Easier to List on ASX – Proposed Lowering of Shareholder Spread Requirement

ASX proposals and consultation To qualify for a listing on ASX (including a backdoor listing), ASX Listing Rules require the entity to have a minimum number of shareholders. This shareholder spread requirement is often a signific...

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Trade Facilitation on the Wane?

Fairfax media recently ran a series of stories which alleged that there was evidence of a level of corruption in the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (“Customs”).   The articles pointed to a number of Cus...

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Customs Proposes Amendments to the "Production Assist Costs"Provisions of the Customs Act 1901

By way of Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice No. 2012/20 ("Notice") dated 10 April 2012 but only appearing on the website of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ("Customs") on 13 April 2012 (Friday th...

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Do you Find Contracts Complicated and Confusing? The Attorney General Wants to Hear From You!

On 22 March, Nicola Roxon released a discussion paper on reform to contracts law in Australia. Even though our contracts law system “performs well by national standards” there is “no reason for complacency” and the Aus...

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Protect Your Good Name – the National Business Names Registration System is Coming in May

Last August, we flagged the planned changes to the business names registration system and it has since passed through the Federal Parliament and become law The expected launch date of the new National Business Names Register, ...

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Letting the Chips Fall Where They May Doesn’t Pay

In the recent High Court decision of Strong v Woolworths, the Court was asked to consider whether the plaintiff had proven that the defendant was negligent in circumstances where there was no evidence to complete the chain of caus...

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