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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

Reading Room

  • Changes to GST – New homebuyers are now collection and remittance agents for the ATO

    In the recent Federal Budget, one change that hasn’t been given media attention is a change to the GST Legislation, which is to become effective from mid-July 2018 whereby purchasers of ‘new constructed residential premises’ … Continued

  • Non-final withholding tax regime

    From 1 July 2016, changes will come into effect to Australia’s withholding tax rules that may require purchasers of Australian real property to withhold 10 percent of the purchase price, otherwise payable directly to the vendor, … Continued

  • FIRB update – some practical issues

    The overhaul of Australia’s foreign investment regime has been in effect since 1 December 2015. While the general focus has been on the major initiatives introduced as part of the package of reforms (application fees, … Continued

  • Frontlink Update

    Further to our recent article, we have received confirmation from the SRO that the Supreme Court decision in Frontlink will not be appealed by the Commissioner. The decision is now final as the period for appeal … Continued

  • Frontlink – what it means for UGB landowners and developers

    The SRO’s current approach to the interpretation and application of s 201RF(b) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic) (P&EA) has been specifically rejected by the Supreme Court. Section 201RF(b) is one of the … Continued

  • FIRB changes – Australian land corporations

    The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Act 2015 (Cth) (Act) received Royal Assent on 25 November 2015 and the Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Regulation 2015 (Regulation) was approved on 26 November 2015. As we … Continued

  • FIRB Reform Bill passed

    The Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (FATA Bill) (which is a rewrite of the current Foreign Acquisitions and Takeovers Act 1975 (Cth) (FATA)) passed through the Commonwealth Parliament on 23 November 2015. … Continued

  • Proposed duty surcharge: Clarification Guidelines issued by the Treasurer

    Since our last update on the proposed duty surcharge on foreigners pursuant to the State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2015 (Bill), we are pleased to confirm the pre-eminent industry associations in Victoria, the Urban Development Institute … Continued

  • Victoria to introduce new residential land duty surcharge in response to increased foreign investment

    The State Taxation Acts Amendment Bill 2015 (Bill) which proposes changes to the Duties Act 2000 and Land Tax Act 2005 was made publicly available on 7 May 2015. A third reading is proposed for … Continued

  • Tax issues for trusts – essential reading for all trustees

    A recent ATO publication highlights the importance of planning for year-end trust distributions. If, for instance, the trustee makes a resolution after 30 June, no beneficiary was presently entitled to the trust’s income by 30 … Continued