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Cyber Resilience for Financial Services Entities

In March this year, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), issued Report 429 Cyber resilience: Health check (REP 429). The report aims to highlight the importance of cyber resilience for entities...more

Proportionate liability now dead for financial planners?

On May 13th, The High Court significantly diminished (and arguably removed) the benefit of proportionate liability provisions in the Corporations Act and the ASIC Act in its judgment of Selig v Wealthsure Pty Ltd [2015] HCA...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Company Law (Updated)

COMPANY LAW - Some general matters relating to company law in Australia are discussed below. REGULATORY SCHEME - The Corporations Act principally regulates companies, their incorporation, the acquisition of...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 9 • May 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Securities and investment advisory services offered through . . . That phrase is ubiquitous among small and “independent” financial services firms, regularly appearing in 6-point or...more

ASIC announces proposed regulatory guide for review and remediation in the industry

After several high profile remediation programs by financial advice organisations, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has decided to prepare guidance for industry participants in how to develop and...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 7 • April 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed to amend SEC Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which exempts certain broker-dealers from membership in a...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 6 • March 2015 (Global)

OSC Investor Advisory Panel annual report. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Investor Advisory Panel submitted its 2013-14 annual report. The report summarizes the Panel’s current activities and priorities as well...more

Payday lenders remain a focus for ASIC

ASIC has released a statement as well as a video from Deputy Chairman Peter Kell setting out its agenda with respect to payday lenders. ...more

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) reviews insurers’ outsourcing arrangements

ASIC has announced today that QBE has made changes to its outsourcing of ‘escalated complaints and dispute resolution’ to an Australian law firm following concerns raised by ASIC. ...more

AUSTRALIA: ASIC rules risk management facilities to be used by sporting organisations are financial products

On 28 January 2015, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) rejected a relief application by the issuer of ’risk management facilities’ used by sporting clubs and retailers. The application for Australian...more

ASIC chairman explains ‘why ASIC should matter to Australians’

In a speech to the National Press Club, ASIC Chairman, Greg Medcraft, answered the question as to what ASIC does and why ASIC matters to Australians. He dealt with the role of ASIC, the challenges for ASIC and how ASIC will...more

ASIC reports on home insurance sales

Yesterday ASIC released two reports that highlight what we already thought we knew, that consumers generally don’t read the PDS to make a decision about taking out or switching insurance and that the regulatory framework is,...more

ASIC releases its Strategic Outlook 2014/2015

ASIC yesterday published its Strategic Outlook for 2014-2015. The Strategic Outlook is a new initiative for ASIC, which identifies the key risks ASIC sees in the immediate future for the markets it regulates and how it...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 20 • October 16, 2014 (Global)

Compliance template for Exchange Act Rule 17a-5(f)(2). The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has made available a new template and guidance for members electronically filing the statement required by Securities...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 19 • October 2014 (Global)

News from the Americas - Securities enforcement by state regulators. The US North American Securities Administrators Association published its annual enforcement survey. It noted a significant increase in the amount of...more

ASIC reminds AFS Licensees to report breaches early

In response to recent correspondence between ASIC and the Institute of Internal Auditors Australia, ASIC announced a review of breach reporting by AFS licensees in response to concerns raised about inconsistencies and delays...more

ASIC reports on FOFA implementation

On 17 September 2014, ASIC reported on the results of two financial advice industry engagement projects conducted during the 2013-13 financial year. The Review of the financial advice industry’s implementation of the...more

ASIC Clarifies its View on Wholesale Classification of SMSFs…but are Things as Clear as They Seem?

On 8 August 2014, the Australian Investments and Securities Commission (ASIC) issued a media release – 14-191MR Statement on wholesale and retail investors and SMSFs (14-191MR), in which ASIC withdrew its previous view on the...more

Regulators release Statements of Intent

The Australian Government (via The Treasury) has published Statements of Expectations for the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian...more

Federal Court Removes Liquidators

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (Full Court) has upheld part of the appeal of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) by removing liquidators in the case of Australian Securities and...more

Group purchasing reporting period extended

ASIC has amended Class Order 08/1 to extend the reporting period for any breaches of the conditions of the class order for group purchasing bodies by 12 months. The class order provides relief to group purchasing bodies from...more

Corporate Governance Update: Handling Of Confidential Information - Briefings And Unannounced Corporate Transactions

ASIC recently released Report 393 Handling of confidential information: Briefings and unannounced corporate transactions (the "Report"). The Report results from ASIC's attendance at sample investor briefings, media-based...more

The Future of FoFA

In light of today's announcements from Mathias Cormann, Australia's Minister for Finance, the future of FoFA is becoming clearer. The Future of Financial Advice (FoFA) legislation has been surrounded by uncertainty...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 5 • March 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Last week, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued one of its most important rule proposals in some time. Regulatory Notice 14-09 solicits comments on a proposed new regulatory...more

ASX's mFund and the Best Interests Duty

With the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) set to launch its mFund settlement service in the first half of 2014, investment platform providers and financial advisers need to spend some time coming to grips with the...more

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