01 November 2022
Retail access for virtual assets – risky business or radical open-mindedness?
Hong Kong’s Fintech Week 2022 began with a crypto-infused bang with keynote speeches from the Government and financial regulators embracing the financial innovation made possible by virtual assets (VAs). Recognising that VAs are here to stay, Hong Kong has proposed to recalibrate the existing legal...
16 October 2020
Members of our Digital Law Group contribute to the Tech London Advocates and UK Law Society’s guidance for lawyers advising on distributed ledger technologies
“Technology underpins innovation in legal services and plays a critical role in driving the postcoronavirus recovery across all sectors of the economy. The report of the TLA’s Blockchain Legal and Regulatory Group will provide a clear framework and much needed guidance on the use of blockchain in...
02 October 2018
Hashing out the Implications of Smart Contracting under English Law
Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), commonly known as blockchain technology, is driving a new wave of innovation across many industries. Blockchain is often billed as a technology able to revolutionise how businesses operate, by improving reliability, security and speed due to the decentralisation...
29 August 2018
Herbert Smith Freehills, Data61 and IBM create consortium to deliver smart legal contracts on blockchain to Australian businesses
DLT Co. (formerly known as the Australian National Blockchain) will help create a new technology platform to securely and transparently manage legal agreements. Herbert Smith Freehills, CSIRO’s Data61, and IBM have formed a consortium to build Australia’s first cross-industry, large-scale, digital...
28 June 2018
Sourcing in the digital age - shaped by disruption
This article first appeared in the July 2018 issue of PLC Magazine . Nick Pantlin, Jeremy Purton, Alex Cravero and Claire Wiseman of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP discuss how new disruptive technologies are shaping current sourcing strategies.
26 February 2018
The supply chain and brand value
In this article we look at how transparency and business ethics are driving supply chains to the foreground, and how new technologies can give your business an edge. Supply chain management is business critical in the FMCG sector. It ensures that the right goods and ingredients get to market when...
22 September 2017
Regulators around the world become more vocal regarding the potential risks associated with ICOs
The rapid rise of initial coin offerings ( ICOs ) this year has prompted heightened scrutiny by regulators globally. On 4 September 2017, seven major regulators governing the finance and technology sectors in China (collectively, the Chinese Regulators ), jointly published an announcement...
22 August 2017
Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT): DLT commonly known as blockchain technology is driving a new wave of innovation and productivity in the mining industry
Capital investment flows and the explosion of DLT projects across a multitude of industries internationally shows us that the technology which originated with the digital currency Bitcoin is exponentially shapeshifting in its use-cases and here to stay.
15 August 2017
MAS clarifies stance on digital tokens
On 1 August 2017, the Monetary Authority of Singapore ( MAS ) clarified through a media release that an offer or issue of digital tokens would be regulated if these tokens constitute products which are regulated under the Securities and Futures Act ( SFA ). In doing so, the MAS sent a strong signal...
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...
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...
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...