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10 October 2022

HSF PROUD GOLD SPONSORS AT THE LONDON CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL LAW: 10-11 OCTOBER 2022

The London Conference on International Law will be taking place at the QEII Centre, London, on Monday 10 October and Tuesday 11 October 2022. This year’s conference will focus on ‘States in Emergency – International Law at a Time of Reckoning’ .
06 October 2022

Near enough is good enough: Full Federal Court of Australia revisits construction of “about” in patent claim

In the area of patent law, clarity is king. Where precision of language is essential for defining the limits and scope of legal rights, the acceptance within Australia of unbounded terms such as “about” in patent claims (unlike other major jurisdictions such as Europe) seems almost anomalous.
05 October 2022

Demystifying Australia's recent Security of Critical Infrastructure Act reforms

Recent amendments to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (“the Act”) constitute some of the most significant cybersecurity reforms in Australia’s history.
30 September 2022

Latest developments - Creating a National Anti-Corruption Commission: What does it mean for business?

On 28 September 2022, the Australian Labor Party introduced the National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2022 to federal parliament, fulfilling one of its key promises from the federal election earlier this year.
29 September 2022

Africa’s competitive edge as a clean hydrogen hub

The following article by Nina Bowyer, a partner based in our Paris office and the co-Head of the firm’s Africa Practice Group, and Barbara McNulty, an associate based in our London office, was first published by Africa Oil Week (AOW) ahead of AOW 2022, taking place in Cape Town in October 2022...
29 September 2022

The Third Wheel podcast series: ESG in Australia

We explore the topical Environment, Social and Governance issues of the day in Australia.
28 September 2022

Africa Merger Control Tool

Our informative and interactive guide on the current state of competition merger regulation across Africa is now available.
28 September 2022

Trust Companies Survey 2022: ESG and Trusts

ESG is one of the most common phrases we hear these days in investing circles and trusts and trustees are not untouched by the increasing focus on Environmental, Social and Governance investment criteria. However, trustees may not feel as free as private individuals to apply ESG screens to their...
28 September 2022

Inside IR: The Australian Industrial Relations Podcast

Inside IR is a podcast series that delves into the industrial relations landscape in Australia.
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

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