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May 2015

FYI: Banking & Finance – Responsible Lending Code: what are the "reasonable inquiries" lender responsibilities

19 May 2015

Do you know what inquiries you, as a lender, should make before entering into an agreement with a borrower or taking a guarantee?..

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FYI: Corporate Advisory – Takeovers Panel releases guidance on “association” under the Takeovers Code

13 May 2015

The Takeovers Panel has released new guidance on "association" under lock-up agreements and shareholders’ agreements (see Code Word 39). There has not been a radical shift in the Panel’s approach, but the new guidance offers some helpful clarifications...

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FYI: Tax Law – Sponsorship - don't drop the ball on GST!

12 May 2015

Kiwis love sport – as do Kiwi businesses, who often supply their product for use by the sport’s participants, on or off the field. The GST implications of such sponsorship need to be addressed and this goes not just for sport, but for any sponsored event or organisation...

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FYI: Intellectual Property – Spirit in the law: Geographical indications legislation update

15 Apr 2015

The New Zealand Government recently announced that bringing into force the Geographical Indications (Wine and Spirits) Registration Act 2006 is on the horizon...

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FYI: Competition Law – Update

15 Apr 2015

In this FYI we report on a recent Supplementary Order Paper (SOP) introduced to amend the Cartel Bill – this suggests the enactment of the Cartel Bill isn’t far off...

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FYI: Compliance Law – New Zealand to address growing threat of bribery and corruption

13 Apr 2015

The Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill is set to implement changes to New Zealand’s legislation on bribery and corruption. It is timely considering that a recent survey has highlighted the growing threat in New Zealand...

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FYI: Banking & Finance – Introduction to the Responsible Lending Code: what you need to know

31 Mar 2015

After concerns raised by industry groups on earlier drafts, the Responsible Lending Code (Code) was released by Hon Paul Goldsmith, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs on 17 March 2015 to a generally positive reception...

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FYI: Intellectual Property – Denim Wars 2.0

25 Mar 2015

You may recall G-Star Raw’s 2013 High Court claim against Jeanswest Corporation (New Zealand) Ltd in which G-Star was awarded a very meagre $325 in damages for copyright infringement of the "5620 Elwood" jean design...

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