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02 July 2019

Open Innovation and Collaboration

Over this last year we have been talking to our clients about open innovation – what approach do they take – how "open" can it be – how are innovation and collaboration processed and structured – is "ownership" still an important factor - what issues are there in collaborating with partners from...
14 June 2019

Brexit Legal Guide 2019

As business makes increasingly vocal calls for legal certainty we are pleased to launch this Brexit Legal Guide. The new online guide will be regularly updated as the legal impact of Brexit evolves. The latest updates are indicated below.
13 June 2019

Australian M&A Podcast: Episodes 1-14 now available

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

Product Intervention Powers and Design and Distribution Obligations in Financial Services: A cross-border perspective

Many regulators view their ability to intervene as one of their key supervisory tools to reduce harm in cases where there is a risk of significant consumer detriment or threat to financial markets.
07 June 2019

NSW security of payment reform update: what you need to know

In November 2018, significant amendments to NSW’s security of payment legislation, the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) (the Act ) passed into law. 1 Our previous article described those amendments.
07 June 2019

Landmark ruling on the WTO national security exception

In a landmark decision concerning Ukraine's complaint against Russia's transit restrictions, a WTO Panel has ruled for the first time on the nature of the GATT national security exception.
06 June 2019

Madrid video updates: Medidas cautelares – la clave de muchos procesos

06 June 2019

Zambia lured by the siren song of resource nationalism

Zambia, the world’s seventh-largest copper producer, is the latest leading African mining jurisdiction to succumb to the siren song of resource nationalism. In recent years this trend has seen international miners and their host governments in Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo clash...
06 June 2019

The Public-Private Partnership Law Review - 5th edition: Russia Chapter

In Russia, the public-private partnership (PPP) sector is dynamically developing and contains many examples of successful projects in all key areas of the Russian economy – in particular, transport, healthcare and utilities. However, in comparison with some other countries, Russian PPP legislation...
05 June 2019

Cities of the Future

In the spring edition of In-House Lawyer, Matthew White looks ahead to the ever-changing challenges and opportunities of urban growth.
04 June 2019

Stub equity in control transactions: ASIC releases consultation paper

ASIC consults on its proposal to effectively prohibit stub equity control transactions involving an Australian proprietary company or a public company with a custodian arrangement.
04 June 2019

Challenges in the Consumer Sector

Herbert Smith Freehills' Consumer sector team have had the first of a series of three feature articles published on Challenges in the Consumer Sector, in June's PLC Magazine.
04 June 2019

Foreign Direct Investment Podcast: Episodes 1-6 now available

Herbert Smith Freehills and Global Counsel have joined forces to explore the key issues affecting foreign direct investment from a legal and political perspective. Each podcast looks at how specific regimes across the world shape wider global trends, covering what transacting parties should be...
03 June 2019

Pensions Planner: Your guide to future developments

Our quarterly guide to the latest developments in pensions law and policy is designed to help you identify the key pensions issues that your organisation may need to address in the next 12 months or so.
31 May 2019

Thrills and (board) spills – the Takeovers Panel again shows it is reluctant to interfere with shareholder requisitioned meetings

The Takeovers Panel recently declined to conduct proceedings in relation to an application from Australian Whisky Holdings Limited 1 that alleged a number of its shareholders (including the major shareholder) were part of an undisclosed association in connection with a shareholder requisitioned...