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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 >>

Supreme Court rules on New Zealand’s biggest Ponzi scheme

29 May 2017 Insolvency and restructuring

Last Friday the Supreme Court decided that investor Hamish McIntosh could keep the $500,000 he invested with Ross Asset Management Limited, but must return $454,047 of fictitious profits to RAM’s liquidators. The majority decision upholds previous decisions made by the Court of Appeal and High Court. More >>

Further guidance provided by the Overseas Investment Office

18 May 2017 Property and real estate law, Overseas investment

In its latest news update issued late last week, the Overseas Investment Office (‘OIO’) provided further guidance on what constitutes sensitive land and the requirements for overseas investment applications. More >>

Second Insolvency Working Group report released

15 May 2017 Insolvency and restructuring

Today the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs announced the release of the Insolvency Working Group’s second and final report which covers voidable transactions, Ponzi schemes and other corporate insolvency matters. More >>

Mana Whakahono-a-Rohe: Iwi Participation Arrangements

21 Apr 2017 Environment and planning, Māori business

“The commitment to Mana Whakahono-a-Rohe agreements is ground-breaking as we at last have a universal vehicle through which iwi and Councils can develop a deeper understanding and agree collaborative arrangements that protect our natural ecosystems and enable sustainable development consistent with our kaitiakitanga values.”- Sir Mark Soloman (Deputy Chair of the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group) More >>

Grace period ends: availability and secondary employment rules now in force

12 Apr 2017 Employment law and labour relations, Employment relations

1 April 2017 marked the end of the transition period for ensuring all existing employment agreements comply with the new rules relating to availability and secondary employment provisions under the Employment Relations Act 2000 (‘the Act’). More >>

New employment laws in effect from 1 April 2017

31 Mar 2017 Employment law and labour relations, Employment relations

Cancelled shifts may be costly for employers without cancellation clauses More >>

Select Committee approves proposed changes to resource consent processes

30 Mar 2017 Environment and planning, National level, regional and district planning documents and plan changes

It is now expected that the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 ('Bill') will be passed in substantially the form it was reported back from the Local Government and Environment Select Committee, following agreement being reached with the Maori Party to support it at the Third Reading stage. More >>

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