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20 July 2021

The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast on gambling law

This podcast, hosted by Steven Jacobs , will focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling laws past and present, telling the stories of the people affected by this sometimes-impenetrable and often-changing landscape, and providing insight on what will come next.
20 July 2021


20 July 2021

Sustainable Lending in Real Estate Finance

Sustainability is now firmly at the top of the agenda, but the term has an enormously wide scope. Mirroring the approach of the bond market, two categories of sustainable loan are developing: sustainability-linked loans, where key performance indicators are used to set sustainability performance...
20 July 2021

Virgin Territory: What are the Implications of Restructuring Plans for Defined Benefit Pension Schemes?

The judgment in Re Virgin Active Holdings Limited [2021] EWHC 1246 has empowered the use of restructuring plans under Part 26A to the Companies Act 2006 (‘RPs’) to compromise the rights of unsecured creditors based on evidence that they would receive little or no return on an insolvency.
19 July 2021

Full Federal Court gives Epic Games the green light to continue in its Australian proceedings against Apple – implications for competition enforcement

The Epic Games ( Epic ) v Apple proceedings are back in action, with the Full Court overturning the primary judge’s stay of the proceedings.
19 July 2021

The European Commission's strategy for financing the transition to a sustainable economy

16 July 2021

Federal Ministry of Finance reacts to the ruling of the Fiscal Court of Hesse on cum/cum trades

The German Federal Ministry of Finance has now reacted to the ruling regarding cum/cum-trades of the Fiscal Court of Hesse dated 28 January 2020 by way of two decrees (dated 9 July 2021 which were published today), and amended the previous decrees of 2017 on the "Tax Treatment of Cum/Cum...
15 July 2021

A virtual tour of Australia’s favourite art prize – The Archibald Prize

As a Presenting Partner of the Art Gallery of NSW, and Legal Partner of The Archibald Prize, we are pleased to share with you The Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes exhibition, available online as a 360-degree immersive experience that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. This self-guided visit shows...
15 July 2021

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Podcasts

Join our experts as they discuss and share their views on the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space covering areas such as underpayment compliance, annualised salary provisions, industrial manslaughter laws and what key...
15 July 2021

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Webinars

In case you missed it, you can access our previous Employment & IR briefing and Safety Leadership Series webinars below. Join our expert briefings for the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space. In these short sessions,...
14 July 2021

Emma and Rebekah Talk IP series: Unravelling the issues

In this podcast series, Australian partners Rebekah Gay and Emma Iles explore a variety of topics, issues and areas of intellectual property law.
14 July 2021

A General Counsel Guide to ESG

We're delighted to share with you a major new report exploring the key trends and pressure points as general counsel mobilise to help companies tackle the high-stakes environmental, social and governance (ESG) agenda. Drawing on 20 extensive interviews with legal chiefs at major companies across...
14 July 2021

EU Commission publishes draft revised VBER and Vertical Guidelines

On 9 July 2021, following a comprehensive consultation process, the EU Commission (Commission) published its proposals for a revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation ( Draft VBER ) and Draft Vertical Guidelines , due to replace the current regime which expires on 31 May 2022. The previous...
09 July 2021

Consultation paper released on financial services licensing exemptions for foreign financial service providers

Background to the consultation paper In the Federal budget delivered on 11 May 2021, the Federal Government announced a U-turn in relation to the proposed cessation of the existing licensing exemptions for foreign financial service providers ( FFSPs ), declaring that the Federal Government: would...
09 July 2021

UPC latest news

UPC takes a big step forward as German Constitutional Court rejects further challenges