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Foreign Financial Service Providers – Extension of ASIC Licensing Relief and Consultation

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has made seven class orders that conditionally exempted foreign financial service providers (FFSP) from the requirement to hold an AFS licence where they are regulated under overseas regulatory regimes that ASIC has assessed as sufficiently equivalent to the Australian financial services regimes (Sufficient equivalence relief). The relevant class … Read more

HWL Ebsworth advises Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium on major placement

HWL Ebsworth has advised Hong Kong based companies Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Ltd (CTF) and Far East Consortium International Ltd (FEC) on their $490 million share subscription agreement and strategic alliance agreement with The Star Entertainment Group Limited (The Star). Under the subscription agreement, CTF and FEC each subscribed for 45.8 million shares in The … Read more

HWL Ebsworth advising AC3 on its $25 million acquisition of Bulletproof

HWL Ebsworth is advising cloud specialist, AC3, an Australian owned IT services company, on the buyout of listed company Bulletproof (ASX:BPF). The offer of 15.2 cents per share and is via Scheme of Arrangement, subject to Bulletproof shareholder and court approvals. AC3’s offer is 38 per cent higher than rival bidder Macquarie Cloud Services who … Read more

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HWL Ebsworth advises Hunters Hill Council on successful prosecution and penalty of $45,000 for tree lopping

HWL Ebsworth has advised Hunters Hill Council on a successful criminal prosecution in relation to the lopping of 13 trees. The prosecution was led by Phil Brown and the work involved leading the investigation, settling evidence, preparation of the criminal summons and conducting the advocacy at the sentencing hearing in the Land and Environment Court. … Read more

ASX updates its guidance on continuous disclosure

ASX recently released updates to several of its Guidance Notes, including ASX Guidance Note 8 Continuous Disclosure: Listing Rules 3.1 – 3.1B (ASX Guidance Note 8). ASX Guidance Note 8 was published by ASX to assist listed entities to understand and comply with their continuous disclosure obligations under ASX Listing Rules 3.1, 3.1A and 3.1B. … Read more

Law surrounding the tender process

Private enterprise and government agencies will often procure goods and services through the Tender Process. It is therefore important for those involved in the strategic and operational management of public and private sector organisations throughout Australia, as well as individuals and entities who provide of products and services to understand the law regulating the Tender … Read more

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