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10 May 2021

London International Disputes Week 2021

10 – 14 May 2021 Herbert Smith Freehills is a proud founding member of LIDW. London International Disputes Week 2021 comes at a significant period for the UK legal sector, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, post-Brexit and amid an uncertain global political environment. Through a programme of...
03 March 2021

Developments in the ESG Bond Market: Sustainability-Linked Bonds and Transition Bonds

This is the third in a series of articles looking at the development of ESG in debt financing (the first and second can be found here and here ). In this article, we look at the ESG bond market and focus in particular on sustainability-linked bonds and transition bonds. We will discuss the...
02 March 2021

UK Government publishes revised sector definitions for mandatory notification under new national security screening regime

The UK Government has today published its response to the consultation on mandatory notification in specific sectors under the proposed new national security screening regime contained in the National Security and Investment Bill ( NSI Bill ). The NSI Bill is currently making its way through the...
02 March 2021

Contract disputes practical guides

Welcome to the home page for our series of contract disputes practical guides, designed to provide clients with practical guidance on some key issues that feature in disputes relating to commercial contracts under English law. Each edition comprises: a PDF guide (linked below); an hour-long webinar...
01 March 2021


Foreign direct investment in Malaysia has weathered the storms of 2020.
26 February 2021

Takeover Defence: Recent Trends, Themes and Tactics

In this article, we highlight some key aspects of public company M&A activity over the last 12 months and examine a number of themes that we have observed over that period.
26 February 2021

Flexible and bespoke bid conditions – protecting against material risks

In E&P Financial Group Limited [2021] ATP 1, the Takeovers Panel has confirmed that bidders have considerable latitude to craft and impose bid conditions that are designed to protect against material risks – subject always to the conditions not being prohibited by law or policy, such as...
26 February 2021


This is the latest in our series of general counsel updates which aim to summarise major developments in key areas.
26 February 2021

Private equity investments under the UK’s new national security screening regime

The implications of the UK’s proposed national security investment screening regime have been widely debated since the National Security and Investment Bill ( NSI Bill ) was introduced to Parliament on 11 November 2020.
26 February 2021

Judicial review and the life sciences and health sectors

The life sciences and healthcare sector is subject to complex regulation, and decisions of Government bodies can have a significant impact on the availability and production of pharmaceutical products.
25 February 2021

Event: In conversation with Sanjay Bhandari

The Herbert Smith Freehills Alumni Network and Multiculturalism Network are delighted to invite you to a Q&A style virtual event with Sanjay Bhandari , alumnus and Chair of football's equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out .
25 February 2021

Inside arbitration: Spotlight interview: Kath Sanger

Born and bred in Yorkshire, UK, Kath has lived and worked in Mainland China and Hong Kong since 2002. She joined our Hong Kong Arbitration Team as a Partner in October 2016, after many years in the Disputes team of Clifford Chance. Kath is a commercial arbitration specialist with a broad practice...
25 February 2021

Inside arbitration: ASIs to the rescue using anti-suit injunctions to protect an arbitration agreement

International, commercial parties overwhelmingly elect to arbitrate their cross-border disputes, rather than taking them to court. As a matter of law, an arbitration agreement ousts the jurisdiction of any national court to decide the substance of the dispute. Despite this, our clients increasingly...
25 February 2021

Inside Arbitration: A new frontier - What does the Brexit deal mean for cross-borderdispute resolution and for London-seated arbitration?

The transition period under the Withdrawal Agreement has now come to an end and, following the last minute announcement of a deal between the UK and EU on 30 December 2020, businesses across the world are assessing the practical implications of Brexit for doing business in the UK and the EU going...
25 February 2021

Inside Arbitration: Towards greener arbitrations Achieving greater environmental sustainability in the way we conduct arbitrations: An update