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Case S362/2011

International Litigation Partners Pte Ltd v. Chameleon Mining NL (Receivers and Managers Appointed) and Ors

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

15/03/2011 Supreme Court of New South Wales (Court of Appeal) (Giles, Hodgson and Young JJA)

[2011] NSWCA 50


Corporations law — Financial products — Litigation funding — Parties entered into funding deed under which applicant ("ILP") was to fund proceedings brought by first respondent ("CHM") ("Funding Deed") — Clause 4 of Funding Deed provided for early termination fee in event of change of control of CHM — CHM granted fixed and floating charge in favour of ILP as security for payment of moneys owed ("Charge") — CHM entered agreement with second respondent, Cape Lambert Resources Ltd ("CLR"), under which CLR provided standby facility to CHM in exchange for charge over CHM's assets — CHM notified ILP that it disputed ILP's entitlement to payment under funding deed on basis that ILP engaged in unlicensed financial services business in Australia and notified rescission of funding deed under s 925A of Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ("Act) — ILP appointed receivers to CHM under Charge — Primary judge upheld ILP's entitlement to engage in litigation funding absent an Australian Financial Services License ("AFSL") and its right to early termination fee but dismissed claim to further payment — Whether Funding Deed a financial product within meaning of ss 762A-762C, 763A and 763C of Act as facility through which, or through acquisition of which, a person manages financial risk — If Funding Deed a statutory financial product, whether reasonable to assume that any financial product purpose of Funding Deed an incidental purpose such that Funding Deed not a financial product pursuant to s 763E of Act — If Funding Deed a statutory financial product, whether a credit facility within meaning of s 765A(h)(i) of Act and regs 7.1.06(1) and (3) of Corporations Regulations 2001 (Cth) and consequently excluded from being a financial product — Whether litigation funder required to comply with provisions of Act engaged by issuing of financial product, including requirement to obtain AFSL pursuant to s 911A of Act — Whether Funding Deed validly rescinded by CHM pursuant to s 925A(1) of Act.

Short Particulars


28/10/2011 Hearing (SLA, Sydney)

10/11/2011 Notice of appeal

24/11/2011 Written submissions (Appellant)

24/11/2011 Chronology (Appellant)

15/12/2011 Written submissions (First Respondent)

16/12/2011 Written submissions (Second Respondent)

23/12/2011 Reply

20/06/2012 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)

05/10/2012 Judgment  (Judgment summary)