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07 September 2020

London International Disputes Week 2020

We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
06 July 2020

Paris Arbitration Week 2020

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be supporting Paris Arbitration Week (PAW) 2020, which takes place between 6 and 10 July 2020.
05 May 2020

Alumni: The Grand Reunion - London 2020

We are delighted to invite you to The Grand Reunion: London 2020
08 April 2020

COVID-19: Governance: European Commission extends the Temporary Framework for COVID-19 State aid to cover additional measures (Europe)

On 3 April 2020, the European Commission adopted the first amendment to its Temporary Framework on the application of EU State aid rules in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak (the original version of which is covered in more detail in our previous article . The amendment allows further liquidity...
07 April 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: Reviewing your contractual obligations (Global)

We have developed a short guide to help you review your existing agreements in light of COVID-19.
07 April 2020

COVID-19 Pressure points: Online sales of pharmaceuticals – now available? (Russia)

In light of the volatile situation with COVID-19, the President of Russia signed Decree No. 187 dated 17 March 2020 “On Retail Trade of Medicines for Medical Use” (“Decree No. 187”) under which distance selling of over-the-counter (“ OTC ”) medicines is permitted. Following execution of Decree No...
07 April 2020

Roundtable: Disputes boards in construction and infrastructure projects

First published by Ben Rigby and Andrew Mizner in CDR Magazine, January 2020.
07 April 2020

COVID-19: PRESSURE POINTS: IMPACT ON CIVIL LITIGATION IN ENGLAND AND WALES (UK) (UPDATE: 7 APRIL 2020)

With the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak taking hold on nearly all aspects of day-to-day life, what does this mean for the continued operation of the judicial system, and more specifically any court proceedings that businesses may be involved in or contemplating?
07 April 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: China implements comprehensive measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on foreign investment (China)

COVID-19 has caused significant disruptions to the operations of many foreign-invested enterprises in China. In response to this, various government authorities have issued a series of relief policies and measures to minimise the impact of COVID-19 and stabilise foreign investments. In the bulletin...
07 April 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: FCA and PRA publish statements on their expectations for regulated firms under SMCR (UK)

The PRA and FCA have published two statements setting out their expectations on UK-regulated firms under the Senior Managers and Certification Regime ( SMCR ). A joint statement from the PRA and FCA has been published for dual-regulated firms (the Joint Statement ), while the FCA have separately...
07 April 2020

COVID-19: Pressure points: Online sales of pharmaceuticals – now available? (Russia)

In light of the volatile situation with COVID-19, the President of Russia signed Decree No. 187 dated 17 March 2020 “On Retail Trade of Medicines for Medical Use” (“Decree No. 187”) under which distance selling of over-the-counter (“ OTC ”) medicines is permitted. Following execution of Decree No...
06 April 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: The impact on private equity (China)

Amidst the challenges of delayed deals, volatility and weakened buyer appetite, market players are cautiously predicting that the COVID-19 crisis may trigger increased activity for Asia’s cash-rich private equity funds – once the human and economic impact of the outbreak subsides.
06 April 2020

COVID-19: Pressure Points: FCA issues ‘Dear CEO’ letter with update to retail firms (UK)

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a ‘Dear CEO’ letter (the letter) with an update on key issues in light of COVID-19 to firms providing services to retail investors. In addition to the measures it has taken with the Bank of England (BoE) and HM Treasury (HMT), the FCA has considered...
06 April 2020

COVID-19: People: Key issues for UK employers

The COVID-19 outbreak is clearly a matter of major concern for employers given the impact on their staff and business. At the start of the outbreak, the employer's legal duty of care to provide a safe place to work primarily meant communicating with staff on hygiene advice and updating and...
06 April 2020

COVID-19: PRESSURE POINTS: NAVIGATING THE COVID-19 REGULATIONS AND THE ROLE OF COMPETITION LAW IN COMBATTING THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC (AFRICA)

Following the declaration of a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act No. 57 of 2002 (as amended), the concerning escalation in the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in South Africa prompted the National Coronavirus Command Council to enforce a nationwide lockdown...