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WHAT IS A GENERAL SECURITY AGREEMENT ('GSA')?

You may have been asked to enter into a General Security Agreement (‘GSA’) to provide security over your assets to a third party, before that party will advance you money, goods or services. What does this mean? Click the heading above to find out.
Written by Default at 15:00

PRE-EMPTIVE RIGHTS: WHAT ARE THEY AND WHEN DO THEY APPLY?

Are you a shareholder in a company? Do you know if pre-emptive rights apply to you? Click the heading above to find out.
Written by James Moran at 09:00

COMPANIES ACT UPDATE: CHANGES TO FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR SMALL COMPANIES

Are you a shareholder in a company with fewer than 10 shareholders? Due to recent changes to the Companies Act that came into force on 1 April 2014, you no longer have the obligation to prepare general purpose financial statements (even if you are trading in business). Click the heading above to read more...
Written by Lisa Kristensen at 09:00

ARE YOU COVERED FOR INDEMNIFICATION AND INSURANCE?

It’s a fundamental principle of company law that a company is a legal entity in its own right; independent from its shareholders and governed by its directors. However, directors and employees can still be personally liable for their acts or omissions. Click the heading above to find out more.
Written by Mark O'Donnell at 09:00

ALERT TO CONTRACTORS - LAW CHANGES THAT WILL IMPACT THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

The construction industry faces proposed changes to the Construction Contracts Act 2002 and new consumer laws for residential building contracts under the Building Act 2004. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Alister Moran at 09:00

LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS - CHANGES ARE COMING

Come 1 September 2014 all new Limited Partnerships will be subject to new requirements set out in the Limited Partnerships Amendment Act 2014.
Written by Kylie van Heerden at 09:00

PARENTAL LEAVE - THE BIRTH OF SOMETHING NEW?

Managing an employee on parental leave can be full of hidden traps. To help make it easier the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is seeking feedback on modernising parental leave. Click the heading above to find out how you can be involved.
Written by Shima Grice at 09:00

SHAREHOLDER COMMUNICATION - THE MODERN WAY

Do you solely use the post to communicate with your shareholders? Click the heading above to learn how communications with shareholders can be paperless.
Written by James Moran at 09:00

COMPANY LAW: IMPORTANT CHANGES

On 24 June 2014, legislation came into force amending the Companies Act 1993 (the “Act”) and the Limited Partnership Act 2008. Click the heading above to read more.
Written by Mark O'Donnell at 09:00

NEW PROTECTION FOR CONSUMERS UNDER THE CONSUMERS GUARANTEE ACT

From 17 June 2014 consumers will receive greater statutory protection under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (“the Act”), specifically, the time at which consumers acquire rights to goods (time of supply is confirmed) and a new guarantee is added to the existing protections offered by the Act as to the time of delivery (guarantee as to delivery). Click the heading above to read more.
Written by James Moran at 09:00

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