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Financial advice regulatory reforms confirmed

15 Aug 2017 Financial markets

The Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill has finally been introduced to Parliament. The proposed regulatory framework remains largely as it was in the Exposure Draft released for consultation in February, but there are a few twists in the detail that are going to impact on planning for the brave new world. More >>

Supreme Court clarifies meaning of “due debts” in voidable transaction regime

08 Aug 2017 Insolvency and restructuring

Yesterday the Supreme Court in David Browne Contractors Ltd v Petterson clarified the meaning of “due debts” in s292 of the Companies Act and, in doing so, upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision setting aside two transactions made by a company to related companies. More >>

Unpacking FMA’s Guide to Conduct

13 Jul 2017 Financial markets, Financial adviser law

We have just concluded our mid-year panel sessions discussing FMA’s Guide to Conduct with panellists Nick Kynoch of the FMA and Mark Jephson of Guardian Trust, with Catriona Grover providing expert legal adviser comment and David Ireland chairing proceedings. More >>

Uncharted waters - High Court declines liquidators’ fishing expedition for director’s personal information

04 Jul 2017 Insolvency and restructuring

The High Court recently declined a novel application by liquidators against a company director for an order under section 266 of the Companies Act 1993 (Act) that the director provide the liquidators with financial information about his personal affairs. More >>

Back to the future: Labour's workplace relations policy

04 Jul 2017 Employment law and labour relations

It’s election year, and the Labour Party has just released its policy on workplace relations and its proposed amendments to the Employment Relations Act 2000. More >>

Tips for protecting your business against a customer going bust

30 Jun 2017 Construction and infrastructure

We are currently experiencing what the Prime Minister says is the longest period of growth in the economy since the 1960s. The Government’s focus is on building infrastructure to support growth, with a plan to invest $32.5 billion in infrastructure in the next four years. More >>

Submission on Insolvency Working Group's second report

26 Jun 2017 Insolvency and restructuring

Kensington Swan submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. More >>

Robo-advice – The next step in the journey

22 Jun 2017 Financial markets, Financial adviser law

Robo-advice (automated advice) is a rapidly emerging FinTech that can enable advisers to provide easy-to-access and lower-cost advice offerings to a larger audience of consumers. More >>

Payments made under direct agreement not voidable transactions

16 Jun 2017 Construction and infrastructure, Insolvency and restructuring

The Court of Appeal has found that payments made under a direct agreement by a financier to a builder are not voidable transactions recoverable by a liquidator. In doing so, the Court of Appeal has over-ruled the High Court’s earlier decision. More >>

Robo-advice – The journey so far

02 Jun 2017 Financial markets, Financial adviser law

Robo-advice (online automated advice) is a rapidly emerging FinTech that can enable advisers to provide easy-to-access and lower-cost advice offerings to a larger audience of consumers. More >>

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