Financial Accountability Regime – OCC, not ‘OTT’

In this article, we address a cryptic pillar of the current Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR) and the proposed Financial Accountability Regime (FAR): the obligation to deal with APRA and ASIC in an open, constructive and cooperative way. What would this obligation require? What would it not require? How can we prepare for it? In … Read more

FSR GPS: Don’t wear ‘two hats’ in superannuation

This edition of our ‘FSR GPS’ (Guidelines, Principles and Strategies) series covers proposed laws recently tabled before Parliament to impose a statutory condition (Condition) on RSE licensees to have ‘no other duty to act in the interests of another person’ other than a duty that arises in the course of: acting as an RSE licensee; … 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: Efficiently, honestly and fairly in practice

Our “FSR GPS” (Guidelines, Principles and Strategies) series is designed to assist financial institutions navigate often complex, and sometimes opaque or ambiguous, legal provisions, with a view to assisting institutions formulate practical and strategic legal and business solutions. This edition aims to provide practical guidance to in-house lawyers and businesses on how to navigate the … Read more

State of Play: Unconscionable conduct in financial services

The doctrine of unconscionable conduct has experienced a resurgence in financial services regulation, with ASIC increasingly bringing enforcement action on the basis of this doctrine. On 17 July 2020, ASIC commenced civil penalty proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Forex Capital Trading Pty Ltd and its sole director, alleging numerous acts of unconscionable conduct. … Read more

Remediation Round-Up – Who is the proper payee?

Background This edition of HSF FSR Australia Notes is the first in our series dealing with legal remediation issues arising from exercises undertaken post Royal Commission. In this edition, as the title indicates, we examine the topical issue of where compensation payments should be made in a situation where multiple parties have been involved in … Read more

The landscape on general and personal advice

Written by Michael Vrisakis, Hartley Spring, Shan Verne-Liew and Nathan Hauser Introduction This month we expect to read the written submission filed by ASIC in respect of the High Court case of Westpac Securities Administration Limited v ASIC (High Court of Australia, S29/2020, commenced 7 May 2020). The case concerns whether certain call centre scripts contained general … Read more

Regulatory “Rinkles” – Spotlight on Transitional Issues for Grandfathered Conflicted Remuneration

This edition of Regulatory Rinkles follows on from our previous edition on Spotlight on Conflicted Remuneration and focuses on the transitional issues facing product issuers and advice licensees who are looking to end or deal with their existing grandfathered arrangements before the grandfathering exemption is removed from 1 January 2021. LEGISLATIVE BACKGROUND – THE END … Read more