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Australia’s Directors Continue to Enjoy Two Safe Harbours as the COVID-19 Insolvency Laws Are Extended

The Australian federal government has announced that the temporary changes it enacted in March to the Corporations Act concerning insolvent trading laws and the creditor’s statutory demand regime have been extended to 31 December 2020. The changes were due to expire on 25 September. Please see out alert for further information.… Continue Reading

Preparing for the “New” Normal: Key Points for Australian Businesses to Consider

Our quick guide, “Preparing for the “New Normal” – Key Points for Australian Businesses to Consider” focuses on key issues for Australian businesses to consider in determining their viability as Australia continues to “unlock”.  This guide considers a range of issues, including: Cash flow and financing Supply and demand Employee considerations Operational costs Directors’ duties … Continue Reading

Australian administrators seeking to take advantage of landlord standstill periods amid COVID disruptions

Since late March 2020 there has been a steady stream of voluntary administrators seeking the assistance of the court to limit their personal liabilities under the Corporations Act (Cth) 2001 (Act) by pointing to the social and economic disruptions and restrictions caused by COVID-19. Administrators have always had the option of seeking the court’s assistance … Continue Reading

How could COVID-19 contaminate the financing arrangements of Australian businesses?

Australian businesses are facing unprecedented challenges as the consequences of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic unfold. At this difficult time, it is critical to take measures to ensure that your business has sufficient working capital for at least three to six months and the risk of being required to repay or restructure your existing … Continue Reading

Australian Government takes swift legislative action to assist companies facing insolvency risks due to COVID-19

The Australian Government has taken swift action to enact new legislation which significantly changes the insolvency laws relevant to all business as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 related developments. Snapshot Temporary relief from insolvent trading and associated personal liabilities for directors seeking to navigate a path to financial viability and recovery for their companies, … Continue Reading

How to manage business risk posed by Covid-19: self-assessment tool

Squire Patton Boggs is working hard to support clients to navigate legal issues and manage risk posed by Covid-19. We have created an online tool for businesses to self assess their contingency arrangements. The self-assessment tool will take a maximum of 15 minutes to complete. Within 24 hours, you will be sent a summary, which will map … Continue Reading

Steering to Safe Harbour – Changes to Australian Insolvency Laws Herald a New Era for the Turnaround of Distressed Companies

Australia’s corporate insolvency regime has undergone significant reform with the passing of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Bill 2017 (the Bill) through both houses of parliament. One of the key elements of the reforms is the introduction of a “safe harbour” for company directors, operating as an exception to the civil … Continue Reading

Australian investors gain significant win against Standard & Poor’s

Investors in Australia, represented by Squire Patton Boggs in Sydney, have made history again with another big win over Standard & Poor’s (S&P). They were granted leave to pursue a “tort of deceit” claim, alleging that S&P intentionally altered its ratings methodology to achieve higher ratings in order to serve its business objectives. This is the … Continue Reading

The Road Ahead for 2017 – Restructuring & Insolvency in Australia

It is anticipated that, by the middle of the year, Australia will see the most significant reform to the corporate and personal insolvency environment in two decades. The reforms, which appear likely to be supported by all sides of government, are designed to promote business preservation and allow greater flexibility in order to ‘turnaround’ distressed … Continue Reading

Reviewing the Ratings

Multiple class actions have been commenced in the Australian Federal Court  in relation to losses suffered by investors in synthetic collateralised debt obligations and other financial products, some of which were distributed or sold by Lehman Brothers Australia Ltd (in liquidation) and by certain major Australian banks, and were assigned credit ratings by Standard and Poor’s. … Continue Reading

Creditors of Lehman Brothers Australia to Receive Further Dividends

The Federal Court of Australia has approved a settlement, effectively resolving one of the most complex corporate insolvencies in Australian history. On 18 December 2015 the Federal Court of Australia approved a settlement relating to inter-company loans and disputed assets between the liquidators of Lehman Brothers Australia Ltd (LBA) and American parent company Lehman Brothers … Continue Reading

‘Safe Harbour’ For Insolvent Trading: Australian Reforms Encourage Business Activity

In December 2015, as part of its National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Federal Government announced a proposal to introduce a ‘safe harbour’ for directors from personal liability for insolvent trading. The proposal seeks to address Australia’s insolvent trading laws, which are significantly stricter than comparable laws in the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand. The … Continue Reading

Australian Full Federal Court Recognises Market-Based Causation

A landmark decision of the Australian Full Federal Court will allow the Applicants to plead market-based causation for claims for misstatements and omissions in an IPO and short form prospectus and for misleading and deceptive conduct claims in respect of various audited financial statements issued by the company Arasor International Limited (“Arasor”). The Court upheld the appeal … Continue Reading
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