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Explore ACC's selection of global, regional, and country-focused resources to help in-house counsel navigate legal, business and career issues arising from the COVID-19 (coronavirus / 2019-nCov) crisis.

David Wood, Partner, and Kai-Chen Lamb, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
7 pages

This article goes into the details of a highly anticipated draft practical compliance guideline (PCG 2021/D3) released by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). PCD 2021/D3 provided clarity on the two primary issues: (1) what are the reasonable enquiries required to demonstrate compliance with the imported hybrid mismatch rule (IHMR); and (2) the Australian Taxation Office’s approach to risk assessment for the application of the IMHR to taxpayer’s circumstances.

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Interest Area: Financial Services
Region: Australia
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Hayden Flinn, Co-Chief Executive & Partner, and Cindy Shek, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
6 pages

This article delves into the Consultation Conclusions on Proposed Enhancements to the Open-ended Fund Companies Regime (OFC) and Further Consultation on Customer Due Diligence Requirements, published by Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission. Issued on 2 September 2020, the Consultation Conclusion, the Consultation Conclusion highlights different enhancements to be made to private OFCs.

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Region: Hong Kong
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Mandy Tsang, Special Counsel, and Sarah Yu, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
5 pages

This article examines the issues with existing regulatory regime for, under the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Unfair Contract Terms (UCTs) in Australia and how the Treasury released its Regulation Impact Statement for Decision, titled ‘Enhancements to Unfair Contract Term Protections’. The aim of the Impact Statement and related proposals is to make UCTs and unreasonable contracts unlawful.

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Region: Australia
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Mandy Tsang, Special Counsel, and Sarah Yu, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
16 pages

This resource provides an overview on the recently passed legislation by the Financial Services Royal Commission. The specific legislation is the Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response) Bill 2020. In particular, this summary examines the differences between this Bill and previous legislation and how it affects insurers.

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Interest Area: Financial Services
Region: Australia
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Justin McDonnell, Partner, and Andrew Gray, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
5 pages

This article describes the developments made to whistleblower laws and protections in Australia. Protections have been increased for whistleblowers; additionally, immunity policies have been outlined by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in order to further encourage the disclosures of misconduct.

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Interest Area: Compliance and Ethics
Region: Australia
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Paul Starr, Partner and Practice Leader, and Gao Feng, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons 
6 pages

This resource describes the release and impact of the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Assistance in Court-ordered interim Measures in aid of Arbitral Proceedings by the Courts of the Mainland an of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region. The success of applications submitted under the terms and requirements of the Arrangement have made it a compelling reason for parties, irrespective of origin, to select Hong Long as the seat of arbitration if they are doing business with parties in China Mainland.

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Region: Hong Kong, China
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Joseph Muraca, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
3 pages

This article has an update for the Shareholder Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Resolutions in Australia following their previous update in September 2020. Describing some of the recent changes and developments, their conclusion was that the increasing number of ESG resolutions demonstrates that activities are making full use of their ability to requisition shareholder resolutions.

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Interest Area: Environmental
Region: Australia, Australia / Pacific
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Daisy Mallett, Partner, and Will Heath, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
4 pages

This piece highlights the increasing pressure within Australia on companies to address the issue of climate change. In particular, it highlighted the amount of landmark climate change cases that have been issued in recent months to compel the government or specific directors and officers to compel action on climate change. Indeed, Australia is the second most active jurisdiction for climate change litigation, with the United States being first.

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Interest Area: Government, Environmental
Region: Australia
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
Will Heath, Partner, and Daisy Mallett, Partner, King & Wood Mallesons
4 pages

New Zealand – in a world first – introduced a bill requiring companies in the financial sector to disclose the impact of climate change on their businesses and how they plan to manage climate-related risks and opportunities. This resource takes a look at how the climate impact disclosure bill could impact businesses based in Australia.

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Region: Australia, New Zealand
Audience: Deputy GC, Mid-Career
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