High Court of Australia

Australian Securities & Investments Commission v Lewski [2018] HCA 63

Australian Securities & Investments Commission v Wooldridge

Australian Securities & Investments Commission v Butler

Australian Securities & Investments Commission v Jaques

Australian Securities & Investments Commission v Clarke

13 Dec 2018

Case Number: M79/2018 M80/2018 M81/2018 M82/2018 M83/2018

Before

Kiefel CJ, Bell, Gageler, Keane, Edelman JJ

Catchwords

Companies – Managed investment schemes – Officers – Duties – Where each first respondent director of second respondent responsible entity of managed investment scheme – Where four directors resolved to amend scheme's constitution to introduce new fees payable to responsible entity out of scheme's assets – Where all five directors resolved to lodge and lodged amended constitution with Australian Securities & Investments Commission ("ASIC") – Where all five directors resolved to pay fees and caused payments to be made – Where ASIC alleged contraventions of Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) by responsible entity and directors – Where proceedings alleging contraventions in relation to amendment resolution time-barred – Whether amendments to constitution adversely affected members' rights – Whether Full Court erred in holding amendments valid from lodgement until set aside – Whether Full Court erred in holding no breaches of duty occurred because of honest belief that constitution validly amended – Whether Full Court erred in holding directors not involved in contravention of s 208 of Corporations Act by responsible entity.

Words and phrases – "adversely affect", "breach of duty", "essential element of the contravention", "financial benefit", "honest belief", "improper use of a position", "interests", "interim validity", "invalid", "involved in a contravention", "listing fee payments", "lodgement", "loyalty", "member approval", "members' rights".

Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) – Pt 5C. 3, ss 9, 79, 136, 208, 209(2), 229, 601FC, 601FD, 601GA(2), 601GC, 601LC, 1317K, 1318, 1322.
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