This article focuses on some of the litigation and other developments following the recent spate of corporate collapses in Australia. It gives a basic background to abuses of the 1980s, followed by a short description of some of ASIC's statutory powers. The remaining parts of the article focus on the role ASIC played in instituting actions against the directors of some of the collapsed corporations and in particular what ASIC seeks to achieve with high profile litigation. The article concludes that there is no doubt that in the aftermath of these massive corporate collapses ASIC fulfilled its role as the primary Australian corporate regulator with assiduousness. However, it also draws attention to the fact that the challenges for ASIC now will be to play a far more active role in assuring that signs of corporate collapses are detected at the earliest possible juncture. This will probably mean that ASIC's focus will have to be more and more on monitoring companies, rather than on its role as regulator and enforcer in the strict sense of the word.
Field of Research
180109 Corporations and Associations Law
Socio Economic Objective
970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
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