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24 March 2023

Major scheme of arrangement reforms in Australia

Recently appointed Federal Court Judge, Justice Jackman, is implementing significant reforms to the Australian scheme of arrangement process.
24 March 2023

Japan-Australia Investment Report 2022: Decarbonisation and Energy Security

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to present the sixth annual report on Japan-Australia M&A and partnertships, and the prevailing trends driving cross-border investment.
24 March 2023

Gone but not forgotten: Combatting Corporate Crime Bill lapsed but combatting bribery remains in focus

Whatever happened to the Combatting Corporate Crime Bill? A recent OECD Report shows the Australian Government has not given up on anti-bribery law reform and police and prosecutors are actively pursuing foreign bribery matters.
23 March 2023

Tech, consumers and the ACCC: a continued focus on compliance with the Australian Consumer Law

The ACCC’s new Chair, Ms Gina Cass-Gottlieb, has signalled that the year ahead for the tech sector will entail a continuation of focussed regulatory scrutiny, particularly through the consumer protection lens. We refect on five recent ACCC speeches and announcements which have reiterated the...
23 March 2023

The IP in AI: Can IP rights protect AI systems?

With the expanding popularity of ML and AI systems, developers and investors expect those systems to be protected from unauthorised use by others.
21 March 2023

Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency in Asia Pacific 2023

Our 2023 edition of the Guide to Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency in Asia Pacific is a resource for corporates, financiers, creditors, funds, directors and other stakeholders exposed to financially distressed companies in the region.
20 March 2023

Australian High Court smooths out wrinkle in trade mark law: Reputation not relevant to ‘deceptive similarity’ test of infringement

The High Court has clearly set out in Self Care v Allergan that the reputation of a trade mark is not relevant when assessing deceptive similarity in infringement proceedings. 1 In a unanimous decision, overruling a three-judge bench of the Full Federal Court, the High Court held that Self Care did...
20 March 2023

2023 Herbert Smith Freehills Guide to Takeovers and Schemes of Arrangement

The 2023 edition of the Herbert Smith Freehills Guide to Takeovers and Schemes of Arrangement has been launched. Our Guide is designed to provide a helpful summary of some of the key legal and regulatory issues that arise in connection with Australian takeovers and schemes.
20 March 2023

Asia-Pacific: Evolving legislation and enforcement tactics help competition authorities fight cartels and abusive conduct

In our chapter of the Asia-Pacific Antitrust Review 2023 we provide a snapshot of broad trends in competition law enforcement across the Asia-Pacific region.
17 March 2023

Tax Bites: Australian Tax Podcast Series

We explore the latest tax developments in Australia.
16 March 2023

Employment and workplace relations in Australia Legal Guide 2023

Everything employers need to know, updated to reflect the recent Secure Jobs, Better Pay and Respect at Work reforms.
16 March 2023

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Webinars

In case you missed it, you can access our previous Employment & IR briefing and Safety Leadership Series webinars below. Join our expert briefings for the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space. In these short sessions,...
15 March 2023

Inside Arbitration - Issue 15

The latest issue of Inside Arbitration explores the cutting edge of global dispute resolution from hydrogen and climate change to next-gen risk analysis
15 March 2023

Inside Arbitration: MENA and arbitration in 2022 – Change, development and uncertainty

From shake-ups in Dubai to seats vying for position, 2022 proved a frenetic year for Middle East and North African disputes
15 March 2023

Inside arbitration: Spotlight interview: Tom Furlong

Tom has spent much of his career with the firm in Asia, moving from Hong Kong to Singapore in 2019, where he was promoted to partner. Tom works on Asia-related disputes particularly for private capital, energy and tech/telco clients. From Singapore, his work regularly involves clients or...