ASIC issues information sheet on managing conduct risk during LIBOR transition

ASIC has published INFO 252, a long-awaited information sheet which addresses conduct risk issues for both sell-side and buy-side firms arising out of the discontinuation of LIBOR. As the transition from LIBOR rates to alternative reference rates (ARRs) enters its final stage (with the end of 2021 assumed to be the deadline by which transition … Read more

Remediation Round-Up: Superannuation

This article is a part of our Remediation Round-Up series which explores potential issues for financial services licensees when conducting remediation and ways to optimise the design of remediation programs. Key points ASIC is expected to obtain a joint mandate with APRA to regulate the operation of superannuation funds. Once this mandate is introduced, we … Read more

Remediation Round-Up: Financial advice

This article is a part of our Remediation Round-Up series which explores potential issues for financial services licensees when conducting remediation and ways to optimise the design of remediation programs. Introduction Financial advice has been a very significant area for financial services remediation in Australia in recent years. ‘Financial advice remediation’ is a broad term … Read more

Remediation Round-Up: Dealing with regulators

This article is a part of our Remediation Round-Up series which explores potential issues for financial services licensees when conducting remediation and ways to optimise the design of remediation programs. Issues to consider When considering breach reporting to regulators, what are your potential obligations to remediate affected clients and how will you involve the regulators … Read more

Remediation Round-Up: The role of independent experts

This article is a part of our Remediation Round-Up series which explores potential issues for financial services licensees when conducting remediation and ways to optimise the design of remediation programs. Issues to consider Does the remediation team have immediate access to advisors who can provide input on each stage of the remediation process, if an … Read more

Remediation Round-Up: Dealing with the client

This article is a part of our Remediation Round-Up series which explores potential issues for financial services licensees when conducting remediation and ways to optimise the design of remediation programs. Issues to consider Clarity and transparency is key when communicating with clients. Licensees should tailor communication strategies to the client’s technical and financial literacy. Settlement … Read more

Remediation Round-Up: Timeframes and statute of limitations

This article is a part of our Remediation Round-Up series which explores potential issues for financial services licensees when conducting remediation and ways to optimise the design of remediation programs. Issues to consider The selection of a remediation period is a critical decision in the development of a remediation plan, and will depend on a … Read more

Proposed simplification of financial services law

On 11 September 2020, Attorney-General Christian Porter MP announced that a review of the legislative framework for corporations and financial services regulation had been referred to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). This review follows recommendations of the Banking Royal Commission, which noted that the complexity of the current regulatory regime is preventing the intent … Read more

FSR GPS: The efficiency limb of the EHF obligation

This is the third edition in our “FSR GPS” (Guidelines, Principles and Strategies) series relating to the efficiently, honestly and fairly (EHF) obligation in financial services law. In this third edition, we examine the very specific issue of when a financial service might breach the EHF obligation on the grounds of the service not being … Read more