16 April 2019
2018 Australian IPO Review: regulatory developments
Whilst the Banking Royal Commission has attracted the most attention, in 2018 both ASIC and ASX continued to focus on improving listing practices of issuers, advisers and market participants, with ASIC issuing new guidance regarding the allocation of securities and ASX proposing amendments to its...
03 January 2019
SEC Chairman comments on Brexit, LIBOR and Cybersecurity risks
On 6 December 2018, the Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “ SEC ”), Jay Clayton, delivered a speech 1 in New York where he identified the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union (“ Brexit ”), the transition away from LIBOR and cybersecurity as key market risks that...
09 July 2018
Comments on UK proposal for the future relationship with the EU
Last Friday, 6 July, it was understood that the UK Cabinet had finally united around a UK position on the desired future relationship with the EU. However, it now remains to be seen if the proposal survives the protests of “betrayal” heard from some quarters and the resignations of the Secretary of...
09 July 2018
Shareholder activism – new tactics, new players and a change in tone
Shareholder activism continues to grow in the UK as it does globally, both in terms of capital deployed and the publicity it attracts. While shareholder activism is not a new concept in the UK, the type of investors involved in activist campaigns, the companies that they are targeting, the tools...
16 November 2017
General Counsel Update, November 2017
This is the latest in our series of general counsel updates which aim to summarise major developments in key areas. Click Download for a copy of the update. Please see a summary of content below. Click download above for a full copy. For more information, please contact Emily Lew , Editor.
15 November 2017
MAS issues Guide to Digital Token Offerings
On 14 November 2017, the Monetary Authority of Singapore ( MAS ) issued a guide during the first day of the Singapore FinTech Festival to provide general guidance on the application of the securities laws administered by the MAS, namely the Securities and Futures Act ( SFA ) and the Financial...
01 November 2017
The view from Brussels – Brexit negotiations – Developments in October
The Brexit debate often looks different viewed from Brussels rather than from London. It is however important for businesses to also keep in mind the Brussels perspective and therefore we publish a monthly view from our Brussels office on recent developments and the state of the negotiations.
06 October 2017
Reform of French Securitisation Law and Creation of Specialised Financing Vehicles
The reform of the French securitisation legislation announced by the Government throughout the implementation of 'Sapin 2 Law' has been published on 5 October 2017. This reform is coupled with the introduction into French law of specialized financing vehicles and a new reform of the banking...
07 September 2020
London International Disputes Week 2020
We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
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...
20 February 2020
Consumer Data Right: 2020 Update
Following extensive activity around the Consumer Data Right (CDR) throughout 2019, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) advised in December 2019 that the CDR roll-out in respect of the banking sector would be delayed due to incomplete system testing. As a result, the first...
18 February 2020
Insurance for COVID-19 losses
The Coronavirus and the consequential action by Chinese authorities to quarantine areas and close factories is causing significant disruption to supply chain logistics for businesses all over the world. Many Australian policyholders are asking: can the adverse financial consequences of the...
18 February 2020
Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector – a new regulatory field?
The Committee on Standards in Public Life (the “Committee”) has published a report on artificial intelligence (“AI”) and its impact on public standards following the Committee’s review into this fast-developing field (the “Report”). The Report sets out the Committee’s recommendations for the...
17 February 2020
Foreign investment: Rising tides of politics in regulation
Foreign Direct Investment ( FDI ) filings are an increasingly important piece of the regulatory jigsaw for cross-border M&A. Our newly updated report on Foreign Investment: Rising Tides of Politics in Regulation considers both the current landscape and new restrictions due to take effect by the...
14 February 2020
Federal Court provides helpful guidance on a range of AFSL concepts
On 5 February 2020, the Federal Court of Australia handed down its decision in Australian Securities and Investments Commission v One Tech Media Ltd  FCA 46 ( One Tech Media ). The Court found that One Tech Media Limited ( One Tech ), Allianz Metro Pty Ltd ( Allianz Australia ) and others had...