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18 October 2018

Preparing Australia: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

"The advent of connected and autonomous vehicles is without a doubt one of the greatest changes in the history of mankind." New South Wales Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance
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

Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency in Asia Pacific

Welcome to the second edition of the Herbert Smith Freehills Guide to Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency, Asia Pacific.
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...
08 October 2018

The symbiotic relationship between lawyer and legal tech

Legal professionals at all stages of their careers need to understand and appreciate the impacts (both positive and negative) that legal technology can and will have on their career.
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...
05 October 2018

Impact Investment: A founder-focussed initiative

As technology increasingly drives innovation in all sectors, we use our extensive global expertise to help businesses adjust to and gain from that innovation.
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

Timeline - What does the future hold? - October 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Timeline, a guide to key UK legal developments in the coming months and years ahead. Click here or on the image below to read the whole publication.
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...
01 October 2018

Collaborate and diversify: connectivity in the digital age

Transformation in the global telecoms ecosystem is gathering momentum. It is driven by evolving technologies, growing customer appetite for hyperconnectivity and a new breed of competitor.