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Advising global cryptocurrency exchange operators on entry into Australian market July 31, 2018

The rise in popularity and demand for cryptocurrency trading has resulted in a number of cryptocurrency exchange operators expanding into different countries, including Australia, to create a global brand. In Australia, new laws and regulations … Continued

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Maddocks advises French firm on major construction company acquisition August 6, 2018

Monday 6 August 2018 Law firm Maddocks recently advised French firm Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of leading Australian construction and fitout business AW Edwards. The acquisition is a key part of Bouygues’ continued expansion … Continued

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Do your construction documents conform with the new Ministerial Directions and Instructions for Public Construction Procurement? August 15, 2018

Are you a state government department or public body which procures public construction works and services? Are you in the process of determining which form of contract will be most appropriate for your procurement to issue … Continued

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Act 2017 is now in effect

We recently released an update on the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017 (the Bill) which was passed by Parliament on 18 October 2017.

The new legislation has now commenced. As of 6 November 2017, third line forcing will no longer be a per se prohibition and will only breach the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act) if the restriction is likely to substantially lessen competition.

What does this mean?

From 6 November 2017, businesses do not need to lodge a third line forcing notification with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) unless the proposed conduct has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition.

Therefore, most arrangements which were previously notified to the ACCC, will no longer need to be notified. Any notifications which have previously been lodged with the ACCC will continue to be valid.

Notwithstanding the change in the prohibition, clients should continue to consider whether their conduct will contravene under other provisions of the Act, including the Australian Consumer Law.

If you have any concerns, please contact a member of our Competition and Regulation team.

We recently released an update on the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2017 (the Bill) which was passed by Parliament on 18 October 2017.

The new legislation has now commenced. As of 6 November 2017, third line forcing will no longer be a per se prohibition and will only breach the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act) if the restriction is likely to substantially lessen competition.

What does this mean?

From 6 November 2017, businesses do not need to lodge a third line forcing notification with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) unless the proposed conduct has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition.

Therefore, most arrangements which were previously notified to the ACCC, will no longer need to be notified. Any notifications which have previously been lodged with the ACCC will continue to be valid.

Notwithstanding the change in the prohibition, clients should continue to consider whether their conduct will contravene under other provisions of the Act, including the Australian Consumer Law.

If you have any concerns, please contact a member of our Competition and Regulation team.