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Another round of consultation on the CCIV Bill

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The Government today released the second tranche of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle) Bill 2018 (CCIV Bill) for public consultation. The measure complements the Asia Region Funds Passport initiative which we previously reported on, and which passed the Parliament on 28 June 2018. We also previously reported on the release of tranche…

Global Crypto-Asset Report

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The Financial Stability Board (FSB) published a report this week (16 July 2018), addressing its, and related standard setting bodies work on crypto-assets, which will be delivered to the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors for their meeting in Buenos Aires on 21-22 July. The potential ramifications of the report extend even further given the…

Almost there – Final Consultation on the Asia Region Funds Passport Regulations

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The long awaited passage of the Corporations Amendment (Asia Region Funds Passport) Bill, which gives effect to the Passport’s Memorandum of Cooperation signed in 2016 by Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Thailand, now has an accompanying set of regulations and related explanatory material open for consultation from today. Legislation to establish the Asia Region…

Stapled Structures Update – Further Government Consultation

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Further to our news release earlier in March this year drawing clients’ attention to the Government’s release of a package of policy measures intended to address taxation bias towards foreign investors under certain stapled structures, Treasury has today released the next instalment of the package outlining the proposed conditions stapled entities must comply with to…

Australia continues to be an attractive destination for Foreign Investment according to the FIRB

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The importance of foreign investment in Australia cannot be overstated given it accounts for about 4% of GDP. It is arguably not surprising given Australia is the only country in the developed world to have achieved 27 years of uninterrupted economic growth. In addition to the financial contribution to our standard of living, it brings…

Almost there? Further consultation on CCIV’s

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On 13 June 2018, Treasury released for public consultation the first tranche of the draft Corporate Collective Investment Vehicle (CCIV) Bill 2018 (“the Bill”) which according to The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP “will allow Australian fund managers to market to participating Asian financial markets using a well-recognised corporate structure vehicle”. Whether or not such an objective…

Technical Amendments to the Attribution Managed Investment Trust Regime

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Treasury has invited submissions on the draft AMIT Technical Amendments Bill (draft Bill) and explanatory materials (explanatory materials) to assist them in their objective to ensure that the new tax system for MITs operates as intended. These amendments were foreshadowed almost a year ago (19 July 2017) by the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, Minister for Revenue…

ASIC consults on new licensing requirements for Foreign Financial Service Providers

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There has already been a significant amount of commentary and speculation about the potential ramifications of ASIC’s new CP 301 Foreign financial services providers (CP 301) given it represents a clear departure from ASIC’s historical approach to the regulation of foreign financial services providers (FFSPs), which to date has prioritised the facilitation of cross-border investment…

Exposure Draft: Stapled Structures, the First Tranche of Proposed Changes

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In May 2018, Treasury released draft legislation to implement the integrity measures directed at stapled structures, previously announced by the Government in March 2018. The draft legislation represents the first tranche of the Government’s integrity package, relating to the first four measures previously announced and directed at stapled structures. It is understood that draft legislation on the agricultural MIT changes will…

The Royal Commission and Breach Reporting

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Amidst the startling revelations emanating from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (‘Royal Commission’) there are the occasional, less sensational disclosures worthy of further comment. One such disclosure arises from the witness statement of the Deputy Chair of ASIC, Mr Peter Kell, prepared in response to specific questions…