02 June 2021
Future Cities Series: Key themes and industry perspectives
As part of our series exploring the pressures facing cities in the post-Covid era, we take a cross-sector view of the key issues and industry themes in re-thinking urban life. From the impact on healthcare, to modernising infrastructure and planning, to rebooting urban economies in response to...
02 June 2021
Future Cities Series: Smart city joint ventures – A way to improve ESG compliance?
Great change is on the horizon for the real estate industry and the market players investing in real estate – but in many instances it is not certain in what shape or form such change will materialize. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will almost certainly change the way in which individuals...
02 June 2021
Future Cities Series: A delicate symbiosis – Green cities and the mining sector
By now, it’s widely accepted that our cities of the future need to be cleaner, greener and technologically superior, conjuring images of renewable energy, electric vehicles and ‘smart’ everything. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the mining sector sits counter to this vision – but you’d be wrong...
02 June 2021
Future Cities Series: Planning for people – Future cities have to be active cities
Our cities of the future should be, above all else, about the citizens – the women, men and children – living and working in our urban centres. All over the world, cities continue to experience varying levels of lockdown due to the global pandemic, which in many cases has left citizens feeling “...
10 March 2021
Herbert Smith Freehills confirms appointment of Rebecca Maslen-Stannage as new Chair and Senior Partner
Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills today announced the appointment of Rebecca Maslen-Stannage as Senior Partner and Chair of the Global LLP Council. She succeeds James Palmer, who steps down after more than six years in the role on 30 April 2021 and returns to full-time practice and client...
12 February 2021
Tech and Digital Regulation
The tech and digital regulatory landscape is changing rapidly. It is complex and fragmented, both globally and by subject matter, making it difficult for technology providers and digital platforms to navigate. Almost weekly there are new headlines warning of risks and perils of ‘big tech’ and...
04 February 2021
Cross-border insolvencies in the UK and the EU – a quick guide
At 11pm on 31 December 2020, the UK left the European single market at the end of the transition period agreed as part of the 2019 Withdrawal Agreement. The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement that was reached on Christmas Eve made no provision for continued recognition of, or co-operation in,...
20 January 2021
The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review - 9th Edition: Russia Chapter
Although Russia was ranked 137 out of 198 countries on Transparency International’s 2019 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 2020
Getting the deal through: Private Equity 2020 (Russia Chapter)
Market conditions in Russia had been improving in 2018 and 2019, with commentators reporting an overall increase in the number of private equity deals, and this trend had been expected to continue in 2020. However, in line with other major economies, the Russian economy sharply contracted in the...
04 December 2020
The Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property and Competition Law Review: Russia Chapter
Generally, the Russian pharmaceutical market and respective legislation continue to develop. Both international and local pharmaceutical companies are already established in Russia and have launched various projects related to the production of new drugs and vaccines. Some recent trends have...
26 November 2020
The Future of Cities: Businesses stand ready to help governments unlock city investment
At the start of 2020, global investment in city projects was reaching new heights. The world’s biggest spending cities were investing in over 8,200 projects in 2019, with a combined project pipeline of US$5.3 trillion. Then the pandemic hit, followed closely by economic recession: government...
17 November 2020
Future Cities Series: The role of green taxes in fighting climate change
The reduction in consumption and depressed economies resulting from the pandemic will necessarily lead to reduced tax revenue this year and in subsequent years. Against this back-drop, how will governments balance a desire to pursue a green agenda with the need to address budget deficits and...
05 November 2020
Future Cities Series: Creating a safe cyber and data future
The pandemic has shown us just how dependent society is on computers connected to the internet and the information that is used and stored. This dependence has also increased, with many regarding the pandemic as an accelerator for digitalisation. Yet this time has also highlighted that we are far...
05 November 2020
Future Cities Series: Can smart buildings revive the office?
We have all heard how the Covid-19 pandemic has emptied offices around the world and the growing belief that wide-scale home working is here to stay. By this reasoning, the large city centre office is dying out. But, as with many areas, the pandemic could instead accelerate changes to office spaces...
23 June 2021
Webinar: Anti-Racism and Inclusive Leadership with John Amaechi OBE
Many organisations have made important strides over the past year to challenge racism, both in the workplace and in other walks of life. Yet, there is clearly a long way to go before we reach a turning point in addressing systemic racism.
15 June 2021
ESG issues in the consumer sector: managing class action and regulatory risks
Investors, consumers and other stakeholders increasingly want to hear from consumer sector companies concerning the environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts of their businesses. However, as more companies begin sharing the positive ESG stories behind their businesses and brands in...
15 June 2021
ASIC’s consultation on regulator guidance closes as financial service and credit licensees prepare for Australia’s breach reporting reforms
In April of this year, we wrote about draft guidance released by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) on the significant impending changes to Australia’s breach reporting regime.
11 June 2021
Not all’s “fair dealing” in war and Greenpeace: Federal Court confirms limits of the “parody or satire” exception to copyright infringement
The Federal Court’s decision in AGL v Greenpeace 1 confirms that using a corporate logo in activist or protest materials may be permissible under both copyright and trade mark law, but only where that use constitutes a “fair dealing” for the genuine purpose of “parody or satire”. Not all such uses...
10 June 2021
Revolution or evolution? Technology and the changing dispute resolution landscape
Digital transformation is causing the dispute resolution landscape to change and evolve rapidly. Our tech disputes experts explore the key changes and the effect that these are having on the way in which we can minimise exposure and navigate the new environment to successfully resolve disputes.
10 June 2021
Tech disputes series
In a world that's increasingly dependent on technology, organisations are under increasing pressure to stay competitive and create connected experiences. To meet these rising demands, organisations are accelerating their digital transformation and in turn giving rise to complex, multi-...
09 June 2021
Launch event: Law Commission review of the law relating to corporate criminal liability
On 9 June 2021 at 4.30pm, our Corporate Crime and Investigations team will be hosting an event where the Law Commission will launch its review of the law relating to corporate criminal liability in England and Wales.
08 June 2021
The Future of Consumer – 2021 APAC predictions
2020 presented a number of significant challenges with Covid-19 accelerating some of the existing trends in the consumer sector – and we expect to see these issues driving some real turning points in 2021, as our Asia-Pacific Consumer team will explore in this series. Trust continues to be a major...
07 June 2021
Corporate Governance snapshot: Fundamental audit and corporate governance reforms proposed by UK government
In April 2021, the UK government published its long awaited consultation paper on audit and governance reform, Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance . If implemented, the proposals would lead to considerable changes to the way that companies approach their financial reporting, requiring...
07 June 2021
African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) – The Next Leap for Africa?
We are delighted to share a recording of the panel discussion which Herbert Smith Freehills and Singular Group co-hosted on 28 May 2021 regarding the role the AfCFTA can play in the development of the African continent and the opportunities for businesses and investors.
03 June 2021
Webinar: Safeguarding employee mental health in the covid era
The unprecedented effects of the covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly fuelled the global mental health crisis among workers. Bereavement, social isolation, fears of contracting the virus, worries over job security, as well as harassment and discrimination, and the blurring of work and home life have...