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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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Developer, solicitor and buyer beware

Developers giving rebates or incentives to property buyers within a development is a common practice to secure sales. Historically developers and their agents have structured the giving of buyers’ rebates and discounts in ways that protect the asset value of their remaining stock, which is of benefit to other current owners and future buyers in … Read more

Teacher reinstated after flawed student allergy dismissal

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has reinstated a teacher at the Hills Christian Community School (Hills School), after finding that she was unfairly dismissed for providing a student with known food allergies with a chocolate bar during a class birthday celebration. The decision highlights the need for education sector employers to clearly communicate student allergy … Read more

The power of permits

Both the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) have recently highlighted the power of a planning permit in two important decisions to the planning law regime. Planning Permit v Owners Corporation Rules: The Supreme Court Decision – Elwick 9 v Freeman [2018] VSC 234 Factual background An occupant and … Read more

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