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05 December 2019

EVENT: Breakfast Panel Event with Lionheart and RE:Women

Herbert Smith Freehills, together with Lionheart and RE:Women, invite you to a breakfast panel discussion on: "Building the foundations for good mental health"
15 November 2019

The Lloyds/HBOS litigation: The first shareholder class action judgment in England & Wales

The first judgment in a shareholder class action in England & Wales has been handed down by the High Court today in Sharp v Blank [2019] EWHC 3078 (Ch) (also known as The Lloyds/HBOS litigation ).
14 November 2019

Employees’ consent to data processing soon to be made electronic under German data protection law

When it comes to employment-related data processing, employers in Germany are regularly required to obtain consent from their employees by seeking their wet ink signature to be on the safe side. This additional administrative burden may soon be a thing of the past according to the recently approved...
13 November 2019

One year of Model Declaratory Action in Germany – taking stock and outlook

Fuelled by revelations consequent of the Volkswagen diesel emissions technology cases, the German legislator hastily introduced a new law on Model Declaratory Action ( Musterfeststellungsklage ). This denotes an important step by the German legislator into the direction of collective redress in B2C...
13 November 2019

Australian M&A Podcast

On the new Herbert Smith Freehills Podcast channel, our experts discuss mergers and acquisitions issues in Australia.
12 November 2019

Beneficial Ownership – Implementation, Supervision and Sanctions

If you only hold minority shares in a company, can you be considered a beneficial owner of that company from an Indonesian regulatory perspective? If the answer is “yes,” should your name be reported to the Indonesian authorities? Up to what level of ownership is a company required to disclose the...
12 November 2019

Casting the regulatory net over virtual assets – SFC finalises new regulatory framework for virtual asset trading platforms

On 6 November 2019, the Security and Futures Commission ( SFC ) issued a position paper setting out a new regulatory framework for the licensing of centralised virtual asset trading platforms, following the SFC’s conceptual framework issued last year.
11 November 2019

Landlords' remedies for tenant/guarantor insolvency (a short case study)

A case study of what to look out for when a tenant or its guarantor is looking like it is heading for financial difficulties
11 November 2019

Brexit Legal Guide 2019

With just weeks until the Brexit deadline, businesses must now do what they can to put their plans into practice and take any final steps to build resilience.
11 November 2019

Real Estate Podcast

On the new Herbert Smith Freehills Podcast channel, our experts discuss Real Estate and Planning issues in the UK.
08 November 2019

Seeking closure: how to minimise deal disruption

Mergers and acquisitions are increasingly taking longer to close. This is due in large part to the rapid rise in the number of antitrust regimes around the world and the increased willingness of antitrust regulators to intervene in transactions. Protracted deal timetables also mean that a...
06 November 2019

Abu Dhabi Global Market issues new employment regulations

The Abu Dhabi Global Market (" ADGM ") has issued new employment regulations (the " New Regulations "), which will come into effect on 1 January 2020 and repeal the existing 2015 employment regulations (the " 2015 Regulations "). The New Regulations can be read in full here . This follows hot on...
06 November 2019


06 November 2019

Enforcing arbitration awards in EMEA Podcast

06 November 2019

To infinity and beyond: The Fairness Doctrine

The implications of the recent Full Federal Court decision in ASIC v Westpac Securities Administration Limited [2019] FCAFC 187 ( ASIC v Westpac ) are far-reaching for the financial services industry. The case is, of course, a significant development in the laws concerning the parameters of general...