Company and Securities Law Journal (C&SLJ)
Leading commentary and analysis of Australian and international corporate and securities law and the relevant regulatory regimes
About the Journal
The Company and Securities Law Journal (ISSN: 0729-2775) is well-known for its high-quality articles written by leading specialists in corporate, securities and takeovers law. It provides both scholarly and practical perspectives on a range of dynamic and important subjects of interest to the Australian legal and business communities.
Whether you are a lawyer, accountant, company director, stockbroker or academic, there is detailed coverage to suit your information needs. Topics range from comments on the lack of confidence in the Australian securities markets and how an increased effort by regulators to improve enforcement of existing laws prohibiting market misconduct is needed to restore confidence, to insider trading case law dealing with “generally available” and “materiality” carve-outs and articles around the question, “Do we need regulation in the way in which litigation funders should operate?”
Professor Robert Baxt AO is an Emeritus Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia and Chairman of the Law Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was the founder of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association (BFSLA) and the founding editor and now the General Editor of both the Company and Securities Law Journal and the Australian Business Law Review. He has also been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours Awards by being awarded an Order of Australia for services to the law.
Professor Baxt is also Consulting Editor for the Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice and author and co-author of a number of publications, including The Baxt Report and Corporations Legislation Annual.
Dr Paul Ali is an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne Law School and a member of the Law School’s Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation. Dr Ali has published widely on banking and finance law, corporate governance and institutional investment law, securitisation law, and structured finance law. Dr Ali’s most recent publications include books on credit derivatives and synthetic securitisation.
Dr Ali was a member of the Personal Property Securities Review Consultative Group which advised the Federal Attorney-General on the Personal Property Securities Bill. He has also participated in joint India-IMF and Malaysia-IMF training programs, in an IMF project on derivatives in emerging markets and in a KfW project on financial sector development in emerging markets.
Dr RP Austin, Senior Legal Consultant, Minter Ellison
The Hon RI Barrett, former Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales
Priscilla Bryans, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, Melbourne
Professor John Farrar, Emeritus Professor of Law, Bond University; Professor of Corporate Governance, University of Auckland Business School
Professor Jennifer Hill, Professor of Corporate Law, University of Sydney Law School
Russell Miller AM, Adjunct Professor, Australian National University; Minter Ellison, Canberra & Sydney
Professor James O’Donovan, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia
Professor Ian M Ramsay, Harold Ford Professor of Commercial Law, University of Melbourne
Justice Ralph Simmonds, Supreme Court of Western Australia
Geof Stapledon, Group Manager Governance, BHP Billiton, London
Dr Gordon R Walker, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Company Law – Robert Baxt AO
Takeovers and Public Securities – Simon McKeon and Jonathan Farrer
Corporate Insolvency – Helen Anderson
Corporate Finance – Matthew Broderick
Securities Industry and Managed Investments – Pamela Hanrahan
Current Developments – Legal and Administrative – Herbert Smith Freehills
Accounting – Graham Peirson
Corporate Governance, Corporate Responsibility and Law – Jean du Plessis
Directors’ Duties – Rosemary Teele Langford
Shareholders’ Remedies – Elizabeth Boros
Overseas Section Editors
New Zealand – Gordon R Walker
United Kingdom and Europe – Alan Dignam
United States of America – Jeffrey Lawrence
Canada – P Anisman
Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia – Say Goo
The consolidated table of authors and articles for this Journal is available here.
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The latest Part of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes the following articles: “Directors’ Duties to Respect Human Rights in Offshore Operations and Supply Chains: An Emerging Paradigm” – Riana Cermak; and “Consumer Protection and Life Insurance Claims” – Andrew J Serpell. This issue also includes the following sections: Editorial; Corporate Insolvency – Helen Anderson: “Harmful Phoenix Activity and Disqualification from Managing Corporations: An Unenforceable Regime?” – Jasper Hedges, Helen Anderson, Ian Ramsay and Michelle Welsh; and New Zealand – Gordon R Walker: “McIntosh v Fisk  NZSC 78: New Zealand’s Largest Ponzi Scheme and the Liquidator’s Clawback Powers: The Supreme Court Decision” – Trish Keeper.
The latest Part of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes the following articles: “Imposing Fiduciary Duties on Credit Rating Agencies Towards Investors” – Meena Hanna; “Whistleblowing and Corporate Governance: Regulating to Reap the Governance Benefits of ‘Institutionalised’ Whistleblowing” – Sulette Lombard and Vivienne Brand; and “From Damages to Disgorgement: Civil Remedies for Insider Trading in Australia” – Mark Watts. This issue also includes the following sections: Editorial; Vale: “Bob Baxt” – Rosemary Langford; Current Developments – Legal and Administrative: “Australian Securities and Investments Commission v Flugge: Section 180 Strikes Again” – Tim Bednall; Corporate Finance: “Refinancing Purchase Money Security Interests: A Note on Allied Distribution Finance Pty Ltd v Samwise Holdings Pty Ltd” – Anthony Duggan; Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia: “Confucian Teaching as an Ethical Compass in Business” – Charles KN Lam and Professor SH Goo; Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility: “An Analysis of the Business Objectives of the Largest Listed Companies in Australia, The United Kingdom and the United States” – Ian Ramsay and Belinda Sandonato; and New Zealand: “Crowd-Sourced Funding, Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings in Australia and New Zealand” – Dr Gordon Walker.
The latest Part of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes the following articles: “Catching Pre-insolvency Advisors: The Hidden Culprits of Illegal Phoenix Activity” – Helen Anderson and Jasper Hedges; “Personal Financial Product Advice under the Corporations Act” – RP Austin and Michael Vrisakis; “Commercial Litigation under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) – Part II” – Matthew Broderick and Dr David Morrison; “‘Persons Who Commonly Invest’: Who Are They?” – Andrew Eastwood; and “Financial Advisers – New Remuneration Constraints and Competency Requirements Addressing Perverse Incentives and Poor Advice” – Julie-Anne Tarr. This issue also includes the following sections: Editorial; Corporate Finance – Matthew Broderick: “et-Off and the PPSA: A Note on Hamersley Iron Pty Ltd V Forge Group Power Pty Ltd (In Liq)” – Anthony Duggan; Directors’ Duties – Dr Rosemary Teele Langford: “Breaches of Duty by Corporate Officers and Directors: Accessory Liability, Account of Profits and Causation” – Pauline Ridge; Corporate Insolvency – Helen Anderson: “To Prioritise or not to Prioritise: The Question of Prepayment Consumer Creditors” – Professor Christopher Symes and Dr Beth Nosworthy.
Featuring an obituary penned by the Hon Reg Barrett, the Australian Law Journal has joined the legal profession in paying tribute to Professor Bob Baxt AO, one of the Journal’s most longstanding section editors and contributors, following the news of his passing on 11 March 2018.
Thomson Reuters was saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Bob Baxt AO on 11 March 2018. “Professor Baxt was renowned for his longstanding commitment and contribution to business law in Australia,” the Managing Director of Thomson Reuters Legal ANZ, Jackie Rhodes said. “He was one of our leading authors and will be greatly missed by all.”
With the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry now underway, the Company and Securities Law Journal’s (C&SLJ) just published Special Issue on Customer Protection in the Financial Services Industry (Volume 35 Part 7) is timely. In his editorial, Bob Baxt spoke of being “overwhelmed” by the number of court cases ...more
Company and Securities Law Journal update: Vol 35 Pt 7 (Special Issue: Financial Services Protections)
The latest Part of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes the following articles: “Whither Customer Protection in Financial Services?” – M Scott Donald; “Regulating for Fairness in the Australian Funds Management Industry” – M Scott Donald; “Fairness and Financial Services: Revisiting the Enforcement Framework” – Pamela Hanrahan; “The Fairness Rationale for Customer Advocacy in the Financial Sector” – Dimity Kingsford Smith; and “Suitability” – Gail Pearson. This issue also includes the following section: Editorial; Special Issue on Protections in the Financial Services Industry – Robert Baxt AO.
The latest Part of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes the following articles: “Speed in Decision-making: An Assessment of the Australian Takeovers Panel” – Emma Armson; “Dick Smith Inventories: The Evidence of Accounting Irregularities” – Jeffrey Knapp and Per Tronnes; Shareholders’ Remedies: “Clarification Regarding Past Oppression – Exton v Extons Pty Ltd” – Dr Elizabeth Boros; Takeovers and Public Securities: “Statements Of Intention In Takeovers – ASIC Reconsidering The Policy Settings?” – Hal Lloyd.
The latest Part of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes the following articles: “ASIC Enforcement Outcomes: Trends and Analysis” – Ian Ramsay and Miranda Webster; “Voluntary Administration Outcomes: Evidence from Listed Companies During the Financial Crisis” – Dr James Routledge. This issue also includes the following sections: Editorial; Company Law – Robert Baxt AO: “A New Penalty Regime for the Corporations Act” – Professor Bob Baxt; Directors’ Duties – Dr Rosemary Teele Langford: “Stakeholder Interests and the Duty of Care” – Dr Rosemary Teele Langford; Book Review: “Effective Company Disclosure in the Digital Age” – by Gill North – reviewed by Andrew Godwin.
The latest Part of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes the following articles: “Litigation Funding and Liquidators – The New Zealand Court of Appeal Takes a Permissive Approach” – Victoria Stace; “Who Bears the Burden for Business Losses: To What Extent Are Liability Issues of Business Structures Taught in Australian Accounting Degrees?” – Dale Boccabella and Dr Brett Freudenberg; “Whistleblowing Reforms: A Critical Analysis of the Current Law and the New “Bells and Whistles” Proposed” – Jim Apollo Mathiopoulos, Katrina Hogan and Jean Jacques du Plessis; Corporate Insolvency – Helen Anderson: “No “Silver Bullet”: A Multifaceted Approach to Curbing Harmful Phoenix Activity” – by Jasper Hedges, Helen Anderson, Ian Ramsay and Michelle Welsh.