ASIC Guidance

Financial product design & intervention powers – updated draft legislation released

Written by Philip Hopley The federal government has just released for public consultation a second exposure draft of the legislation that will introduce financial product design and distribution obligations into the Corporations Act and give ASIC new enforcement powers, which … Continue reading

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Contrasting Regulatory Approaches to FinTech

The RBA has recently set out its views that “Most of the regulation set for financial institutions is aimed at the stability of financial institutions….If some of these companies get big enough there will be systemic issues.” This is moderately inconsistent with APRA’s latest move, expanding its policy to restricted ADI licences to foster innovation and competition in the banking industry.  Australia needs clear guidance and regulatory support to avoid pushing away financial services innovation. Continue reading

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Cyborg Advice

Written by the one and only Michael Vrisakis Yesterday’s Financial Review contained an article by James Eyers (page 22) which touched on what we will call “Cyborg Advice”; that is hybrid advice involving man and machine. The article notes that … Continue reading

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ASIC updates its ICO guidance

What this means for you Initial Coin Offering (ICO) issuers have been placed on notice that from 19 April 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has delegated powers to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) to enable … Continue reading

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