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Providing strategic advice on expansion structures November 16, 2018

Founded in Bondi Beach in 2012, Bailey Nelson has rapidly grown into a global eyewear retailer and service provider with boutiques in Australia, London, Canada and New Zealand. The strong demand for their products and … Continued

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Diverse and inclusive: Maddocks recognised for gender equality February 25, 2020

25 February 2020 Maddocks has been recognised for the 16th consecutive year for its work in creating a workplace that provides opportunities for all of its employees. Maddocks received an Employer of Choice for Gender … Continued

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Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) – Response to COVID-19 March 30, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on all our lives recently. It has had far reaching impact across the world, and Australia is no exception. Our daily activities, the way we work and … Continued

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  • Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) – Response to COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on all our lives recently. It has had far reaching impact across the world, and Australia is no exception. Our daily activities, the way we work and … Continued

  • FIRB –对新型冠状病毒疫情的回应

    新型冠状病毒在全球的蔓延对我们的生活产生了深远的影响,澳大利亚也不例外。 我们的日常活动 ,工作方式和彼此沟通的方式都因此而突变。 现在是适应迅速变化的环境的时候了。 澳大利亚联邦政府最近就外国投资做出了相应的应对。2020年3月29日澳大利亚财政部长Josh Frydenberg议员宣布对外国投资审查框架进行临时变更,旨在保护澳大利亚的国家利益。   $0门槛 从2020年3月29日(星期日)澳大利亚东部标准时间晚上10:30起,确定外国投资者特定投资是否需要外国投资审查委员会(FIRB)批准的起征点金额已全部降至$0澳元。 这意味着,之前存在的无需FIRB批准的投资门槛(例如,投资已开发商业地产或低于2.75亿澳元的商业收购通常不需要FIRB批准),这些投资门槛现在为$0澳元, 以及投资门槛以下的投资将需要FIRB批准。 FIRB在其网站上申明将更新相关的指导说明,以体现将投资门槛临时降低到0澳元,但FIRB还未提供具体的细节。 财政部长在公告中表示,该措施不是投资冻结,并指出澳大利亚仍接受外国过投资。澳大利亚政府希望通过暂时降低外国投资的门槛,在新型冠状病毒疫情期间对所有拟议的外国投资进行监督。   延长审查时间 FIRB的申请量将因此公告而大幅增加。有鉴于此,FIRB宣布审查申请的时限将可能长达6个月,与现有的30天相比有了很大的增加。 FIRB将和已递交申请的申请人以及新申请人通力合作以延长审查期限。 此外FIRB正在积极招聘更多的案件官员,以应对预期的工作量增加。 投资者应当注意,支持澳大利亚企业和澳大利亚工作的申请将被优先考虑。   实际效果 鉴于该公告刚刚颁布,我们目前尚不清楚该变化的实际效应。 例如,根据2015年《 年外国收购和收购条例》(Cth)下的一些豁免条款,外国投资者的某些特定收购不需要获得FIRB批准。在现阶段,尚不清楚这些豁免条款是否将继续适用。 该公告也没有涉及FIRB申请费用的收取问题。在公告发布之前,FIRB的费用主要根据拟收购的资产和收购的价值收取。鉴于该公布之后所有收购都需要FIRB申请,包括起征点金额以下的投资项目,因此我们不清楚FIRB将如何对此类申请收取费用。   这对外国投资者意味着什么? 该公告实际上改变了我们需要如何看待外国投资者面临的的FIRB申请问题。 公告颁布之后更多外国投资者的收购项目将需要获取FIRB批准。因此,外国投资者应视需要获取FIRB批准作为起点。 随着审查时间的大幅增加,该措施可能对新交易产生重大影响。由于1975年《外国收购和收购法》(Cth)已经规定通过协议可延长审查期,因此现有的FIRB申请时限也可能出现延误。 危机当前,新的措施可能会导致外国投资者重新考虑或推迟他们的投资。   临时措施将持续多久? 该临时措施没有结束日期。公告指出该措施将在危机期间持续有效。 我们希望该措施只是一个短期措施,并且澳大利亚将能尽快走出这段不确定时期。 … Continued

  • Holding shareholder meetings under COVID-19 restrictions

    With governments imposing severe restrictions on travel and public gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian public companies with upcoming annual general meetings (AGM) will be required to consider whether they can either … Continued

  • Continuing your development project through COVID-19 – legal considerations

    The property development industry, like many others, faces unprecedented challenges with the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. Much of the immediate focus in many organisations has been to address business continuity, including working from home, which is becoming … Continued

  • COVID-19 and premises and forced business closures – how to deal with the process and the aftermath?

    Franchising and Consumer Markets Update 2 Earlier this week we provided a list of things franchisors might usefully factor into their COVID-19 planning. In light of developments in the last few days, a critical and … Continued

  • Federal Court allows Telstra payphone rollout without a planning permit

    The Federal Court has given Telstra the green light to install new payphones with digital advertising screens across Australia without the need for a planning permit. In Telstra Corporation Limited v Melbourne City Council [2020] … Continued

  • Three major privacy developments your COVID-19 response team must consider

    Recently, our privacy experts published practical guidance on managing personal information requests from health authorities and other third parties during the COVID-19 crisis. Our privacy experts return to share three major privacy developments your COVID-19 response … Continued

  • Security tips for working from home

    The rapid spread of COVID-19 has resulted in an unprecedented global crisis. Many companies are encouraging, or enforcing, employees to work from home, so as to reduce the impact of the spread of COVID-19. A … Continued

  • Franchisors: Planning for COVID-19

    Governments and the communities are working together to attempt to limit the impact of COVID-19 on individuals, business and the healthcare system. These contingency measures are changing the way we interact and are having, and … Continued

  • Softening the financial blow of COVID-19: Sweeping temporary changes made for directors and debtors

    Yesterday, the Federal Government announced the following temporary measures for financially distressed businesses: increasing the minimum amount for a creditor to issue a statutory demand to a company from $2,000 to $20,000; increasing the threshold … Continued