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Paper planes: the financing of aircraft pre-delivery payments
If executed right, aircraft pre-delivery payment financing can actually be less risky than traditional aircraft finance.
Avoiding data breaches and managing them if they happen
As the risk of a data breach has rapidly increased with constantly changing technology, businesses have to address the issue now.
Cabotage Reforms in Australia
Almost three years after the enactment of the Coastal Trading Act, it has failed to revitalise the Australian shipping industry.
The G20 Global Infrastructure Hub – First steps
The G20 has given the Sydney-based Global Infrastructure Hub only a four year mandate to realise its goal of closing the global infrastructure gap.
The $110,000 fine for unauthorised payments for home building work
Significant changes made to the laws in New South Wales regarding home building work are worthy of close scrutiny.
New era of supervision of Australian private health insurers
If enacted, the proposed Private Health Insurance Act 2015 will empower Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to administer the prudential regulation of the private health insurance industry in Australia and the provisions of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 relating to the establishment, functions and responsibilities of Private Health Insurance Administration Council will be repealed.
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Hot Topics
We discuss Brexit with insight from various private practice lawyers; Richard Bell of Clyde & Co writes about his Journey along the Silk Road; JunHe delve into issues regarding provisions to China's network publishing services; and Trowers inform us about Doing business in Iran in this Hot Topics Special Feature.
What Brexit might mean for the In-House Community
Aided by thoughts from lawyers throughout Asia and Australia, we delve into what Brexit may mean for In-House Community members, giving insight on employment, taxation, insurance, finance, investment and more.
Driving value
Rebecca Lim, Group General Counsel of Westpac Banking Corporation speaks to ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL about the challenges and opportunities she has encountered in her role at the Australian headquartered bank. Here, she explains how her and her team manage to stay ahead of the curve.
Taking the plunge - Bob Santamaria
After twenty years in a partnership role at Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson, Bob Santamaria took the plunge and moved in-house in 2007, joining ANZ as Group General Counsel. The GFC hit a mere few months later, rocking the banking world to its core. For Santamaria, it was a case of sink or swim, and despite the inevitable challenges that ensued, he explains to Rebecca Brookes why he has never looked back.
A shift in direction
Once viewed as the poor cousin to private practice, attitudes towards in-house lawyers have shifted markedly in Australia in recent years, according to Group General Counsel Will Irving of Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services provider. He tells us why the winds of change continue to blow in respect of the in-house role.
The thing about … David K Y Tang
In our inaugural Managing Partner Q&A, ASIAN MENA COUNSEL’s Patrick Dransfield tracked down the ever busy David K Y Tang, Managing Partner, Asia, of K&L Gates immediately following the firm’s merger with Australian law firm Middletons (1st January 2013) and put to him a series of questions on behalf of the In-House Community.
With eyes wide open
ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL spoke to former General Counsel for an Australian University, Sascha Hindmarch, about her recent transition back into private practice with US/UK boutique law firm Hausfeld & Co LLP. Here, Sascha tells us about the factors that triggered her decision to move back to private practice, some of the perceived barriers to entry as well as the challenges she has encountered along the way.
Deal of the Month
Australia's largest-ever real estate deal
Asia-Australia – counseling for success
Sitting in a coffee shop in downtown Sydney on a recent trip to Australia, a look around at the diversity of faces discussing business, the price of coffee (and last weekend’s ‘footie’), it was clear that Australians of Asian descent are very much part of the fabric of the country. But whilst Asia has come to Australia, is Australia investing in Asia, and are Australian businesses taking full advantage of their geographical proximity to either the region’s mature or fast-emerging markets?
Restructuring & Insolvency Special Report
In this month’s cover feature, we take a look at the reasons why in-house counsel need to stay alert to restructuring and insolvency trends, and talk to experts from around the region about the practical considerations which should be taken into account when advising clients in the current climate.
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