Anti-hawking regulations for financial services registered

On Friday 6 August 2021, Treasury registered the long-awaited anti-hawking regulations in relation to financial services, which can be found here. The Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response) (Hawking of Financial Products) Regulations 2021 (Cth) operate to exempt certain conduct from the proposed anti-hawking prohibition coming into effect on 5 October 2021. Some key … Read more

FSR GPS: ‘BECOMING AWARE’ OF A SIGNIFICANT DEALING UNDER DDO

This edition of our ‘FSR GPS’ (Guidelines, Principles and Strategies) series provides some insights on the requirement to report significant dealings to ASIC under the upcoming DDO regime, which is due to come into effect on 5 October 2021. Under the DDO regime, a product issuer has an obligation to report a ‘significant dealing’ to … Read more

Draft Financial Accountability Regime legislation released for comment

On 16 July, Treasury released Exposure Draft legislation for the Financial Accountability Regime (FAR)(FAR Bill). While the FAR Bill has some similarities to the Banking Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR) in the Banking Act 1959 (Cth), there are some provisions of the FAR Bill which differ to BEAR and which raise concerns about over-regulation and uncertainty. … Read more

The Legal 500: Fintech Country Comparative Guide

Herbert Smith Freehills partners Charlotte Henry, Peter Jones and Peter Dunne, along with consultant Tony Coburn have authored the Australian chapter of The Legal 500: Fintech Country Comparative Guide – a publication which provides a pragmatic overview of the law and practice of fintech law across a variety of jurisdictions. The chapter covers topics such as payments, … Read more

Select Committee on Australia as a Technology & Financial Centre

On 19th May 2021, the Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre published their third issues paper. This issues paper talks to one of the revised terms of reference that were added to the Committee’s terms on 18th March 2021, namely opportunities and risks in the digital asset and cryptocurrency sector. … Read more

Operational resilience in financial services regulation

Operational resilience is the next phase in the evolution of financial services regulatory policy. We approach this resilience at a conceptual level, identifying 5 elements which make up a holistic operational resilience framework: Financial resilience – capital, liquidity, prudence; People resilience – governance, accountability, culture; Structural resilience – clarity of operational and legal structures; Regulatory … Read more