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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.
21 September 2022

President Biden’s Executive Order tightens CFIUS scrutiny of foreign investments in key US sectors

As US toughens CFIUS oversight of foreign investments in sensitive sectors of the economy, we assess the key factors in play
21 September 2022

Australian Public M&A Report 2022

The 14th edition of our annual review of Australia's deal market assess the key transactions and trends after another eventful 12 months for public bids
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...
20 September 2022

TechQuake - Everything you wanted to know about the metaverse (but were afraid to ask)

In the first of our TechQuake series exploring high-impact technologies, we ask how seriously the business world should take the metaverse
20 September 2022

An evolving role, demanding commercial and political expertise: General Counsel in tech

Our research shows legal chiefs at tech firms expected to provide commercial, strategic and political insight
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
14 September 2022


Herbert Smith Freehills, supported by The Law Society, is proud to be hosting a law industry event in London on 14 September to look at autistic inclusion in the profession
14 September 2022

The Third Wheel podcast series: ESG in Australia

We explore the topical Environment, Social and Governance issues of the day in Australia.
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...