Digital disclosure regime brings big changes

In July ASIC released two instruments to provide greater flexibility for making disclosures to investors: ASIC Corporations (Facilitating Electronic Delivery of Financial Services Disclosure) Instrument 2015/647 ASIC Corporations (Removing Barriers to Electronic Disclosures) Instrument 2015/649 ASIC has also updated “RG 221: Facilitating digital financial services disclosures” to reflect the changes made by the new instruments.…

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NSW Supreme Court decision: Removal of discretionary benefit impermissible

In a recent decision, the NSW Supreme Court (Court) upheld a claim that the deletion of a discretionary power to pay an increased benefit was invalid, not in members’ best interests and breached the SIS restriction against adverse alterations to accrued benefits. Background Mr Peter Beck was a member of the Commonwealth Bank’s (Bank’s) staff superannuation…

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