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ACBC NSW: Briefing - Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme

15 April 2019

ACBC NSW, in association with MinterEllison, is pleased to offer an important briefing on the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme (FITS) Act 2018 and its implications for business people engaged in activities in and with China.

Event Overview

With the commencement of the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme (FITS) Act 2018, persons acting on behalf of foreign principals are required to register arrangements that can influence government decision-making and political processes. A broad set of rules apply to address the issue of foreign influence in Australia, through the requirement to register and make transparent certain arrangements.

There are severe penalties for non-compliance with FITS and we encourage all our members to attend this important briefing session, which will include an opportunity to have your questions answered. You are also invited to stay for networking over a light lunch.

Attend this briefing session to hear about the FITS, including issues such as:

  • Who is a foreign principal?
  • What kinds of activities will be caught?
  • When will I need to register activities done by my business?

Event Details

Date: Monday, 15 April 2019.

Registration: 11.45am arrival and registration.

Start time: 12pm.

Finish time: 2pm (includes light lunch and networking)

Event Status: Members and non-members.

Venue: MinterEllison, Level 40, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

Format: Briefing (presentation and question time).

Member Tickets: Complimentary.

Non-Member Tickets: $60 Non-Member (plus GST and eventbrite processing fees).

Speaker Bio - Mellissa Lai, Senior Associate, MinterEllison

Mellissa Lai is a senior associate in the MinterEllison Capital Markets and Corporate team and a key member of the foreign investment advisory practice.

She has assisted clients in a number of industries following the introduction of the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Act.

She has also acted on numerous high-profile M&A, real estate and equity capital market transactions from a foreign investment advisory perspective, including assisting private foreign clients and foreign government investors in the healthcare, agribusiness, aged care, real estate, major infrastructure, energy and resources and education sectors.

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