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Global VAT Guide 2016 - Cross border supplies of intangible services, rights and digital content

Focusing on supplies of intangibles, such as services, intellectual property rights and digital content, we consider this Global VAT Guide to be timely, given that revenue authorities throughout the world are increasingly...more

Real Estate Gazette: Focus on development, planning and infrastructure Issue 24

A very warm welcome to Issue 24 of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Gazette, in which we focus on a significant part of our real estate practice: development, planning and infrastructure. One of the most fascinating aspects of...more

Love me tender – how IR is a key point of difference

Are we in the beginnings of a cyclical upswing in industrial action in Australia? And if so, what does it mean for those involved in competitive tender processes? Data from the ABS indicates that the last spike in...more

Financial Services Regulation: Exchange – International Newsletter Issue 29 – May 2016

DLA Piper’s Financial Services International Regulatory team welcomes you to the twenty-ninth edition of ‘Exchange – International’ – an international newsletter designed to keep you informed of regulatory developments in the...more

Philip Morris Asia Limited (Hong Kong) v. The Commonwealth of Australia: Permanent Court of Arbitration Tribunal Publishes...

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”) has just released the full award of the Tribunal in Philip Morris Asia Limited (Hong Kong) v. The Commonwealth of Australia, which was rendered in late 2015. We previously published...more

The Harbour is Not Yet Safe – Reform on the Move in Australia

Following on from the Productivity Commission's Report on Business Set-up, Transfer and Closure, the Australian Government has issued a Proposals Paper entitled Improving bankruptcy and insolvency laws. The paper has...more

Health Alert (Australia) May 23, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: South Australia - 19 May 2016 - Inquest into the deaths of Robert Campbell and Jeremy Todd...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Supreme Court concluded this week that a suit based on short selling filed in state court alleging state law causes of action was not preempted by the exclusive jurisdiction provision of Exchange Act Section 27 simply...more

Patentable subject matter: Inventive test for assessing substance of an invention

In Australia, one requisite for patentability is patent-eligible subject matter. This area has been in a state of flux lately, with one area of focus being computer implemented methods and business innovations....more

Managing absenteeism: a collaborative approach

Employers who proactively deal with employee absenteeism, and focus on assisting employees to return to work, can reduce the impact of employee downtime and disruption to working arrangements. We’ve previously discussed...more

Retail Shop Leases Amendment Bill 2015: The Highlights

The Retail Shop Leases Amendment Bill 2015 (Qld) (Bill) was passed by the Queensland Parliament on 10 May 2016. The Bill gives effect to outcomes from the statutory review of the Retail Shop Leases Act 1994 (Act). Key...more

Penal or not Penal? The perennial debate continues with a sting in the tail

The doctrine of penalty has often been debated, yet the applicable law is still in the making. Recent decisions by Australian and UK courts are the latest in a series of cases which demonstrate the unsettled nature of the...more

Australian Court Manages Concurrent Class Actions By Giving The Class Members A Choice

As securities litigation becomes increasingly globalized, the Mintz Levin Institutional Investor Class Action Recovery practice is constantly monitoring and participating in jurisprudential developments in a number of...more

Infrastructure Reforms in 2016 – Pulling in the Same Direction?

Looking to kick-start lacklustre economic growth, Australian Governments routinely consider infrastructure funding and reform to be a headline-grabbing opportunity to demonstrate their pro-active "nation-building"...more

Top tips for franchisors entering Australia

The franchising industry is projected to post annualised growth of 2.8 per cent over the next five years according to a recent report by IBIS World – one of the leading industry researchers operating in that market. The...more

Former Currency Manufacturer Manager Convicted and Sentenced In UK for Making Corrupt Payments

On May 11, following a five-week trial in a London court, a former manager of an Australia-based banknote manufacturer was convicted of four counts of making corrupt payments to a foreign official in violation of the...more

The “teacher’s PET” of radionuclides – patents directed to Fluorine-18

This is the second in a series of articles looking at the hot topic of the patenting of radiopharmaceuticals. Fluorine-18 (18F), a radioactive isotope of fluorine, is the most common positron-emitting radioisotope used in...more

Health Alert (Australia) - May 16, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Victoria 10 May 2016 - Allie v Allied Medical Group Pty Ltd (Human Rights) [2016] VCAT 728 Mr Allie...more

Closing the backdoor? A guard at the front door? ASX admission requirements set for an overhaul Corporate Alert

The ASX yesterday released its long anticipated consultation paper "Updating ASX's admission requirements for listed entities". A number of amendments to tighten the admission requirements under the Listing Rules are proposed...more

Investment trends in renewable energy in Australia

Australia's ability to achieve its renewable energy target has been hampered in recent years by excess supply and falling demand in the wholesale electricity market and political uncertainty regarding incentives for renewable...more

The right policy prescription for pharmaceutical patents? The Australian Productivity Commission proposes a new formula

As mentioned in our earlier article Australia’s Productivity Commission has released a draft report (Report) regarding intellectual property (IP) in Australia. The Report covers various IP rights and provides the Commission’s...more

Australia Addresses Nanomaterials in Third NICNAS Reforms Consultation Paper

On April 29, 2016, Australia’s National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) published the third consultation paper on its reform initiative. Under the reforms, the requirements to establish that...more

Health Alert (Australia) - May 9, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: JUDGMENTS Commonwealth. Federal Court 29 April 2016 - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Reckitt...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Are you on the right path with interns?

Scott Morrison’s first Federal Budget announced the creation of the ‘Youth Jobs PaTH’ (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program – a program designed to encourage up to 120,000 unemployed youth into the workforce through skills training...more

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