the 2019 Global AgInvesting Conference in NYC

Amit Jois reflects on the key takeaways from the 2019 Global AgInvesting conference in NYC

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Your company, its executives and the sharing of abhorrent violent material laws

New criminal offences were introduced by Federal Parliament today via the Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Bill 2019.

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Federal Budget 2019 Insights

We bring you the key taxation reforms announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in the 2019/20 Australian Federal Budget. Unsurprisingly, with the next Federal election due sometime in May, the main...

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The Whistle has finally blown – New whistleblower regime commences

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Mabo, Wik, and now ‘Griffiths’: the endorsement by the High Court of compensation for cultural loss

First there was Mabo, then there was Wik. Now, as of 13 March 2019, we have Northern Territory v Griffiths (dec’d) (on behalf of the Ngaliwurru and Nungali Peoples) [2019] HCA 7 (Griffiths...

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WA Environmental Protection Authority updates its approach to the assessment of GHG emissions

On 7 March 2019, the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) released its ‘Environmental Factor Guideline – Greenhouse Gas Emissions' and ‘Technical Guidance – Mitigating...

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Recent trends in complex ACCC merger review cases

We are pleased to share with you the third edition of our report on recent trends in complex merger review cases by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).

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Time limits on claims under insurance policies: the latest guidance from the NSW Court of Appeal

The New South Wales Court of Appeal in a close 3-2 decision has decided that the time limit in which to sue an insurer for a failure to indemnify for property damage starts when the property damage...

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Who is the ACCC targeting in 2019?

On 26 February 2019, Rod Sims announced the ACCC’s compliance and enforcement policy for 2019. A summary of the key areas of focus are set out below.

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The emergence of climate change law in New South Wales and beyond

In the recent NSW Land and Environment Court decision of Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning [2019] NSWLEC 9 Chief Judge Preston, in performing the role of the consent authority of...

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Dispute Resolution Update - February 2019

Our 2019 Half Year Dispute Resolution update details our significant case developments and wins, including our listing as a Band 1 Practice for Dispute Resolution in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 for...

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Guaranteeing payment under an unconditional bank guarantee: Santos v BNP Paribas

The Queensland Court of Appeal last week upheld a decision that a demand for payment under an unconditional bank guarantee was invalid because it failed to state expressly that it had been signed...

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Repeal of IP exception to competition law

If your business is involved in the licensing or assignment of IP rights (such as patents, registered designs or copyrights), you should urgently seek legal advice to ensure that all such...

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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

With the first week of hearings due to commence on Monday 11 February, we thought it was timely to reflect on the preliminary hearing in mid-January and to give you some insights into what you...

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Update on State Government’s Forrest & Forrest “fix”

The Bill that seeks to amend the Mining Act 1978 (WA) to remove uncertainty around the validity of mining tenements as a result of the High Court decision in Forrest & Forrest, was read in...

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