Book Launch: Guide to New Zealand Companies and Securities Law Event as iCalendar

(Commercial Law)

10 December 2018


Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Level 3, Decima Glenn Room (310), 12 Grafton Road, Auckland, 1001

4:45pm for refreshments, for a 6pm start

The University of Auckland Business School and the New Zealand Centre for Business and Law are proud to invite you to this special book launch.

Guide to New Zealand Companies and Securities Law (9th ed., 2018), written by our very own Professor Julie Cassidy (general editor), Michael Josling, Dr Benjamin Liu and Dr Alan Toy, published by CCH New Zealand Limited.

About the book
This is the ninth edition of CCH’s popular companies and securities law text. Since the publication of the eighth edition there have been significant changes to commercial law. In many cases this involved substantial revision or a total rewrite of the relevant chapters. From a legislative perspective, the Financial Markets Authority Act 2011 (the FMA Act) established the Financial Markets Authority as a super-regulator to replace the Securities Commission. Two years later, the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013, the cornerstone legislation, was enacted replacing various pieces of legislation including the Securities Act 1978 and Securities Markets Act 1988. The Financial Reporting Act 2013, the related amendments to Pt 11 of the Companies Act, and the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 marked a significant change in the way that accounting, auditing and disclosure requirements apply to companies. Considerable changes have been effected in the area of disqualification of directors, in particular in regard to the powers of the Registrar and FMA to disqualify directors. In terms of directors duties under the Companies Act 1993, it is now a criminal offence under s 138A(1) if the director breaches s 131(1) acting in bad faith, believing the conduct is not in the best interests of the company and knowing that the conduct will cause serious loss to the company. Under new s 380(4) criminal liability for reckless/insolvent trading will arise when the director “knows” that the company is insolvent or that the debt will render it insolvent and the failure to prevent the company incurring the debt is “dishonest”. An appreciation of these changes to law are of vital importance to not just lawyers and accountants, but any person involved in business.

There will be copies of the book available at the event.

For more information regarding this event please contact Tiffany Peters

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About the authors

Professor Julie Cassidy (General Editor)
Julie Cassidy is Professor of Law and Taxation at the University of Auckland’s, Department of Commercial Law. Julie has been teaching company law since 1987, her other primary areas of teaching are in taxation, at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Through her considerable research record, including doctorate, publications and conference and seminar presentations, Julie has an established international reputation as a legal scholar. Julie is the general editor of this new edition and was responsible for updating the chapters on setting up a company, the company’s constitution, management of the company, company meetings and shareholder remedies.

Michael Josling
Michael Josling is a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law at the University of Auckland Business School. Prior to joining the Business School, Michael worked for a number of years at a major New Zealand law firm in its insolvency practice. He subsequently worked at the New Zealand Law Commission as a Senior Researcher on its insolvency law reform project. This led ultimately to the 2006 reforms (including voluntary administration). Michael researches and writes in the areas of personal and corporate insolvency. He is the author of chapters on corporate and personal insolvency schemes in the leading insolvency text “Heath and Whale: Insolvency Law in New Zealand”. Michael updated the chapters on receiverships, liquidators, voluntary administrations and reorganisations.

Dr Benjamin Liu
Dr Benjamin Liu is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, Department of Commercial Law. Before joining the University, Benjamin worked at international law firms and a leading European bank, specialising in financial derivatives and structured products. Benjamin teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in financial markets law, artificial intelligence and the law and contract law. Benjamin has published in both academic and professional journals, such as Capital Markets Law Journal, Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation, Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, Journal of Business Law, New Zealand Universities Law Review, New Zealand Business Law Quarterly, New Zealand Law Journal and LawTalk. Benjamin updated the chapters on borrowing, securities law, takeovers and insider trading.

Dr Alan Toy
Dr Alan Toy is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland Business School. He has previously worked as a senior tutor in this department and as a lecturer in Business Law at the University of Otago School of Business. Alan teaches undergraduate courses in the fields of employment law, business structures and finance & property law. Alan’s research is in the fields of data privacy law, employment law, auditing, company law and contract law.