26 February 2019
The Inward Investment and International Taxation Review - 9th Edition: Russia Chapter
In the past few years, the Russian government has taken various measures to reduce adverse consequences of sanctions introduced by the United States, EU and certain other countries and to encourage foreigners to invest in Russia. The measures included major reform of corporate law, simplification...
14 December 2018
The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review, 7th Edition, Russia Chapter
Although Russia was ranked 135 out of 180 countries on Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index, sharing the spot with such countries as Mexico, Papua New Guinea and Paraguay, in its Third Round Evaluation Report published on 21 November 2016, the Group of States against...
10 December 2018
Getting the deal through: Joint Ventures 2019
Joint ventures are arrangements where two parties (or, sometimes, more) come to an agreement to pool their resources to achieve a specific outcome. It could be a project, long-term partnership, or simply a way of providing customers with a service they want, or have come to expect. Joint ventures...
13 November 2018
The next step in legislating for the use of self-driving vehicles
The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 received Royal Assent in July 2018. While providing (in broad terms) for a system of civil liability where an accident is caused by an automated vehicle and establishing core definitions, the Act does not seek to address a number of important issues...
21 September 2018
European Private Equity Review, Autumn 2018 Edition
The Herbert Smith Freehills European Private Equity Review highlights legal developments of particular significance for European financial sponsors and shares our experience of trends across the European private equity landscape and opportunities for growth.
20 September 2018
Impact Investment: Generating positive returns
All over the globe, entrepreneurs are devising innovative commercial solutions to social and environmental challenges. The growth of the sustainable investment market has been buoyed by a revolution in the use of technology to tackle the world's greatest problems. At Herbert Smith Freehills, we are...
11 September 2018
Tech for social good
As public finances are increasingly under pressure and fewer funds are available to address the major societal problems of today, social impact businesses are taking up the reins. Agile and innovative, they often use technology to deliver creative and relevant solutions to the challenges facing...
11 September 2018
Impact Investment case studies
All over the globe, entrepreneurs are devising innovative commercial solutions to social and environmental challenges. On this page we highlight a selection of case studies where our team has supported innovation to generate long-lasting positive returns. For further information on our tech for...
29 August 2018
Herbert Smith Freehills, Data61 and IBM create consortium to deliver smart legal contracts on blockchain to Australian businesses
The Australian National Blockchain will help create a new technology platform to securely and transparently manage legal agreements. Herbert Smith Freehills, CSIRO’s Data61, and IBM have formed a consortium to build Australia’s first cross-industry, large-scale, digital platform to enable...
17 July 2018
Arbitrating Business and Human Rights Disputes: Viable for Victims?
International arbitration has many features which, at first sight, make it an attractive alternative to domestic litigation for businesses and victims alike. On closer analysis, however, the features that make arbitration attractive to commercial parties may in fact present some difficulty in the...
10 July 2018
Corporate crime update, June 2018
Welcome to the June 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. For the full update on each jurisdiction, please click on the name of the jurisdiction below. Below we provide a brief...
16 May 2018
Global Pound Conference Series – Redefining dispute resolution
Most dispute resolution still has as its frame of reference an adversarial process (litigation or arbitration) based on asserted legal rights with the lawyer fighting their client's corner tenaciously. However, with the lawyers of Generation Y, Millennials and Generation Z growing into positions of...
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...