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10 May 2021

London International Disputes Week 2021

10 – 14 May 2021 Herbert Smith Freehills is a proud founding member of LIDW. London International Disputes Week 2021 comes at a significant period for the UK legal sector, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, post-Brexit and amid an uncertain global political environment. Through a programme of...
09 April 2021

Africa Construction Law Week

About the Virtual Conference: 9th to 15th April 2021
09 April 2021

Class Actions Poolside series

08 April 2021

ESG Transformation: Conversation Series

Providing clarity for a sustainable future.
08 April 2021

Real estate transfer tax (“RETT”) reform likely to be implemented on short notice

The German RETT reform is gaining momentum and an updated draft bill is contemplated to be voted on by the German parliament as early as mid-April. While a draft bill has not yet been published, with a few exceptions, the new rules are expected to be largely similar to a previous draft published in...
31 March 2021

SPACs and de-SPACing – What Australian companies need to know

In 2020, SPACs overtook traditional IPOs in the US by number and each of them will need to find acquisition targets or be liquidated within a set time frame. Increasingly, Australian companies are on the radar as acquisition targets for SPACs. In this article we examine what they are, why...
31 March 2021

Funding Disclosure in Focus – The Agency Group Australia Limited 01 & 02

31 March 2021

Policyholder successfully challenges insurer’s refusal to cover ‘securities claim’

In good news for policyholders defending class actions, the Federal Court of Australia has rejected an insurer’s arguments that a class action settlement was not covered because: the units in an ASX-listed trust the subject of the proceedings were not “securities”; and the proceedings arose from...
31 March 2021

Japan-Australia M&A: 2020 Review and Future Trends

This is our fourth annual review of Japan-Australia M&A transactions and prevailing the trends driving cross-border investment.
31 March 2021

The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast on gambling law

This podcast, hosted by Steven Jacobs , will focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling laws past and present, telling the stories of the people affected by this sometimes-impenetrable and often-changing landscape, and providing insight on what will come next.
30 March 2021

New ACICA 2021 Arbitration Rules

The Australian Centre of International Commercial Arbitration ( ACICA ) has unveiled revised Arbitration Rules due to enter into force in April 2021. As arbitration continues to be on the rise in Australia, and ACICA enjoys record caseloads, the 2021 ACICA Rules set out ACICA’s vision for the...
29 March 2021

UAE Cabinet approves the establishment of the Executive Office for AML and CFT

The UAE Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Executive Office of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism to oversee the implementation of the UAE’s National AML/CFT Strategy and National Action Plan ( NAP ).
29 March 2021

Pressure points: The light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel? the landscape for arbitration and disputes in a time of uncertainty and hope

The approval and rollout of mass Covid 19 vaccinations across many parts of the world has prompted many to look ahead to a “post-Covid” world. For clients and practitioners of arbitration who have witnessed the almost overnight shift of arbitral practice into the virtual arena, that quest for a...
26 March 2021

Major foreign investment reforms in Australia – what you need to know

Significant amendments to Australia’s foreign investment regime commenced on 1 January 2021. Nearly three months after their commencement, we are beginning to see evidence of a more cautious approach by applicants seeking foreign investment approval. However, 2021 has also brought some positive...
24 March 2021

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Podcasts

Join our experts as they discuss and share their views on the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space covering areas such as underpayment compliance, annualised salary provisions, industrial manslaughter laws and what key...