16 February 2021
UK Supreme Court takes jurisdiction in parent company duty of care claim
The UK Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell Plc , finding that the English Court has jurisdiction over claims relating to environmental damage allegedly caused by a Nigerian joint venture, operated by a Nigerian subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc in Nigeria.
16 March 2020
Panel Discussion: Driving efficiencies in arbitral practice
The International Arbitration Act 15 of 2017 has delivered the required framework for South Africa to become a truly international arbitration hub. The inaugural Johannesburg Arbitration Week, which takes place on 17-19 March 2020, will take a step towards this goal, exploring recent developments...
28 February 2020
Inside Arbitration: Attaining maturity: South Africa's transition to an international arbitration friendly jurisdiction
Professor David Butler is Emeritus Professor of law at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and was the main advisor to the South African Government on the International Arbitration Act with his work as part the South African Law Reform Commission's work reforming South Africa's arbitration...
27 July 2018
Upheaval and uncertainty in mineral regulation in parts of Africa: Resurgence of resource nationalism highlights the importance of investment treaty protections
The last few months have seen significant changes to mining regulations in various African states, giving rise to a concern that a regional trend of resource nationalism may be (re-) emerging. In this context it is important for companies associated with the mining sector to be aware of the...
22 August 2017
Has the sun set on South Africa’s arbitration ambitions?
Kemi Adekoya and Michael Mendelblat of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP look at the new Arbitration Bill recently introduced to the South African Parliament that will apply to international arbitrations, which should increase its appeal as an arbitration venue.
01 February 2017
Commercial arbitration in Africa: Present and future
Africa's economy is growing. The International Monetary Fund forecasts growth at 4% for sub-Saharan Africa for 2016 and at 3.6% for North Africa. But with volatile commodity prices, growth is not guaranteed, and investment is required or sought across all sectors of the economy in all African...
01 July 2016
Inside Arbitration: A view of Johannesburg
In April 2016, the South African government gazetted a draft International Arbitration Bill, which will – at long last – domesticate the 1985 UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, alongside the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral...
21 September 2022
The EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation: Substantive Assessment Issues and Open Questions
The EU Institutions have now reached agreement in relation to the new Foreign Subsidies Regulation, a potentially far-reaching instrument that effectively creates a new subsidy control regime for non-EU subsidies affecting the EU's internal market.
21 September 2022
The third age looms – Why impact will shape the next generation of sustainable finance
Although one of the most touted investment trends, impact investing remains plagued by misconceptions and regulatory confusion. We look back over the three eras of sustainable investing and argue impact will unlock a new ambition for progressive finance.
20 September 2022
Japan Publishes Guidelines on Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence
On 13 September 2022, the Japanese government ( Government ) published its Guidelines on Respecting Human Rights in Responsible Supply Chains ( Guidelines ) (available in Japanese here ). The Guidelines set out how businesses active in Japan should address the human rights risks arising in their...
16 September 2022
Raising Capital in Uncertain Times
In this webinar Partners Paul Apathy and Clayton James, with our co-Head of Venture Capital Elizabeth Henderson and special Guest Panel Member Marcus Derwin, Managing Director, R Cubed, reflected on the current market for expansion capital raising and how founders, companies and investors can...
15 September 2022
HSF Explains: The Merge - A green crypto revolution or more hype?
This week one of the dominant blockchains Ethereum undertakes 'The Merge': a high-stakes move to a new platform, slashing its vast energy use and paving the way for major upgrades. HSF digital law expert Alex Cravero explains the impact and separates crypto from cryptic
13 September 2022
Supreme Court of NSW clarifies the nature and extent of the duty of care owed by building practitioners: What you need to know
The Design and Building Practitioners Act 2020 (NSW) ( DBP Act ) commenced just over two years ago. A significant feature of the DBP Act is the statutory duty of care it created, which provides that persons who carry out construction work have a duty to exercise reasonable care to avoid economic...
12 September 2022
Calling all shareholders: Australian Court rejects CEO’s call script for a scheme of arrangement
An Australian Court has refused to allow one-on-one communications initiated by a CEO to shareholders in respect of a scheme of arrangement, despite the proposed use of a script for the call.
12 September 2022
Virtus 03: On market acquisitions during a bid
The Australian Takeovers Panel in Virtus 03 addressed the lack of clarity regarding the steps a bidder should take in relation to an on-market acquisition of shares at a price different from the bid price – should the precise price be disclosed to the market prior to making such acquisition, or not?
12 September 2022
The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast
In this podcast Steven Jacobs is joined by industry insider guests to discuss current issues in gambling law, sports law, and digital law. Their conversations focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling and sports laws past and present, and delve into the digital law space to cover topics...