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21 September 2018

ASIC extends FFSP exemptions for a further 12 months

Today the Australian Securities & Investments Commission ( ASIC ) announced a 12 month extension, to 30 September 2019, to the 'limited connection' and 'passporting' Australian financial services licence ( AFSL ) exemptions.
20 September 2018

Impact Investment: Generating positive returns

All over the globe, entrepreneurs are devising innovative commercial solutions to social and environmental challenges. The growth of the sustainable investment market has been buoyed by a revolution in the use of technology to tackle the world's greatest problems. At Herbert Smith Freehills, we are...
19 September 2018

M&A Podcast: Episodes 1-10 now available

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

Internal Investigations and Privilege - update

The law of privilege is of particular importance in the present climate of intense regulatory and public scrutiny of corporate misconduct. Following significant corporate events or allegations of wrongdoing, companies often establish internal investigations to seek legal advice or in anticipation...
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...
13 September 2018

Pensions Planner: Your guide to future developments

Our quarterly guide to the latest developments in pensions law and policy is designed to help you identify the key pensions issues that your organisation may need to address in the next 12 months or so.
13 September 2018

Tanzania's new integrity pledge for mining companies: does it meet international best practice?

Since July 2017, the Government of Tanzania has introduced significant regulatory reforms to the mining industry (as well as the nascent upstream oil and gas industry). See our previous notes on these reforms here , here and here .
13 September 2018

Second batch of UK Government's Brexit 'no deal' technical notes released

Today, the UK Government released the second of three batches of technical notes about the impact of a “no deal” scenario at the end of March 2019. These are available here . This second batch is of 28 and includes notes on civil judicial cooperation , broadcasting rights , data protection ,...
11 September 2018

Tech for social good

As public finances are increasingly under pressure and fewer funds are available to address the major societal problems of today, social impact businesses are taking up the reins. Agile and innovative, they often use technology to deliver creative and relevant solutions to the challenges facing...
11 September 2018

Impact Investment case studies

All over the globe, entrepreneurs are devising innovative commercial solutions to social and environmental challenges. On this page we highlight a selection of case studies where our team has supported innovation to generate long-lasting positive returns. For further information on our tech for...
10 September 2018

Class Action Assault on UK PLCs for Acts of Subsidiaries

A recent trio of decisions 1 from the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has provided insight into the circumstances in which an English-domiciled company may be held liable in negligence to individuals affected by the acts of its overseas subsidiaries.
06 September 2018

China proposes amendments to the regime for foreign investors’ strategic investments in listed companies

Over the past year, the Chinese government has implemented a series of new policies and rules to transform China’s foreign investment regime and attract more foreign investment. These changes have further opened the Chinese market to foreign investors, streamlined governmental regulation on foreign...
06 September 2018

Getting the Deal Through: Financial Services Litigation 2018

Financial Services Litigation charts the growth of litigation in the financial sector worldwide, with our expert authors answering key questions in major jurisdictions.
05 September 2018

Consumer Law penalties ramping up to deter breaches

Legislation has passed which significantly increases maximum penalties under the Australian Consumer Law. The ACCC Chair said of the increase “penalties need to hit the bottom line so they are not simply seen as the cost of doing business”.
05 September 2018

Truth in takeovers – latest ASIC comments

ASIC’s focus on truth in takeovers, already high, is increasing, as evidenced by its latest corporate finance report.