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15 September 2021

International Construction Law Conference 2021

King’s College London, Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, in collaboration with The Academy of Experts presents International Construction Law Conference 2021 Wednesday 15 September 2021 , held online and in person (restrictions permitting)* at King's College London starting at 09...
06 August 2021

New ISO whistleblowing guidelines: implications for Australian and global businesses

New guidelines for whistleblower management systems have been recently released by ISO (the International Organisation for Standardisation) (ISO 37002:2021).
05 August 2021

Future of Work: Technology in the workplace – friend or foe?

The changes that have been thrust upon employers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the speed with which employers have adapted to them, have undeniably transformed the world of work. Technology has been at the core of much of this. It seems hard to fathom now, but 18 months ago many of us...
03 August 2021

Shipwrecked in the Federal Court: ACCC suffers comprehensive loss against NSW Ports

The Federal Court has handed down its decision in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v NSW Ports Operations Hold Co Pty Ltd [2021] FCA 720, rejecting the ACCC’s case that the NSW State Government’s port privatisation process contravened the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ( CCA )...
03 August 2021

Herbert Smith Freehills advises Airtel Africa on US$200 million investment from QIA, valuing its mobile money business at US$2.65 billion

This transaction follows earlier investments from TPG's The Rise Fund and MasterCard
03 August 2021

Integrating Circular Policies: Closing the Loop

The transition towards a circular economy is central to global sustainability objectives. These objectives include the United Nations (UN) sustainable development goals, with its target to substantially reduce waste generation by 2030 through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse, and the...
02 August 2021

“Why cannot our own creations also create?”: AI systems can be patent inventors in Australia

An artificial intelligence system is capable of being named as an “inventor” of patentable subject matter, according to the Federal Court’s recent decision in Thaler v Commissioner of Patents . 1 Subject to any appeal, this decision has salient implications for the ways in which inventorship,...
30 July 2021

Australian Foreign Investment Review July 2021

In this edition, we examine foreign investment into Australia over the past 12-18 months and how this has been impacted by COVID-19 and the new foreign investment regime which commenced on 1 January 2021.
29 July 2021

Clearer guidance has arrived: The Takeovers Panel’s revised Equity Derivatives Guidance Note to come into effect from October 2021

The Takeovers Panel has given notice that the revised Guidance Note 20 on Equity Derivatives will come into effect from Monday, 4 October 2021. This article provides a reminder of the key changes contained in the new Guidance Note 20 on Equity Derivatives that market participants and their legal...
29 July 2021

Takeovers in the UK: addressing the proliferation of global regulatory approvals – recent changes to the UK's Takeover Code, effective 5 July 2021

The rules in the UK's Takeover Code relating to conditions to an offer and the offer timetable have been amended. The changes align the UK Takeover Panel's treatment of EU and UK merger control conditions with its approach to clearances in other jurisdictions; simplify the offer timetable; and make...
28 July 2021

Arbitration is on the rise in Australia

The arbitration industry is booming in Australia. Between 2017 and 2019, the total amount in dispute in arbitrations with an Australian connection exceeded A$35 billion. Like any successful industry, success does not happen in a vacuum.
28 July 2021

New law on escalation clauses in Hong Kong

Key judgment on arbitration clauses affecting thousands of commercial contracts Many commercial contracts contain "escalation clauses"requiring parties to take certain steps before formal arbitration begins – such as a requirement to "negotiate in good faith" before starting arbitration.
28 July 2021

Hot topics in Construction Arbitration

The past year has been a turbulent time for the global construction industry, with many construction projects around the world having been affected in some form or another by delays, disruption and cost overruns arising directly or indirectly from the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst there have been...
28 July 2021

Energy transition and the impact on disputes

28 July 2021

The Future of Consumer – 2021 APAC predictions

2020 presented a number of significant challenges with Covid-19 accelerating some of the existing trends in the consumer sector – and we expect to see these issues driving some real turning points in 2021, as our Asia-Pacific Consumer team will explore in this series. Trust continues to be a major...