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?”
Edmund Finnane is a barrister at Thirteen Wentworth Selborne Chambers in Sydney and a Director of the Commercial Law Association of Australia.
Edmund earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the Australian National University, and completed his Master of Laws at the University of New South Wales. Before coming to the Bar in 1997, he was a solicitor with Madgwick Partners. He practises in a wide range of areas, with special relevant interests in insolvency, company, general commercial law and equity.
Edmund is the co-author of the books Pleading Precedents and Equity Practice and Precedents, the 2019 edition (2nd) of which is to be published shortly. He has also had articles published in the Law Society Journal and the Commercial Law Quarterly, and has been writing annotations for the Corporations Legislation volumes of Thomson Reuters since 2010.
Associate Professor Paul Ali, Associate Professor of Law, Melbourne Law School
The Hon Dr RP Austin, Barrister, Level 22 Chambers; Challis Lecturer in Corporate Law, The University of Sydney
The Hon RI Barrett, Former Judge of Appeal, Supreme Court of New South Wales
Priscilla Bryans, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
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 – Edmund Finnane
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 and Corporate Social Responsibility – Jean du Plessis
Directors’ Duties – Rosemary Teele Langford
Shareholders’ Remedies – Elizabeth Boros
Overseas Section Editors
New Zealand and South Pacific – Gordon R Walker
United Kingdom and Europe – Alan Dignam
United States of America – Jeffrey Lawrence
Hong Kong, China and South East Asia – 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 publishes three interesting articles on a range of subjects. The first article places the Ripoll Committee’s recommendation for a statutory fiduciary duty for financial services licensees in the broader context of regulatory responses to financial adviser conflicts of interest. The second article analyses the future of financial advice reforms and argues that the broader implications of these proposals need to be examined. The final article considers the implications of the United Kingdom Supreme Court decision in Belmont Park Investments Pty Ltd v BNY Corporate Trustee Services Ltd  1 AC 383 for Australian law.
The May issue of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes articles and sections on a range of topics of interest. This Part has two articles which look at the extensive reforms which have taken place in the small loans sector and voluntary administration and the protection of employee entitlements. The sections include notes on circumstances giving rise to a claim, takeovers and public securities, proportional increase in holding, fraud in Chinese reverse mergers, the Singapore Companies Act and much more.
The latest issue of the Company and Securities Law Journal contains three interesting articles covering the topics of the contributions of the Centro case to the evolution of the law of directors’ duties towards a more managerial model; the nature of the role of the listed public company board in Australia and the United States; and related party transactions in New Zealand.
The February 2012 issue of C&SLJ includes articles on the avenues available to directors to protect themselves from liability for insolvent trading and the role and utility of opinions rendered by independent financial advisers for public takeovers in Singapore. The Company law section includes an empirical study of company securities trading policies. The Corporate finance section has Pt 2 of Omar Salah’s examination of the legal infrastructure of sukuk structures. Finally, the Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia section discusses insider dealing in Hong Kong.
The last issue of the Company and Securities Law Journal for 2011 includes articles on personal liability for corporate disclosure problems and the truth about limited liability with relation to equity investors in a unit trust. There is also a Corporate insolvency section discussing shadow directors and Buzzle v Apple, and a Corporate finance section discussing mining joint ventures and the legal infrastructure of sukuk structures.
The October 2011 Part of the Company and Securities Law Journal has articles on continuous disclosure in Australia and the obligations and liabilities of the key players in managed investment schemes in the context of the Trio Capital/Astarra fraud investigation. This Part also includes a Corporate Finance section discussing mining joint ventures and securitisation of residential mortgage-backed securities. Finally the Note from New Zealand focuses on a new financial markets law.
This Special Issue is in honour of ASIC’s 20th anniversary and combines Parts 5 and 6 of Volume 29. It contains five articles that focus on various interesting points in ASIC’s history, including a comprehensive record of ASIC’s participation in matters before the Takeovers Panel, insider trading and market misconduct, the limits of disclosure and investor education in a retail market, the regulation of managed investments and the development of Australia’s continuous disclosure regime.
The June 2011 issue of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes content on a range of topics, including the need to change the Australian framework for insolvent trading and directors’ fear of personal liability for the conduct of a corporation. There is also a section on Corporate Finance and a note from New Zealand.
In a surprising, but welcome, move, the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, has announced the scrapping of the prescriptive quality indicators for journals.
The grading of journals as A*, A, B or C will no longer be applied and these gradings will no longer be the indicators of research excellence.
The May 2011 Issue of the Company and Securities Law Journal includes articles on the whether or not litigation funders add value to corporate governance in Australia and how private equity deals have been subject to increased academic, professional and policy interest. This Part also includes a note about Directors’ duties and corporate governance as well as an Overseas Note from New Zealand.