Monthly Archives: April 2014

Welcome to Shifting Geer, Thomson Geer’s superannuation newsletter for the period 24 March 2014 - 24 April 2014.

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This Alert deals with the following: the release of the Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (Third Edition); new resource reporting for mining and oil and gas entities; shortened rights issue timetables; and new dividend reinvestment plan (DRP) timetable.

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Thomson Geer's Sydney M&A team have acted on a deal for Access Capital Advisers (ACA) that will see them merge infrastructure operations with Challenger Limited. The transaction is a fully scrip-based deal that will result in a A$4 billion infrastructure fund.

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An overview on what's been happening in the gaming and leisure industry this month.

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Fourteen Thomson Geer partners have been recognised as leaders in their field in the Seventh Edition of Best Lawyers' Australia.

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The Department of Housing and Public Works has today released a fact sheet* which outlines significant changes to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (Qld) (BCIP Act). The changes, which represent the most far-reaching (and the most respondent-friendly) amendments to the BCIP Act since it came into operation, are likely to come into effect on 1 September 2014.

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A recent decision in the United Kingdom matter of National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside Board of Trustees v AEW Architects and Designers Ltd [2013] EWHC 3025 has provided some food for thought in relation to Australia’s approach to legal costs, disbursements and other costs associated with adjudications in Australia.

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Changes to the Aged Care Act 1997 (Cth) are set to commence on 1 July 2014. These changes will significantly affect the administration of residential aged care facilities in Australia. Consequently, approved providers should now be in the final stages of preparation for incorporating the new regime into their operations.

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