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13 September 2018

UKademy 2018

The UK Collaborative Plan for Pro Bono is running the third annual UKademy Conference; run by pro bono professionals for pro bono professionals working in law firms. Anyone tasked with starting up, managing and/or leading pro bono work for their office or firm on a full or part time basis is...
17 August 2018

Compulsory Licences, Crown Use and Inventive Step – Future Changes to the Patents Act

IP Australia has recently released its Exposure Draft detailing proposed changes to the Patents Act 1990 (Cth). The proposed changes affect the rarely-used compulsory licence and crown use provisions of the Act together with the more central, inventive step provisions. It is a strange combination...
16 August 2018

M&A Podcast: Episodes 1-8 now available

On the new Herbert Smith Freehills Podcast channel, our experts discuss mergers and acquisitions issues in Australia.
15 August 2018

Driving forward with connected and autonomous vehicles

Connected and autonomous vehicles ( CAVs ) will have a dramatic impact on the way we live and work. The technology is advancing rapidly and it no longer seems to be a question of 'if' but 'when'.
15 August 2018

Getting the deal through: Mining 2018 (South Africa Chapter)

The mining industry has historically been a key driver of the South African economy. Economic activity in modern-day Soth Africa has been centered on mining activities, their ancillary services and supplies. The country's stock exchange in Johannesburg was established in 1887, a decade after the...
14 August 2018

Termination of contracts with an indefinite term: South African courts’ approach

The duration of a contract is often specified by an express provision, or it may be determined from the nature and purpose of the contract. However, there are cases when the duration is neither determined nor determinable. An indefinite term contract is a contract that does not set a time period...
14 August 2018

President Trump Expands CFIUS Jurisdiction and Powers

On August 13, 2018, President Trump signed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.
08 August 2018

Brexit Legal Guide 2018

As business makes increasingly vocal calls for legal certainty we are pleased to launch this updated Brexit Legal Guide. The new online guide will be regularly updated as the legal impact of Brexit evolves.
01 August 2018

Key developments in Iran, August 2018

This update provides an overview of key developments which have occurred in Iran during the past month and highlights areas of future interest. In particular, the update covers notable developments in the political arena and key economic sectors.
01 August 2018

Indonesia’s foreign investment regime liberalised by new‎ OSS system

In its efforts to encourage and accelerate investment, the Indonesian government has issued a set of regulations reforming existing business licence regulations and establishing an online one-stop business licensing system known as Online Single Submission (“ OSS ”). We believe this represents a...
31 July 2018

Brexit 'The view from Brussels' – developments in July

On 12 July 2018 the UK government finally published its White Paper on the future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union including a proposal for the establishment of an economic partnership between the UK and the EU. At the core of this proposal is the establishment of a...
30 July 2018

The Takeovers Panel’s new 4 month lock out rule

The Takeovers Panel has, following a public consultation process, articulated a new policy that, if a bidder makes a statement during a takeover bid to the effect that it will not increase its offer price, the bidder is prevented from announcing a new takeover bid at a higher price for 4 months...
30 July 2018

Finders keepers? The long-running Finders Resources takeover saga continues

The long-running Finders Resources saga, in which the application of the ASIC’s ‘truth in takeovers’ policy to shareholder intention statements has taken centre stage, is now the subject of a new review Panel decision in Finders Resources Limited 03R [2018] ATP 11.
30 July 2018


27 July 2018

Hong Kong enters new era of smart banking with launch of open API framework

Late last week, the HKMA announced that it had concluded a consultation on its intended approach to open application programming interface ( API ) for the Hong Kong banking sector, and had published its final framework and implementation plan . The open API is one of seven initiatives announced by...