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03 February 2023

Australian corporate crime & investigations watch list: key issues to watch in 2023

We explore corporate crime and investigations issues to watch in 2023, building off our round-up of key developments from the last year.
03 February 2023

Australia policyholder insurance highlights 2022

Our assessment of the key lessons for insurance policyholders based on last year’s top cases and market developments.
03 February 2023

New UAE Commercial Agencies Law comes into force

Last year, we published an e-bulletin on the key changes that had been announced to the draft UAE Commercial Agencies Law. Following the passage of Federal Law No. 3/2022 in December 2022 (the " Commercial Agencies Law "), these changes are now in-force. Below we have provided a re-cap of the key...
27 January 2023

Introducing a UK Insurer Resolution Regime

The Treasury unveils plans for a new Insurer Resolution Regime in bid to remain at the forefront of international standards
25 January 2023

M&A STANDPOINT: Formal sale processes: A useful tool to solicit offers or a last resort?

FSPs were created to encourage a competitive and confidential sale process under the Takeover Code, but often they may signal that a company has run out of options. However, a number of companies have elected to launch FSPs in recent months, so when is an FSP is the right choice for a company?
24 January 2023

Global M&A Outlook 2023: Automotive Electric and digital revolutions still drive M&A

The automotive sector is currently experiencing two inflection points at the same time: an electric vehicle revolution, as the industry transitions from the internal combustion engine (ICE) to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) including battery electric vehicles (BEV) as part of the wider...
24 January 2023

Global M&A Outlook 2023: Consumer 2022 was a challenging year compared to 2021

M&A in the consumer sector slowed throughout 2022 as compared to the buoyant trends in 2021. Macro-economic issues and global headwinds have meant a tougher environment for consumers, particularly with record-breaking inflation adding to the cost of living and turning the screws on household...
24 January 2023

Preparing for CBAM – The EU extends carbon policies despite trade tensions

The EU's controversial extension of its carbon market regime to foreign producers takes shape
24 January 2023

ESG Regulatory Timeline and Developments Tracker

Horizon Scanning: ESG Regulation – UK and EU Developments
23 January 2023

How hard is it? The Takeover’s Panel consults on guidance for exclusivity granted at the non-binding bid stage

Following two Takeovers Panel decisions that found pre-deal exclusivity and other deal protection arrangements to be unacceptable, the Takeovers Panel has now commenced consultation on proposed new guidance on deal protection granted in respect of non-binding proposals. Most importantly, the...
23 January 2023

I’m an insider, I been burned by the fire*: the Australian Takeovers Panel’s Consultation Paper on insider participation

The Takeovers Panel has released a Consultation Paper in relation to proposed revisions to its Guidance Note 19 on insider participation in control transactions. 1
23 January 2023

UK shareholder activism in 2022 and beyond – What you need to know

With shareholder campaigns on the rise and spreading globally, our guide provides a snapshot of the latest legal, regulatory and business trends
23 January 2023

Herbert Smith Freehills partners named in latest Hot 100 List

Herbert Smith Freehills partners Lisa McLaughlin and Stephen Wisking have been recognised in this year's Hot 100 – a list of the crème de la crème of the legal profession compiled by The Lawyer magazine.
19 January 2023

Retrofitting to net zero

As decarbonising the UK's building stock is a major priority for meeting climate goals, retrofitting existing properties has risen up the agenda of developers
19 January 2023

Real estate disputes in 2023 — What you need to know to be Forearmed

From a rise in lab conversions for life sciences and tenant activism to sanctions and decarbonisation, we anticipate the need-to-know issues for 2023