10 December 2019
The ACCC pilots its first ‘effect test’ in misuse of market power proceedings
On 6 December 2019, the ACCC launched its first enforcement proceedings under the new ‘effects test’ prohibition on misuse of market power. The proceedings will provide much needed guidance as to how the much-debated ‘effects test’ will apply to unilateral conduct. It is noteworthy that the two...
30 September 2019
ACCC’s inquiry into the supply of retail FX services – Final Report
On 2 September 2019, the ACCC released the final report of the ACCC’s inquiry into the supply of foreign currency conversion services ( FX services ) in Australia (the Report ). The ACCC concluded that Australian consumers are paying too much for FX services because of confusing, inconsistent...
25 June 2019
The view from Brussels - Can the Backstop be Renegotiated?
Both candidates to be leader of the Conservative Party, and therefore to be UK Prime Minister, have vowed to renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement and in particular the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. Meanwhile in Brussels, the EU-27 (meeting in Euro summit format) has just reiterated, again,...
26 March 2019
Accessing a deregistered policyholder’s cover, and the need to consider exclusions carefully in context
A recent case 1 in the financial services sector illustrates that: A counterparty being deregistered is not the endpoint for insurance claims. Claimants can access liability insurance policy proceeds even when the policyholder is in liquidation and deregistered. Exclusions should be carefully...
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...
29 May 2018
Pfizer beats the ACCC again – implications for pharma
The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has dismissed an appeal by the ACCC against an earlier judgment in relation to pharmaceutical company Pfizer. While the Full Court upheld the single judge decision that Pfizer had not misused its market power or engaged in prohibited anti-competitive...
17 November 2017
Herbert Smith Freehills acts for Tabcorp in second successful authorisation application to acquire Tatts
The Australian Competition Tribunal has today granted authorisation to Tabcorp Holdings Limited, represented by Herbert Smith Freehills, to acquire the shares in Tatts Group Limited as part of its AU$11 billion merger with Tatts.
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.
18 October 2017
UK Government consults on proposals to expand national security review of foreign investments beyond current merger control regime
On 17 October 2017 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy ( BEIS ) published its long-awaited Green Paper National Security and Infrastructure Investment Review for consultation. The Green Paper contains proposals to extend the UK merger control public interest intervention...
05 September 2017
ACCC v Medibank Private Limited: Court finds no misrepresentation in regards to out-of-pocket medical expenses
The Federal Court has found against the ACCC in considering changes to Medibank’s coverage for certain out-of-pocket expenses and related representations made in various Medibank documents. In rejecting the ACCC’s contentions, the Court undertook a detailed and careful analysis of Medibank’s...
18 August 2017
Frictionless trade? UK-EU customs relations post-Brexit
On 15 and 16 August 2017 the UK Government published two papers setting out its proposals for UK-EU customs relations post-Brexit. While these papers contain the greatest amount of detail to date in relation to the Government's thinking, they do of course only represent the start of the...
20 June 2017
Herbert Smith Freehills acts for Tabcorp in successful authorisation application to acquire Tatts
The Australian Competition Tribunal has granted Tabcorp Holdings Limited ( Tabcorp ), represented by Herbert Smith Freehills, authorisation to acquire shares in Tatts Group Limited as set out in their Merger Implementation Deed dated 18 October 2016.
29 January 2020
Is US government inaction on climate change a breach of the constitution?
A United States court has recently been asked to consider whether the federal government’s inaction in relation to climate change breaches the United States constitution. The court (by a majority of two to one) reluctantly found that they did not have jurisdiction to order the government to redress...
29 January 2020
Protecting your company’s critical resource: Is your company PDPA ready?
Data has been labeled the world’s most valuable resource in our current digital economy. It is the lifeblood of many companies, especially those in the technology, media and telecommunications sector where data is often used to predict, analyse and respond to consumers’ behaviours, patterns and...
29 January 2020
Court of Appeal ruling in Ping confirms that online sales ban amounts to serious infringement of competition rules
On 21 January 2020 the Court of Appeal confirmed that the online sales restriction imposed by golf manufacturer Ping on its approved retailers under its internet sales policy (ISP) was a restriction of competition ‘by object’, the most serious type of competition law infringement that does not...
28 January 2020
DIFC Employment Law Update: New DEWS Scheme replaces ESG from 1 February 2020 – 10 key features every employer needs to know
As we previously reported, the new DIFC Employment Law, Law No. 2 of 2019, came into effect on 28 August 2019 (click here to read our employment e-bulletin on 16 key changes introduced by the new law). Also as previously reported ( here ), following a period of consultation, the statutory end of...
28 January 2020
The View from Brussels: Some critical issues for the future trade relationship
The European Commission has started a debate with the Member States on the shape of the Union's future trade relationship with the UK and has made its views public in a series of slides . The UK Government has so far not set out its position in anything like the same detail but has indicated a...
24 January 2020
Financial Accountability Regime to introduce obligations on RSE licensees and insurers
Reforms proposed by the Government this week will impose significant obligations on registrable superannuation entity licensees and insurers. These reforms will also have implications for banks that are already subject to the Banking Executive Accountability Regime ( BEAR ).
22 January 2020
Moscow Corporate Crime and Investigations Newsletter - January 2020
This newsletter summarises recent developments in Russian regulations, enforcement and court practice which may be relevant for doing business in Russia, from a corporate crime and investigations perspective. Additionally, this newsletter identifies some developments in the US and other relevant...
21 January 2020
The new environment for climate change litigation
The Dutch Supreme Court (the Court ) has recently affirmed a decision of the District Court to issue an order directing the State of the Netherlands to reduce it's greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2020 by at least 25% of the emissions as at 1990. The order issued by the District Court now...
21 January 2020
HIGH COURT STRIKES OUT CLAIM AGAINST BANKS IN THEIR CAPACITY AS LENDERS TO INVESTORS OF A TAX DEFERRAL SCHEME
The High Court has struck out claims brought by former investors in the Ingenious Media tax deferral schemes against lending banks who advanced sums to the investors for the purpose of investing in the scheme: Mr Anthony Barness & Ors v Ingenious Media Limited & Ors  EWHC 3299 (Ch) .
16 January 2020
Top 10 Employment Law Developments Of The Decade: Part 2
In the final installment of our two-part article, we conclude our countdown of the top U.S. labor and employment developments of the 2010s. This part covers the key developments from 2015 to 2019, and it concludes with our selection of the most important development of the decade.