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07 May 2019

London International Disputes Week 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be supporting the inaugural London International Disputes Week (LIDW), which takes place between 7 and 10 May 2019.
04 April 2019

Paris Arbitration Week 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be supporting Paris Arbitration Week (PAW) 2019, which takes place between 1 and 5 April 2019.
15 February 2019

NSW Security of Payment reform: what you need to know

The latest round of amendments to NSW’s security of payment legislation, the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (the Act ) have now been passed. 1
15 February 2019

Climate change impacts used to reject new NSW coal mine

Proponents seeking consent for new projects, or modifications of existing projects, with ‘material’ greenhouse gas emissions across all industries in NSW should carefully assess climate change impacts, particularly if the proposal is not ‘carbon neutral’.
14 February 2019

Global M&A Trends 2019 Podcast Series

This podcast series accompanies our latest global M&A report, M&A in 2019: Succeeding in a Climate of Disruption which you can download here .
14 February 2019

Supplier terms and pricing issues

Pricing restrictions imposed by suppliers on resellers have increasingly come under the spotlight of the competition authorities in a number of jurisdictions. This series of guides looks at the approach and recent developments in a range of key jurisdictions.
14 February 2019

Successor rate provisions for LIBOR in U.S. Credit Agreements

13 February 2019

Superannuation and group life insurance

The Royal Commission was widely expected to bring the superannuation industry to its knees, and certainly there are findings that make sobering reading. How some of those play out over the coming months and years remains to be seen.
13 February 2019


The Royal Commission’s final report has endorsed much of the existing legislative and reform proposals for the insurance industry.
13 February 2019


13 February 2019

LIBOR Is Being Overtaken: Will It Be a Car Crash?

This article considers the background and current market developments relating to the discontinuation of LIBOR. It examines the potential litigation likely to arise for legacy contracts and the alternative contractual fall-back provisions that are being proposed. Finally, it analyses the four...
13 February 2019

Financial Services: In the wake of the Royal Commission…

While the Financial Services Royal Commission was a watershed inquiry for the industry, the industry is well accustomed to constant scrutiny and reform.
13 February 2019

Governance: The new age of leadership

Recent shareholder action against executive remuneration, the expansion of APRA’s ambit to include a greater focus on culture and remuneration, the introduction of the BEAR and the rise of the “community expectations” standard shows the new microscope penetrating boardrooms and the upper echelons...
13 February 2019

Community expectations are here to stay

To deny the role that community expectations will play post-Royal Commission is, with respect, a flat-Earther perspective.
13 February 2019

The Regulators

The Final Report has been released and for those who followed the public hearings, the recommendations are not surprising. The regulators, ASIC and APRA, have been given increased regulatory scope and more tools to regulate. The key question is, following on from the Final Report, where next for...