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Australia: extending the unfair terms regime in the consumer law to small business contracts.
The new Foreign Investment Industries Guidance Catalogue will supersede the current 2011 version from April 10 2015.
The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed the ACCC’s anti-competitive conduct case against Pfizer, finding that Pfizer did not breach the prohibition on misuse of market power.
Companies operating in Australia must be aware of the increasingly complex list of restricted products and international sanctions or risk major penalities.
On 19 January 2015, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) published the draft PRC Foreign Investment Law (the ‘Draft’) along with an explanation paper, and called for opinions from the public.
This article outlines the draft guidelines and briefly looks at issues of specific concern to the construction industry in Hong Kong.
Minter Ellison is acting as legal adviser to the owners of Primo Smallgoods Group in what is described as Australia’s largest private equity transaction of 2014.
Following the Wein Review, the new Franchising Code of Conduct has been released and, assuming it is enacted, will take effect on 1 January 2015.
According to Minter Ellison partner Richard Batten, the federal government’s enhanced adviser register will not have a profound effect on financial planners or consumers.
In November 2013, ASIC announced a review of its regulatory guide and class order for employee incentive schemes in the form of ASIC consultation paper CP 218.
As part of the higher-education funding reforms announced in the 2014–15 budget, the government announced that existing price caps on university fees will be removed.
John Elias and Struan Lloyd share insights into how the new regime will apply to Australian entities and some of the issues that are likely to arise.
The draft CPR Report proposed guiding principles for a new intergovernmental agreement to establish choice and competition principles in human services.
The government announced an independent review of the integrity of the Subclass 457 programme on 25 February 2014.
The Competition Policy Review panel has recommended that the regulatory functions of the ACCC be spun off into a new national access and pricing regulator.
At the Competition Policy Review International Conference in Canberra on 23 October, partner Paul Schoff took part in a panel on Competition Laws and Regulatory Institutions.
Samantha Betzien, a partner in the human resources and industrial relations group in Brisbane, has won the Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year award.
Minter Ellison competition and regulatory specialist partner Geoff Carter has said that the introduction of more non-executive directors is a good idea.
NZ-listed Infratil has agreed to sell its Australian businesses to Snowy Hydro for AUD605m. Minter Ellison advised Infratil on the strategic review.
Minter Ellison believes Australia needs a ‘macroprudential’ body with powers to address issues outside the current financial system regulatory parameters.