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Privacy Commissioner critical of the bank's disclosure of personal information to the police

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A recent finding by the New Zealand  Privacy Commissioner (Commissioner) highlighted the need for organisations holding personal information to have appropriate policies and procedures in place to deal with requests from law...more

Environment: The Concept of Legal Personality – From Companies to Natural Entities?

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New Zealand’s Parliament has just passed a bill to enable the Whanganui River to be recognised as a legal person. It will now be represented by two nominees: one appointed by the Maori community (or Iwi), and another...more

Construction retentions trust regime comes into force: What you need to know

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As discussed in previous updates, on 31 March 2017 a change to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 will take effect to implement a trust regime that will apply to retentions held under construction contracts. Key things...more

Legal Notebook for the Australia and New Zealand Property Journal

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The attached article appeared in the Australia and New Zealand Property Journal and addresses a recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia, Director of Consumer Affairs v Hocking Stuart Richmond Pty Ltd [2016] FCA...more

Next off the block - AEOI

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You might have thought you have enough on your plate getting to grips with anti-money laundering rules closely followed by FATCA – but it's not over yet! Next off the block is the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account...more

Australian and New Zealand Patent Systems among the strongest in the world

by FPA Patent Attorneys on

A newly developed index rates Australia’s and New Zealand’s patent systems among the strongest in the world. Companies need to be strategic about where to protect their inventions. These decisions are generally based on...more

Pharmaceuticals in South East Asia

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1. Are methods of medical treatment patentable? 2. Is extension of patent term possible? 3. Is there a data exclusivity period?...more

Proposed Amendments to New Zealand Privacy Law

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The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner (Commissioner), John Edwards, recently released a report reviewing the Privacy Act 1993 (Act). The report recommends amendments to the Act as part of the overhaul of New Zealand privacy...more

NZX Regulatory Agenda published

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NZX recently published its second annual NZX Regulatory Agenda (Agenda), outlining its objectives and focuses for 2017, as well as some of the key trends that have influenced the Agenda. NZX's five main areas of focus...more

Swimming in dark pools

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NZX has published its regulatory agenda for 2017 setting out its regulatory priorities and resourcing, and the outcomes it seeks to achieve over the coming year. In both the 2016 and 2017 regulatory agendas, NZX has flagged...more

Employers note - Changes ahead in New Zealand

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In this update, we signal the changes to employment laws in New Zealand taking place next month that employers need to be aware of. We also look at the new private members bill that might allow an employer to restrict its...more

First case on Market Manipulation decided in New Zealand

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The High Court (Court) decision in Financial Markets Authority v Warminger is being read with interest by capital market participants as the first case on market manipulation decided in New Zealand. The Court found that...more

FMA releases Conduct Outcomes Report

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The New Zealand Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has released its Conduct Outcomes Report 2016 (Report), highlighting the key issues and actions from the FMA's enforcement, supervision and preventative activities for the...more

The promise of FinTech - More regulatory pointers

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Earlier this month, we discussed the key results and considerations from IOSCO's updated survey on the use of automated investment advice. IOSCO noted that technology tools will affect all elements of the advice value chain...more

Testing employees for Hepatitis B - Reasonably practicable?

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A recent WorkSafe New Zealand prosecution highlights the need for an employer's own health and safety policies to be implemented and followed - even if they are industry leading. Hepatitis B is a highly infectious virus...more

FMA releases Strategic Risk Outlook

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The New Zealand Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has today released its Strategic Risk Outlook (SRO), expanding on the seven strategic priorities it established in 2014. You can find a copy of the SRO on the FMA's...more

M&A Global Intelligence Series: Warranty Time Limits and Caps

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In M&A transactions, sellers routinely seek to limit their exposure under warranties and indemnities via reasonably standard exclusions and limitations. This article focuses on two of the most fundamental warranty...more

IRD consults on GST treatment of management fees and outsourced services

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'Questions we've been asked' (QWBA) are statements issued by the Office of the Chief Tax Counsel of the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department (IRD) in response to queries received on specific tax issues which are likely to be...more

A guide to the FMA's view of conduct

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With the transition to the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA) now complete, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has shifted its focus to monitoring and supervising the conduct of financial service providers. As a...more

Advertising - Get it right

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February has barely hit and we are already starting to see some action from the Commerce Commission in the Fair Trading space for 2017. Earlier this week the Commerce Commission filed charges against Bunnings (NZ)...more

IOSCO weighs in on the growth of robo-advice

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7 At the end of December 2016, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published an update to its July 2014 Report on the IOSCO Social Media and Automation of Advice Tools Surveys The aim of the...more

New Year - New Insurance Law

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In an earthquake related judgment issued in late December 2016, the High Court (Court) found a mutual duty of good faith applied to parties to an insurance contract, including during the claims handling process. A breach of...more

Public Decision Making newsletter - Summer Edition 2016

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This newsletter summarises recent developments in resource management and local government law in New Zealand that are of particular relevance to local authorities and decision makers. In this edition, we address recent...more

Trademark Scam Results in More than $600,000 in Refunds in New Zealand

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The records of applications and registrations at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are publicly available, allowing individuals and companies to evaluate the registered trademark rights of third-parties. Unfortunately,...more

U-turn on trans-Tasman patent processes

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The New Zealand (NZ) government has recently done “a complete U-turn” on planned trans-Tasman processes in the latest round of patent reforms, as a NZ parliament member puts it. In a second reading with 160 for and 14...more

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