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A New Financial Services Landscape: Post-Royal Commission in a COVID-19 World
MinterEllison, October 2020

For the financial services sector, 2020 was to be the year of rebuilding after the royal commission reckoning of 2018-2019. But with 2020 presenting circumstances that were previously unimaginable, the sector – like the entire Australian economy – has a whole new set of challenges to face… As 2020 ticks on, the financial services industry is grappling with new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn...

Five Priorities for Enhancing Risk Culture in a COVID-19 World
MinterEllison, July 2020

As organisations start planning their post COVID-19 workforce arrangements, leaders need to consider how these new and amended work practices will help or hinder their efforts to strengthen their risk culture. While having a distributed workforce increases some challenges to improving risk culture, it also provides opportunities which need to be embraced. It is becoming increasingly clear that the post COVID-19 workplace will be very different to what it was before the pandemic...

COVID-19 Restructuring Event Businesses to Survive and Thrive
MinterEllison, May 2020

Can the shuttered events industry restructure to not just survive but thrive? While many organisations are facing an urgent need to restructure to survive the COVID-19 led financial crisis, those most acutely affected are in the major event, hospitality, tourism, festival and sporting businesses. Social isolation and the severe curtailment of most travel has effectively shut down many of these industries...

The 'Next Normal': Climate Change Risk Governance in a Pandemic Age - Part 1
MinterEllison, May 2020

While immediate pandemic pressures may moderate short-term corporate progress on climate risk assessment and disclosure, there is little to suggest that regulatory and investor expectations have significantly diminished in 2020. Corporates may face increasing investor pressure to make a 'Paris-aligned' business strategy a central pillar of their corporate rebuilding and recovery plans, with a measurable pathway to net zero emissions...

Understanding the COVID-19 'JobKeeper Payments'
MinterEllison, May 2020

Many employers have been considering workforce changes to address the economic downturn and cash flow issues caused by COVID-19. Yesterday's announcement by the Federal Government about wage subsidies (known as 'JobKeeper Payments') has been welcomed by employers and unions, and should be closely considered by employers before implementing any changes. It has been reported that 8,000 businesses lodged an application for the subsidy in the 50 minutes that followed the announcement...

Getting the Global Deal Done Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
MinterEllison, April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is having immediate and longer term impacts on the global economy and M&A activity. The crisis has resulted in important changes to the policies, rules and processes to be applied by many foreign investment and competition regulators, including Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)...

COVID-19: Temporary Changes to Foreign Investment in Australia
MinterEllison, April 2020

With the Treasurer's recent announcement on Sunday 29 March 2020 that monetary screening thresholds have been reduced for all foreign investors, our team takes you through what this means for potential transactions. With the Treasurer's recent announcement on Sunday 29 March 2020 that screening thresholds have been reduced for all foreign investors, our team takes you through what this means for potential acquisitions...

COVID 19: How the Changed FIRB Rules Affect the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
MinterEllison, March 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 changes to foreign investment in Australia announced on Sunday, investors that are now caught by the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) regime will also be subject to scrutiny from other regulators. Our team explains what this means for investors and what they can do to manage this process...

COVID-19 FIRB Screening - Regulatory Timing, Relief and Hurdles
MinterEllison, March 2020

Businesses in need of capital may find themselves facing foreign investment regulatory hurdles. We discuss the challenges for businesses and the potential for regulatory relief. Australia's foreign investment regime applies very broadly and captures many transactions. As businesses consider how to respond to the demands of the current COVID-19 economic environment, they may be required to go through the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) screening regime...

COVID-19: Steps You Should be Taking Now for Managing your Business and Workers
MinterEllison, March 2020

Given the recent increase in reports regarding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across Australia and the increasing risk of a pandemic, organisations need to take proactive steps to ensure that they are managing the risks to  workers, as well as managing broader operational issues. As an employer, what steps should I be taking in respect of our workers? We recommend that employers take reasonable steps to minimise the risk of the COVID-19...

The Next Wave: COVID-19 Impact on International Supply Chains
MinterEllison, March 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 comes on the back of an already tumultuous two years for the global economy, markets and trade where the US-China "trade war" and other trade tensions and macroeconomic factors have created uncertainty, commercial losses and subdued growth prospects...

How Can Australia Continue Securing International Sport Events?
MinterEllison, October 2018

What needs to happen to secure the most sought-after international events on the sporting calendar? As Australia continues its reputation as a dependable major sports event host through the likes of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, there has been an upsurge in interest from Australian cities, metropolitan and regional, to host major sporting events...

Planning for Privacy in Health Research
MinterEllison, October 2018

Information is critical to the conduct of health and medical research. Much of the time the information relates to individuals. Higher education institutions regularly collect, use, disclose and hold information, including health information, for research purposes...

Australian Life Sciences and Biotech - Key Themes and Trends
MinterEllison, October 2018

The Australian life sciences and biotech sector is likely to continue its resurgence over the next twelve months, with global trends driving strong M&A activity in life sciences and biotech M&A. We have identified 6 key themes for activity in this sector. Three Key Opportunities  1. Demographic Trend According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, healthcare expenditure in Australia is growing faster than population growth and GDP growth...

Decrypting the Decryption Bill
MinterEllison, October 2018

Following a short period of public consultation, the Telecommunications and Other Amendments (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 (Cth) (Bill) has been introduced into Parliament. Despite the extensive public concerns raised with the Exposure Draft version, only a small number of amendments have been made to the Bill. Following extensive submissions and much debate, the 'decryption Bill' has now been introduced into Parliament...

How is Australia Managing the Transition to Renewable Energy?
MinterEllison, October 2018

In Australia, we're seeing enormous opportunities and some policy challenges in renewable energy...

Healthcare's Deal Boom
MinterEllison, August 2018

"The global healthcare deal frenzy is set to continue for at least another 18 months as technology giants including Amazon, strategic players and private equity firms step up their fight for limited assets...

Consultation on a Proposed Model to Extend Unfair Contract Terms (UCT) Protections to Insurance Contracts - Australia
MinterEllison, July 2018

Earlier this year, the government released a proposal paper: Extending Unfair Contract Terms Protections to Insurance Contracts outlining a model to extend unfair contract term (UCT) provisions to insurance contracts regulated under the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth) (IC Act) for consultation. The consultation period closes on 27 July. A high level summary of the proposed model is below...

Australian Life Sciences and Biotech - Key Themes and Trends
MinterEllison, July 2018

The Australian life sciences and biotech sector is likely to continue its resurgence over the next twelve months, with global trends driving strong M&A activity in life sciences and biotech M&A. We have identified 6 key themes for activity in this sector. Three Key Opportunities Demographic Trend According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, healthcare expenditure in Australia is growing faster than population growth and GDP growth...

Future Technologies in Transport
MinterEllison, July 2018

What are some of the exciting developments we're seeing in transport? How can these be practically applied? We were delighted to host a Fast Track session as part of our sponsorship of Amplify, AMP’s innovation festival, where we explored how innovative high speed transportation systems will impact our future. But how can these new technologies be introduced into society? High speed transportation systems Long commutes could soon be history...

Shifting Consumer Expectations in Healthcare - Its an Empowerment Game
MinterEllison, December 2017

How new technologies and changing consumer expectations is signaling disruption to the health industry and the importance of finding ways to better measure and translate patient satisfaction and outcomes. Do you know if your clinician is doing a good job? What about the track record of your surgeon? Should you be entitled to know as a consumer? The industry is being disrupted – no longer is the family GP the dispenser of all health advice...

Australian Food and Agribusiness 2017
MinterEllison, July 2017

 2017 is a year of opportunity and challenge for the Australian food and agribusiness sector. We anticipate an uplift in food and agribusiness M&A activity, and have identified 6 key themes that are likely to play out in the remainder of 2017. Opportunities and Challenges – 6 key themes Three Key Opportunities 1...

Australian Life Sciences and Biotech - Key Themes and Trends
MinterEllison, July 2017

The Australian life sciences and biotech sector is likely to continue its resurgence over the next twelve months, with global trends driving strong M&A activity in life sciences and biotech M&A. We have identified 6 key themes for activity in this sector.   Opportunities and Challenges – 6 Key Themes Three Key Opportunities 1...

Australian Food and Agribusiness 2017: Key Themes
MinterEllison, March 2017

2017 is a year of opportunity and challenge for the Australian food and agribusiness sector.  We anticipate an uplift in food and agribusiness M&A activity, and have identified 6 key themes  that are likely to play out in the remainder of 2017. Download our report: Australian Food and Agribusiness 2017: Key themes Opportunities and Challenges – 6 key themes Three key opportunities 1...

First Steps Down the Plank: New Australian Copyright Provisions Successfully Used to Block Pirate Sites
MinterEllison, December 2016

On 15 December 2016, Foxtel and a number of movie studios secured the first site blocking orders in Australia. The orders of Nicholas J of the Federal Court require the major Australian ISPs to block access to a number of infamous sources of illegal content, namely, The Pirate Bay, TorrentHound, IsoHunt, Torrentz and SolarMovie (Pirate Sites)...

 

 

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