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...
09 April 2018
US announces new Russia sanctions designations and releases new guidance
Given the broad coverage of the new designations and their importance, both US persons and non-US persons currently having or anticipating business transactions with Russia should conduct robust due diligence and monitoring on their counterparties and understand the potential impact of the new...
12 February 2018
Syndicated facilities institute obtains legislative acknowledgement in Russia
On 31 December 2017 the President of the Russian Federation signed one of the laws which has been most discussed by the Russian banking and legal communities – Federal Law No. 486-FZ "On a syndicated facility (loan) and amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation" (the " Law...
25 January 2018
High speed rail projects – risks and opportunities
Herbert Smith Freehills’ Tokyo office recently welcomed some 70 clients and industry professionals to its 8th Annual Construction Conference. The theme of this year's conference was the growing global focus on high speed rail projects.
16 October 2018
The activist’s tools and playbook
Activist shareholders have a number of tools at their disposal. The UK in particular has always provided a strong basis of shareholder rights from which to challenge management and the legal and regulatory framework in the UK is arguably the most benign framework for possible activist activities in...
15 October 2018
Australian decommissioning discussion paper released
The closure and decommissioning of offshore petroleum infrastructure is a significant issue for all countries that exercise jurisdiction over such infrastructure. The challenges to plan, execute and supervise decommissioning projects, coupled with their scale and cost, are well recognised. The re-...
12 October 2018
GDPR and consumer business supply chains
In the latest briefing " GDPR and consumer business supply chains " in our Future of Consumer series , we examine how GDPR regulatory requirements with respect to data are resulting in commercial scrutiny of privacy provisions in supply chains as parties try to ensure that they are not left with a...
11 October 2018
Patent and Pharma Update, October 2018
Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector The CJEU has provided its preliminary ruling in Teva v Gilead on the meaning of Article 3(a) in the context of a medicinal product composed of several active ingredients. It has also clarified...
10 October 2018
ACCC orders port of Newcastle to reduce charges for Glencore
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has determined that Port of Newcastle Operations must reduce the current charge for ships entering the port carrying Glencore’s coal by around 20%. As the first substantive arbitration under the National Access Regime, the determination provides...
05 October 2018
ACCC inquiry into foreign currency conversion services
In an announcement demonstrating a continued regulatory focus on the financial services industry, the Treasurer has issued a notice to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ( ACCC ) to commence an inquiry into foreign currency conversion services. The inquiry represents new work for...
05 October 2018
The Quest for a Balanced Host Government Contract: an MSGBC Basin Perspective
The Changing Landscape of the Oil and Gas Sector The recent discoveries in the MSGBC basin (covering Mauritania, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Guinea-Conakry) have triggered a great deal of hope for the upstream industry, the host States and their populations. Indeed, the development of...
03 October 2018
The Shareholder Rights and Activism Review, 3rd edition
For the third year, Herbert Smith Freehills has contributed to The Shareholder Rights and Activism Review, a multi-jurisdictional review of current developments in shareholder activism and related corporate law. Shareholder activism comes in many forms, from privately engaging with a company on...
02 October 2018
Hashing out the Implications of Smart Contracting under English Law
Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), commonly known as blockchain technology, is driving a new wave of innovation across many industries. Blockchain is often billed as a technology able to revolutionise how businesses operate, by improving reliability, security and speed due to the decentralisation...