Addisons Corporate Bulletin

Welcome to the first edition of the Addisons Corporate Bulletin for 2021.

In this edition we cover an eclectic mix of topics from the benefits of SAFEs; the recent and significant changes to the arrangements concerning the retirement of directors; the new consumer protection provisions of the NSW Fair Trading Act and the High Court’s finding that Westpac did indeed give personal advice to members of Westpac super funds.

Articles in this edition include:

Play it safe with SAFEs

This article raises some issues to be aware of with the popular start-up funding instrument, the Simple Agreement for Future Equity.
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Important changes to directorship provisions in the Corporations Act

The new provisions ensure that the last remaining director of a company cannot retire without a replacement director being appointed.
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Can a GameStop happen in Australia?

This article raises the interesting question: Can a GameStop happen in Australia? GameStop, a NY listed company, earlier this month saw heavy buying by small amateur investors which resulted in a surge in its stock price, which at the time was heavily short sold by hedge funds and other professional investors. Click here to read

Supplier beware – new disclosure obligations in NSW require supplier to be more transparent in their dealing with consumers

From 1 January 2021 the NSW Fair Trading Act has been amended to include new mandatory disclosure obligations in “consumer” contracts. Click here to read

It’s personal: the High Court’s finding against Westpac and what it means for financial advice providers

The High Court recently upheld the 2019 Full Federal Court’s decision that 2 Westpac group companies provided personal advice to members of Westpac super funds during phone calls to members about rolling over their super. Click here to read

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