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...
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.
01 February 2019
Client Academy India
We are very proud to host our inaugural flagship event, the Client Academy India. This event, which will take place in Mumbai at the beginning of 2019, is aimed at bringing together a select group of the most senior legal advisers from major organisations across India for a full day programme...
14 January 2019
Preparing for Brexit: EEA Firms UK Temporary Permissions Regime (“TPR”)
The UK FCA and PRA propose to implement the TPR if the UK leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019 without an implementation (or transitional) period, to ensure that EEA firms currently operating under an incoming passport (either from a UK branch or on a cross-border services basis into the UK)...
10 January 2019
11 weeks to Brexit: Updated Brexit Legal Guide
Without an intervening event, the UK will withdraw from the EU at 11pm on 29 March 2019. Otherwise much remains unknown. The negotiated withdrawal deal comprising a legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and non-binding Political Declaration is facing significant opposition in the UK and will not be...
09 January 2019
The Prague Rules: a brand new approach to arbitration?
The new Rules on the Efficient Conduct of Proceedings in International Arbitration (Prague Rules) launched last month in the Czech Republic and aim to provide a more efficient framework for arbitral procedure which can be used to streamline a dispute, reducing delay and costs. Their approach is...
03 January 2019
SEC Chairman comments on Brexit, LIBOR and Cybersecurity risks
On 6 December 2018, the Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “ SEC ”), Jay Clayton, delivered a speech 1 in New York where he identified the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union (“ Brexit ”), the transition away from LIBOR and cybersecurity as key market risks that...
21 December 2018
Corporate Crime and Investigations: looking back at 2018 and the outlook for 2019
The conclusion of public hearings at the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry ( Royal Commission ) marks the end of a significant year in the focus on corporate conduct. We look back at key developments in 2018 and look forward to the...
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...