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20 July 2020

COVID-19 Capital Raisings – what we learnt

The COVID-19 capital raisings resulted in an unprecedented amount of funds being raised by Australian businesses in a very short period – in excess of A$26 billion. This was in part facilitated by regulatory changes implemented by ASX and ASIC, which made it easier to raise funds.
20 July 2020

Pressure Points: The French State guarantee extended to factoring (France)

The French National Assembly has passed, at first reading, an amendment proposed by the Government, to the third draft of the amended finance bill for 2020. The purpose of this amendment is to supplement the terms of Article 6 of the amended finance bill for 2020 No. 2020-289 dated 23 March 2020...
20 July 2020

Pressure points: IOSCO proposes updated Outsourcing Principles as Covid-19 drives operational resilience to the top of the agenda (Global)

Having initially delayed its planned consultation exercise to allow the financial services sector to focus on responding to Covid-19, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) subsequently found the pandemic a catalyst to proceed. Therefore, at the end of May, IOSCO launched...
20 July 2020

Governance: Prime Minister commits to a future independent inquiry into UK Government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis (UK)

Following demands from the opposition and various campaigning groups, the Prime Minister has now committed to an independent inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In previous weeks, the Government had been reluctant to publicly commit to an inquiry, but this pledge in the House of...
17 July 2020

Sustainable finance in Hong Kong: HKMA shares initial thinking on supervisory approach and range of practices by banks

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority ( HKMA ) has recently published its White Paper on Green and Sustainable Banking , as well as a circular to share a range of practices adopted by major authorised institutions ( AIs ) for managing climate risks ( 7 July Circular ). These form part of a series of...
17 July 2020

The Taxonomy Regulation: an overview

On 18 June 2020, the European Parliament adopted the regulation on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment [1] (the Taxonomy Regulation), a milestone in the EU’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance (the Action Plan). It has since been published in the Official Journal...
16 July 2020

GOVERNANCE - Wasted Breath? Insolvency Reforms in Response to COVID-19 (UK)

This article first appeared in Volume 17, Issue 4 of International Corporate Rescue and is reprinted with the permission of Chase Cambria Publishing .
16 July 2020

Exploring Opportunities: A Catalyst for Progress in International Arbitration? (Global)

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, infection rates in many countries are starting to fall, and businesses and governments alike are seeking to establish a “new normal” recognising that the virus will be present in society for some time yet. Other countries still face climbing numbers and a peak...
15 July 2020

UK Supreme Court clarifies availability of construction adjudication regime in insolvency

In what is likely to be one of this year’s landmark insolvency decisions, the Supreme Court in Bresco v Lonsdale has considered the interaction between insolvency set-off and adjudication, though the judgment is likely to have application to other dispute resolution processes including litigation...
15 July 2020

Future Cities Series: Examining the post-Covid relationship between cities and data

From public transport to cultural scenes and social gatherings, urban areas have faced a series of unique challenges in the fight against Covid-19. The key weapon in this fight has been the use of data – both in the shorter-term as cities have sought to contain the outbreak and recover, and also in...
15 July 2020

Future Cities Series: Real Estate in a post-Covid world

There is no doubt that Covid-19 will have a significant and long lasting effect on the real estate sector. The sector will not return to the way it was and we will see the impact of the pandemic permeate all parts of the industry for years to come. It is important for real estate players to pre-...
15 July 2020

Pressure Points: Corporate Crime & Investigations in the time of COVID-19 (Global)

At our recent Corporate Crime & Investigations webinar, over 100 clients identified their Financial Crime related concerns arising from, and the measures they have adopted in response to, the Covid-19 crisis.
15 July 2020

Future Cities Series: Tech-driven supply chains to help shape future cities

The criticality of global supply chains to not only economic strength but also societal health has been brought into sharp focus by the Covid-19 pandemic. As economies look towards pathways to recovery and resilience, supply considerations will be paramount. Additionally, policy responses to the...
15 July 2020

Future Cities Series: Technology and Telecommunications key to transforming future cities

The effects of Covid-19 have been felt around the world. The pandemic has significantly impacted the technology and telecommunications sectors, but simultaneously these sectors are being posited as major drivers to lift urban areas and their residents out of the current crisis through sustainable...
15 July 2020

Where is the balance now? Preliminary injunctions in pharmaceutical patent proceedings in 2020 and beyond

Recent decisions of the Federal Court of Australia have significantly changed the way in which parties to pharmaceutical patent litigation should analyse and approach preliminary injunction applications. While previously a patentee could generally expect to obtain a preliminary injunction if their...