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Issues in private M&A resulting from COVID-19

This piece is designed to prompt thoughts of what changes may be required in private M&A documents in order to accommodate and allocate risks relating to COVID-19 and the fallout from this pandemic.

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WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato

Last week, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia handed down the decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84 dismissing WorkPac’s application for a declaration that Mr Rossato...

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Update on commercial leasing in South Australia

This note provides a summary of the key provisions of the Further Measures Act and New Regulations.

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Capital raising relief – a cautionary tale

ASIC and ASX have both announced temporary changes to their respective regulatory regimes to facilitate capital raisings for listed entities in response to the economic impact of COVID-19.

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Steering through uncertain seas: creditor solutions to navigating COVID-19

Times are changing rapidly with the current flow of Coronavirus measures introduced to support businesses in debt and distress.

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Returning to work under COVIDSafe workplace plans and other recent trends

Last week the Australian Government announced a three step framework for a COVIDSafe Australia.

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Shock to electricity regulation: changes to competition laws in the energy market

New competition laws will apply to generators and suppliers of electricity as of 10 June 2020.

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Foreign investment and Australia’s infrastructure sector

Participants in Australia’s infrastructure sector are, as a general rule, already familiar with the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and Australia’s foreign investment regime.

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COVID-19: temporary changes to meeting provisions under the Corporations Act

The Commonwealth Treasurer exercised emergency powers under the Corporations Act to facilitate virtual meetings and electronic execution of documents by companies.

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Surviving the Curve: Creditors, Contracts and Trade Credit Insurance

Navigating trade credit insurance policies.

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ACCC red lights not fatal for mergers

A red light from the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is not necessarily fatal when it comes to seeking approval for mergers but red light Statement of Issues (SOI) are becoming...

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COVID-19 responses in the commercial leasing market

We are in daily communication with our clients, commercial property landlords, agents, consultants and tenants.

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Understanding the JobKeeper scheme

This article aims to provide a summary of the rules relating to the JobKeeper scheme.

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Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 (WA)

On 24 April 2020, the Western Australian Parliament passed the Commercial Tenancies (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 (WA) (the Act).

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WA EPA releases its revised guideline on the assessment of greenhouse gas emissions

The EPA has released an updated guideline on its approach to GHG emissions assessment.

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Practical Law Guide: Merger control in Australia

Sar Katdare and Andrew Willekes have prepared an easy to use Q&A on merger control in Australia.

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Commercial Leasing - South Australia's response to COVID-19

This insight provides a short summary of the cumulative effect of the Act and the Regulations.

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International Comparative Legal Guide: Public Investment Funds 2020

Partners Austin Bell and Andi Milidoni have written the Australian chapter for the International Comparative Legal Guide: Public Investment Funds 2020.

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Update - Property issues in Australia: Tenants and COVID-19

On 7 April 2020, the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, provided details of the mandatory Commercial Tenancies Code of Conduct to be legislated and regulated in each state and territory.

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JobKeeper Scheme Passes Parliament

As anticipated, on 8 April 2020, the Federal Parliament passed the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020 and related legislation which establishes the JobKeeper...

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FWC announces intent to temporarily amend Awards to provide new leave benefits

On 1 April 2020, the FWC announced a provisional view that it will amend 103 modern awards to include a new temporary Schedule that will operate until 30 June 2020, subject to review by the...

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Testamentary Discretionary Trusts – NSW Surcharge Purchaser Duty and Surcharge Land Tax

Breaking news: NSW lifts extra charges to stamp duty and land tax in respect of testamentary trusts with potential non-resident beneficiaries, provided they are created under Wills or Codicils...

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Update on Regulation of the Resources Sector

The Productivity Commission (Commission) has released its draft report on Resources Sector Regulation, inviting submissions from the public and affected stakeholders on its proposed findings and...

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ACCC grants urgent interim authorisation to Coles

Last week the ACCC granted an urgent interim authorisation to Coles to coordinate its activities with other supermarkets for the broad purpose of ensuring the fair and equitable distribution of...

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