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Legal Briefings | 19 July 2017

Apology legislation passed in Hong Kong: What does it mean for you?

On 13 July, Hong Kong’s Legislative Council passed a law (the Apology Law) intended to facilitate the resolution of civil disputes in the territory. The Apology Law, which is expected to be gazetted and come into force shortly, reforms the legal consequences of making any sort of apology (written,...
Events | 18 July 2017

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Conference

The advent of connected and autonomous driving technology is being hailed by many as a revolution in the automotive sector. But this is not the only sector that may be radically altered. The possible applications of this technology are far reaching and straddle a variety of different sectors...
Legal Briefings | 17 July 2017

Update: Reviewed Mining Charter (2017)

On 14 July 2017, the Chamber of Mines (" the Chamber ") released a media statement advising that the Minister of Mineral Resources had given a written undertaking that both he and the Department of Mineral Resources (" DMR "), would not implement or apply the provisions of the Reviewed Mining...
Legal Briefings | 17 July 2017


A new Value Added Tax (VAT) is to be introduced in the Gulf States with effect from 1 January 2018. Outline details of the tax are set out in a Treaty issued by the GCC in May 2017 which will be supplemented by Regulations and Guidance issued by the States. This article is the first of a series of...
Legal Briefings | 11 July 2017

Australian SIV and PIV regime under review by Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection ( DIBP ) is consulting on proposed amendments to the Significant Investor Visa ( SIV ) and Premium Investor Visa ( PIV ) regime ( Consultation ) following DIBP’s review of Australia investment visas.
Legal Briefings | 11 July 2017

Arbitration in India: Dispute resolution in the world's largest democracy

'Incredible India' (as the tourist marketing campaign describes it) has an economy growing at 7% a year, a population of 1.2 billion of whom some 65% are below the age of 35, and an outward-facing, English speaking business community boasting international players in steel, manufacturing,...
Legal Briefings | 11 July 2017

Corporate crime update, July 2017

Welcome to the July 2017 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update covers a number of jurisdictions summarised below. Click read more for the full article of each jursidiction.
Legal Briefings | 11 July 2017

Government releases proposals to regulate financial benchmarks

The Government has released proposals to reform the regulation of financial benchmarks in Australia. Firms which rely on benchmarks to provide financial services or which provide services against benchmarks should be aware of these proposals and consider making a submission in respect of the...
Guides | 06 July 2017

Inside Arbitration

In a global business it can often be difficult to get to know your colleagues in other offices and locations. You may deal with them by email or over the phone, but that rarely equates to understanding how, or why, they came to be doing the work they do today or the additional skills and...
Audio and Video | 03 July 2017

CEO Mark Rigotti on what matters to clients on diversity and inclusion

Senior business journalist James Ashton spoke to CEO Mark Rigotti.
Legal Briefings | 30 June 2017

Australian Foreign Investment Review June 2017

We are delighted to welcome you to the June 2017 edition of Herbert Smith Freehills Australian Foreign Investment Review.
Guides | 29 June 2017

General Counsel Update, June 2017

This is the latest in our series of general counsel updates which aim to summarise major developments in key areas. Please see a summary of contents below and you can click download above for a full copy. For more information, please contact Simone Pearlman , Editor.
Legal Briefings | 28 June 2017

The Unified patent court and unitary patent – Introduction

26 of the 28 European Union Member States (MSs) have participated in the enhanced cooperation needed to establish a new patent right – the European Patent with Unitary Effect, otherwise known as the unitary patent ( UP ). This new right will become available as soon as the new court system - the...
Legal Briefings | 28 June 2017

Pulse restored to scheme after side deal and voting commitment

In an important recent decision, the Supreme Court of NSW has concluded that a target shareholder that gave a bidder an undertaking to vote in favour of a scheme of arrangement, in circumstances where the bidder acquired a number of assets from persons connected with the shareholder, was not...
Legal Briefings | 28 June 2017

How final is a ‘best and final’ takeover offer?

Amidst the highly regulated and prescriptive takeovers regime in Australia, it is not clear how long – if at all – a bidder must remain on the sidelines if it declares its bid ‘best and final’ but is not successful in taking over the target. This article considers the current state of affairs and...