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Kate Jefferson joined Baker McKenzie’s Sydney office in 2005 and worked in the Firm’s New York office in 2007 and 2008. Kate also undertook a four month secondment to at a global investment bank. Kate previously worked for Herbert Smith Freehills from 2001 to 2005 and as a management consultant to the London Stock Exchange from 2000 to 2001.

The Australian Government has announced temporary changes to its foreign investment review framework so as to protect the national interest. Key Highlights Monetary threshold for foreign investment applications will now be $0. Statutory deadline for application decisions extended from 30 days to up to 6 months (but with priority given…

Temporary Changes to the Australian Foreign Investment Framework Following the announcement by the Australian Government of temporary changes to its foreign investment review framework, the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) has released a Q&A, which may be found here. Recapping the announced changes All proposed foreign investments into Australia subject…

ASX has issued some helpful and pragmatic guidance in relation to continuous disclosure obligations in the COVID-19 environment. Key aspects of the guidance are: ASX recognises the challenges for listed companies in satisfying their disclosure obligations in this rapidly evolving and highly uncertain situation. The key issue remains that disclosure…

As COVID-19 continues to spread and market uncertainty surrounding it persists and intensifies, a number of ASX-listed companies have taken the unusual step of withdrawing, deferring payment of, or reducing, their previously announced dividends in order to preserve cash for the uncertain times ahead. Last week, for example, saw companies…

On 12 August 2019, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) released updates to two important Regulatory Guides (RGs) to formally include climate change as a risk that issuers should consider disclosing in a prospectus for retail clients (RG228) or in a company’s operating and financial review (RG247). This is…