09 December 2021
Increasing localisation of data in Asia: Why this matters for tech
We are seeing a trend towards data localisation emerging in certain countries in Asia which is raising business-critical issues for the tech sector. Usually thought of as just a data privacy tool, regulation restricting cross-border transfers of data are gaining support with legislators in China,...
09 December 2021
Abolishing digital taxes one part of the OECD's global tax reform
The OECD announced in October 2021 final agreement, by 136 of the 140 base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Inclusive Framework countries (including the UK, US and China), of a landmark global tax reform package, aimed at addressing the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the...
24 November 2021
Global Bank Review: Triodos Spanish chief on ESG and remaking banking for the 2020s
Continuing our series of insights from senior industry figures, the Global Bank Review speaks with Mikel Garcia-Prieto Arrabal, Director General of sustainability pioneer Triodos Bank España. Mikel shares his views on how climate change and rising social obligations are impacting banks and how...
03 February 2021
Spotlight on Malaysia: The Increasing Importance on Effective ESG Risk Management
Recent and ongoing controversies surrounding labour conditions and deforestation in Malaysia has put environmental, social and governance ( ESG ) compliance by Malaysian companies under the spotlight in a post-Covid world. Even before the pandemic, ESG emerged as an area of focus for governments,...
26 January 2021
2021 Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific
Disruption and recovery always generate disputes – and in Asia Pacific cross-jurisdiction operations and investments increase that risk. Our 2021 Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific is your roadmap to navigating your way through potential problems in these fast-changing times, especially...
04 December 2020
NOMINEE BUSINESS STRUCTURES – HEIGHTENED SCRUTINY IN MALAYSIA
While Malaysia has been taking active steps to liberalise foreign direct investment ( FDI ) restrictions in recent years, restrictions in a number of business sectors remain. For example, the banking, telecommunications, construction, engineering, health, education, and energy sectors, among others...
30 November 2020
Corporate Crime Update - November 2020
Welcome to the November 2020 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. For the full update on each jurisdiction, please click on the links below.
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...
21 July 2020
Regulators lead businesses in monitoring of misconduct
As regulators and law enforcement increasingly rely on advanced data analytics for monitoring and surveillance, the risk is growing that they will detect misconduct by employees and customers that has gone undetected by a company’s own internal systems.
12 June 2020
EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES: IMPACTS ON THE DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR (ASIA)
The pandemic has reinforced the need for, and criticality of, resilient digital infrastructure. How providers will innovate and adapt to changing business and consumer demands post-crisis remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that the disruption and uncertainty of the last few months has...
13 May 2020
A Special, Global, Edition of the European Energy Handbook
We are delighted to present an update to our European Energy Handbook. The European Energy Handbook usually reports on regulatory, legal and market developments in the European energy sector. However, these are not usual times as the COVID-19 pandemic is creating significant health, social and...
07 July 2022
DOCA takeovers: the ‘third way’ for distressed Australian listed company acquisitions
While the M&A pipeline remains strong and the usual acquisition models for listed companies (takeovers and schemes of arrangement) remain active, as talk turns to economic headwinds and rising interest rates, it is worth bearing in mind the third possible pathway to acquire a listed company in...
06 July 2022
Trust Companies Survey 2022: Reputational Risk
This year, respondents said that the fourth greatest challenge to their business was reputational risk for clients in being associated with trust structures and offshore jurisdictions. In this article, we discuss why – six years after the Panama Papers story broke – reputation continues to weigh...
04 July 2022
Unbundling Competition: Asia competition law podcasts
In this podcast, members of the Herbert Smith Freehills Competition, Regulation and Trade team examine key competition law and related regulatory developments. In each instalment, we update you on the latest developments across Asia, as well as those affecting Asian businesses around the world,...
30 June 2022
Asia-Pacific Competition Law Guide 2022
We are pleased to announce the launch of the sixth edition of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Asia-Pacific Competition Law Guide. Since the previous edition of the guide and in the context of the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, competition authorities across the Asia-Pacific region have...
29 June 2022
Trust Companies see cyber security as key business risk
Our survey confirms that trust companies continue to see cyber security as a key business risk. This is in line with companies in other areas: in IBM's 25 th edition of "The CEO Study", drawn from interviews with 3,000 CEOs worldwide, CEOs ranked cyber risk as their greatest organisational...