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...
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...
02 November 2020
The Healthcare Law Review - 4th Edition: Russia Chapter
Russia’s current healthcare market is characterised, on the one hand, by the dominant role of public healthcare providers operating under the state-run healthcare system (the public healthcare system) and providing free-of-charge medical help and, on the other hand, by the gradual development of...
09 September 2020
THE REAL ESTATE M&A AND PRIVATE EQUITY REVIEW - THE 5TH EDITION: RUSSIA CHAPTER
In the boom years, Russia was one of Europe's largest property markets, with investment volumes of US$8 billion–US$10 billion annually; the figure briefly decreased during the 2008–2009 financial crisis. However, a downward trend on the property market began in 2014 in sync with the political...
09 September 2020
Launch of first Guide to Dispute Resolution and Governing Law in Russia
Recent changes to Russian law have caused a degree of uncertainty amongst clients as to what they can and cannot do when transacting with Russian parties or in transactions involving Russian entities. This is particularly true surrounding the dispute resolution and governing law clauses that they...
18 August 2020
Inside arbitration: A balance of obligations: The response to the COVID 19 pandemic and investment treaty protections
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt across the globe. States have had to make some difficult decisions in response to the spread of the virus while trying to mitigate both economic and societal damage in the short and longer term. This has led to the introduction of a whole range of...
18 August 2020
Inside Arbitration: Russian courts to have exclusive jurisdiction over sanctioned persons and disputes arising out of sanctions against Russia: Overview of the new law and practical implications
On 8 June 2020, the Russian President signed a new federal law (No.171-FZ) 1 amending the Russian Arbitrazh (Commercial) Procedure Code (the “ Law ”), which will significantly change the dispute resolution landscape involving Russian individuals and entities subject to international sanctions. The...
21 July 2020
Using big data to fight financial crime
In a regulatory environment which demands ever higher standards for anti-money laundering ( AML ) compliance, many financial institutions have responded by significantly increasing headcount in their AML functions, often at significant cost. However, an investment in headcount alone may not yield...
28 October 2021
Tools down: a review of modern slavery obligations in the construction sector
The term "modern slavery" covers a range of serious human rights violations, including human trafficking, slavery, forced labour, debt bondage, and the worst forms of child labour. Some may assume that such grave offences could only occur in the most extreme circumstances, perhaps in developing...
25 October 2021
The final Senate report on Australia as a tech and finance hub – An opportunity missed
The Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre produced its Final Report on 20 October 2021 which supplements its recommendations in its first two interim reports. For the Committee’s recommendations in its second interim report, see our Article available here .
21 October 2021
Australian Consumer Law - 10 Years Old and Really Growing Up
During this session our diverse group of panellists, including representatives from the ACCC, Telstra and Choice, explored the impact of the ACL on corporate Australia, the role of enforcement as compared to other forms of regulatory persuasion, the management of ACL risks within a large...
18 October 2021
Public Law Project: Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference 2021
We are delighted to be supporting the Public Law Project again in running its annual Judicial Review Trends and Forecasts conference. This year the conference will take place as a week of online seminars on the theme of 'accountability and the constitution'.
08 October 2021
Onwards and Upwards: In celebration of Black History Month
Making the time and effort to understand each other's lived experiences is an important part of our commitment to building a more inclusive culture in which everyone can thrive. Capturing these experiences through the eyes of colleagues enables us to collectively take another step towards a society...
06 October 2021
Webinar: Cross-border restructurings: how UK schemes may benefit businesses in Asia Pacific
Jurisdictions across the globe have sought to expand their restructuring toolkits – spurred on by Governments seeking to support business during the pandemic. This has had a significant impact on the options available when restructuring business in Asia Pacific.
06 October 2021
Taking the Floor: Government proposes to legislate a recovery presumption for funded class action group members
On 30 September 2021, the Department of Treasury opened consultation on new laws which, if enacted in their proposed form, will introduce new hurdles for litigation funders intended to ensure fairer returns for group members in future funded class actions.
05 October 2021
Government planning significant extension to UK's pensions notifiable events regime for corporates
The government has confirmed it plans to make long-anticipated changes to the UK's pensions notifiable events regime. The changes, first floated in 2018 and now confirmed (subject to consultation), are almost certain to mean that corporates will be required to give the Pensions Regulator and...
05 October 2021
Delivering Alternative Excellence
Fresh from scooping the title of Alternative Service Provider of the Year at the recently held African Legal Awards, Vanessa Kingsmill and Naseem Ameer-Mia of Herbert Smith Freehills chatted to Africa Legal’s Tom Pearson about their recipe for success.
05 October 2021
Parliamentary intelligence body backs two-step adoption for Australia's new critical infrastructure bill
On 29 September, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security ( PJCIS ) published its advisory report on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. 1
04 October 2021
Cartel Intel: Interview with Bo Vesterdorf, former President of the EU General Court
In advance of the next edition of Cartel Intel , our quarterly update on key EMEA cartel developments, Daniel Vowden (Partner, Brussels) had the great privilege of discussing important recent EU legal developments with Bo Vesterdorf , formerly a judge at and the President of the EU General Court (...
01 October 2021
New pensions criminal offences and regulatory sanctions now in force
From today, directors, lenders, investors and other parties to corporate activity which may jeopardise the interests of a defined benefit (DB) pension scheme face the spectre of criminal prosecution. The new pensions criminal offences and other regulatory sanctions which come into force today are...