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.
28 January 2019
M&A in 2019 – succeeding in a climate of disruption
Our latest global M&A report looks at the themes that we expect to see in M&A transactions in 2019. In 2018, global M&A volumes reached their highest point since the financial crisis. Despite a noted slowdown in pace during Q4, deal activity recorded near peak levels in many markets – a...
21 December 2018
Corporate Crime Update, December 2018
Welcome to the December 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. This month, we would like to wish all of our regular readers a very happy, and hopefully corporate crime free, festive...
14 December 2018
The Unified patent court and unitary patent – Introduction
26 of the 28 European Union Member States (MSs) have participated in the enhanced cooperation needed to establish a new patent right – the European Patent with Unitary Effect, otherwise known as the unitary patent ( UP ). This new right will become available as soon as the new court system - the...
11 December 2018
Patent and Pharma Update, December 2018
Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector This issue reports on several ground-breaking decisions from the UK courts on second medical use patents and skinny labels, infringement by equivalents and the possibility of global FRAND...
21 March 2019
Countdown to Brexit - Three Key Votes
With just days to go until Brexit, this week’s events in the UK Parliament may well be crucial in setting the future direction for the UK’s relationship with the EU. To try to make sense of the ongoing political turmoil, Tom Henderson , Senior Associate and member of our core Brexit team, hosted...
20 March 2019
Developing Green Hydrogen projects
In the lead up to this year’s federal election, both of Australia’s major political parties have released announcements regarding the establishment of an Australian hydrogen industry. A key focus of these announcements is the commitment to investing in ‘green’ hydrogen technologies, which through a...
19 March 2019
Superannuation Fund Governance Post-Hayne: Part Two
Conduct and Culture The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was charged with inquiring into, and reporting on, ‘whether any conduct of financial services entities might have amounted to misconduct and whether any conduct, practices,...
19 March 2019
Japan-Australia M&A: Review and Trends (2017–2019)
Japanese direct investment into Australia has increased markedly in its scale and diversity in the last 10 years and is now second only to the United States. During 2017-2018, there were 68 Australian M&A deals involving Japanese companies.
18 March 2019
EU competition law principles on undertakings liable for fines also apply in the context of liability for damages
In a preliminary ruling request made by the Finnish Supreme Court on the question of the relevant entities liable for damages, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) held that principles applied in order to determine the relevant entities for liability for fines under Articles 101 and 102 TFEU (and...
18 March 2019
Mining Charter III: certainty, but at a cost
The Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018 ( Mining Charter III or the Charter )1 came into force on Friday, 1 March 2019 - almost three years after the publication of the first draft.2 This brought to a close nearly three years of uncertainty and...
15 March 2019
Financial Services and the WTO in the context of Brexit
The EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee of the House of Lords held a public meeting on financial services and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 13 March 2019. Eric White, a Consultant in the Brussels office of Herbert Smith Freehills gave evidence to the Sub-Committee as did Dr Lorand Bartels of...