Australian businesses prepare for the new privacy regime
Our team is experienced in advising on acquisitions and disposals of financial planning businesses and implementation of new distribution arrangements, reviewing and advising on disclosure documents, promotional material and training, dealing with industry regulators and advising on AFS licensing issues, including training of representatives, dispute resolution, managing conflicts of interest, and compensation and insurance arrangements.
Minter Ellison is at the forefront of developments in the complex, dynamic and highly regulated financial services sector. Our financial services team members are active participants in key services industry associations, contributing to the policy debate and providing input on regulatory change. Here, some of our leading practitioners analyse and comment on the latest tranche of regulations, proposed reforms and reports that are laying the foundations for a stronger financial services sector in Australia.
On 31 December 2012, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), a foreign-related arbitration commission set up by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (also known as the China Chamber of International Commerce) (CCPIT), released its Announcement on Issues Concerning CIETAC Shanghai Sub-Commission and CIETAC South China Sub-Commission" (the Latest Announcement). This is the latest development in a dispute, which has been on foot since April 2012, between CIETAC, the Shanghai Sub-Commission of CIETAC (CIETAC Shanghai), and the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) (the CIETAC Dispute). SCIA was known as the South China Sub-Commission of CIETAC before 22 October 2012.
FMA and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) released yesterday mutual recognition arrangements for the financial adviser industry. These will come into effect on 6 July 2012. The regime will facilitate both Australian and New Zealand financial advisers to provide services in each other's countries based on the qualifications and experience they have gained in their home jurisdictions.
The Australian Government has released draft regulations under the yet-to-be-passed Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) legislation. The regulations have been released in two tranches, and cover:
The report by Mr Richard St John into compensation arrangements for consumers of financial services, released on 8 May 2012, has recommended the consideration of key reforms which could have a significant impact on the financial sector. We analyse the report and discuss its key recommendations and their implications for licensees, product issuers and consumers.
On Tuesday, 29 November 2011, as part of its Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook 2011-12, the Federal Government announced a package of changes intended to raise A$11.5 billion in new revenue and savings.