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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)...

When IT Hurts, it Hurts: Cyber Attacks and Regulatory Action
MinterEllison, August 2016

Earlier this year, we released our inaugural cyber survey report, Perspectives on Cyber Risk (the Report), intended to provide insight into Australian organisations' cyber risk posture and cyber resilience capability.Perhaps one of the more surprising findings in the Report was that surveyed organisations did not appear to be overly concerned about the risk of regulatory action flowing from a cyber breach...

Signing Your Likes Away: Can a Contract Create Social Media Obligations?
MinterEllison, July 2016

In 2015, according to Sensis, 56% of large and 31% of small-to-medium sized Australian businesses had a social media presence of some kind. Of these, more than half reported measuring the success of their social media investment by their numbers of 'likes', followers and subscribers...

A tale of two telcos: matching rights and blocking stakes in recent schemes of arrangement
MinterEllison, June 2016

A recent wave of consolidation in the telecommunications sector has seen TPG Telecom acquire iiNet for $1.6 billion, Vocus Communications acquire Amcom Telecommunications for $653 million and Vocus acquire M2 Group in a 'merger of equals' valued at $3.0 billion. These three transactions have now created two industry powerhouses – TPG and Vocus. All three transactions were implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement between the notional target and its shareholders...

Health & Ageing sector - increasing investment opportunities
MinterEllison, March 2016

Increased deal activity is likely in Australia's health and aged care sector in 2016, driven by:• investment interest from China• Australian players targeting outbound opportunities through joint ventures and partnerships; and• consolidation in the aged and home care services areas.Rapidly ageing populations across our region are driving demand for high quality health care, especially in countries such as China and Japan...

Australian Tax Brief Multinational anti-avoidance law and country-by-country reporting introduced
MinterEllison, October 2015

What has happened?On 16 September 2015, the Federal Government introduced the Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) Bill 2015. The Bill contains two significant proposals, both of which were signalled in the 2015-16 Federal Budget in May 2015 (see 2015-16 Federal Budget - key tax announcements for business)...

Federal Court prefers Esso's understanding of industrial Action Notice
MinterEllison, October 2015

In Esso Australia Pty Ltd v The Australian Workers' Union [2015] FCA 758, the Federal Court upheld the validity of some, but not all, orders made by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) against industrial action at Esso's Longford Plant in Victoria...

Institutional Investment, Corporate Governance and Climate Change: What is a Trustee to do?
MinterEllison, February 2015

Recent publicity surrounding the exclusion or divestiture of stocks in carbon-intensive industries shows that leading investors are reviewing the financial risks (and opportunities) associated with climate change. However, with debate on climate change often pitched around ideological poles, many superannuation fund trustees are struggling to translate these developments into prudent governance practice, consistent with their statutory and general law duties...

Australian Tax Issues for Global M&A Transactions
MinterEllison, January 2015

Australia has a complex system of taxation including a Federal income tax, capital gains tax and goods and services tax (GST) and eight separate State and Territory systems of duties and taxes. Tax planning is therefore important to maximise after-tax investor returns. The following guide sets out some high level issues to consider on a global M&A deal where the target is an Australian company or business or where downstream Australian subsidiaries are involved...

Proposed New Withholding Tax Could Affect the Sale of Australian Property by Foreign Investors
MinterEllison, November 2014

Introduction: As noted in our earlier article, foreign investors in Australian entities may be unaware that in some  circumstances the Australian Taxation Office can assess them for tax on gains made from the disposal of their Australian investments. In particular, a foreign investor will be liable to Australian tax where they make a gain on the disposal of taxable Australian property...

Competition Law Overhaul – Harper Review Leaves no Stone Unturned
MinterEllison, September 2014

The Draft Report of the Competition Policy Review released yesterday aims to set the pathway for resuscitating productivity growth in Australia, shining a light on areas of the economy in need of reform. It focuses on what is needed to promote productivity enhancing choice, diversity and innovation and focussing on areas such as health, planning laws, power and road transport. The Draft Report recommends changes to key competition laws that apply to all Australian businesses...

From the Ground Up - Significant Changes to Queensland's Planning and Development Legislation
MinterEllison, September 2014

On 1 August 2014, the Queensland government released consultation drafts of the Planning and Development Bill 2014 (P&D Bill) and the Planning and Environment Court Bill 2014 (PEC Bill). The draft Planning Bills are proposed to replace the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld) (SPA) and seek to implement a new land-use planning and development assessment system that promotes prosperity through balancing economic growth, environmental protection and community wellbeing...

 

 

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