05 May 2022
Disputes in the technology industry: Q&A for Practical Law (UK)
Our technology disputes practitioners have recently published a Q&A in Practical Law on Disputes in the Technology Industry (see here for subscribers and here for a pdf) covering all aspects of disputes in the sector including current and future trends
21 December 2021
New Data Protection Law introduced in the UAE – 10 key takeaways
The United Arab Emirates has introduced a new Federal Law for the Protection of Personal Data, the first of its kind in the country and the latest edition to the country's Year of the 50th legislative reform package. Federal Decree-Law No. 45 of 2021 (the " Law ") promises to bring the UAE in line...
17 December 2021
Online Privacy Bill and Privacy Act Discussion Paper: Increased Enforcement Risk and Regulatory Change
As explored in our earlier briefing article, the recent release of the exposure draft of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021 (the Exposure Draft) and the Privacy Act Review – Discussion Paper (the Discussion Paper ) canvass a wide array of...
09 December 2021
Increasing localisation of data in Asia: Why this matters for tech
We are seeing a trend towards data localisation emerging in certain countries in Asia which is raising business-critical issues for the tech sector. Usually thought of as just a data privacy tool, regulation restricting cross-border transfers of data are gaining support with legislators in China,...
09 December 2021
Legal developments show data privacy trust critical for tech companies
Automated decision making based upon profiling which may be inaccurate or unfair is one of the great dangers of the digital age. It's easy to see the potential for serious harm: the allocation of a university place, a job, a mortgage, insurance or even lifesaving medical treatment on the basis of a...
28 April 2021
Key learnings from ACCC v Google (No 2) for disclosing data practices
The Federal Court has handed down its decision in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Google LLC (No 2)  FCA 367. The decision is important as it shows the continued acceptance by the Federal Court of expert evidence in the field of behavioural economics as a foundation for...
22 December 2020
Balancing Risks and Opportunities: Data Governance in Australia
Data has become the heartbeat of every business in today’s digital world. It is the key to knowing your customers, remaining competitive and succeeding into the future. Yet it comes with great responsibility – knowing how to use your data and protect it is becoming ever more important. Tune into...
03 November 2020
Submissions sought for Australia’s Privacy Act review
The Australian Government has published an issues paper outlining and seeking feedback on the Privacy Act 1988 (the Act) and other Australian laws protecting personal information, with submissions on a series of 68 questions due by 29 November 2020.
14 July 2020
COVID-19: Exploring Opportunities: Will your technology survive the outbreak? (Global)
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe continue to evolve on a daily basis. While this pandemic is first a public health and humanitarian crisis, the impacts of COVID-19 on global and national economies, businesses, supply chains, and the everyday lives of the world’s population are...
23 April 2020
COVID-19: People: Contact Tracing – balancing civil liberties (Australia)
In considering all its defensive options against the spread of COVID-19, the Australian Government has proposed a contact tracing smartphone “app” to be used in restricting the spread of COVID-19 and loosening lockdown measures.
31 March 2020
COVID-19: People: Data Privacy issues (Global)
In these unprecedented times, COVID-19 has forced organisations to quickly put in to place measures with the aim of ensuring both business continuity and the protection of employees. In many instances, this has involved increased processing of health data, in ways that were not envisaged a short...
18 March 2020
COVID-19: PEOPLE: WHEN PUBLIC HEALTH AND PRIVACY COLLIDE? (GLOBAL)
SUMMARY Governments and public authorities globally are requiring increased access to personal data of citizens in order to attempt to control and monitor the current spread of COVID-19. The pandemic is generally recognised by data protection authorities as giving rise to extraordinary...
17 March 2020
COVID-19: Potential legal impact (Spain)
In recent days, different measures have been adopted to counter the exceptional situation generated in Spain by COVID-19, including Royal Decree 436/2020, of 14 March, which declares the state of emergency to tackle the health emergency caused by COVID-19 (" RD 463/2020 "). The situation is highly...
08 August 2022
The UPC Rules
On July 2022 the UPC Rules of Procedure (the Rules) were announced as approved with the amendments from the previous (18 th ) draft (from 2017) being published in tracked changes form . One of the most significant changes was to opt-out procedures, as well as changes to restrict access to pleadings...
05 August 2022
Australian regulator consults on new operational risk management prudential standard
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority ( APRA ) has released its consultation on a new cross-industry prudential standard for operational risk management, CPS 230, which proposes to introduce a range of new requirements on APRA-regulated entities for managing operational risk and enhance...
04 August 2022
Cartel Intel: Interview with Ashley Brickles, Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting
As part of our quarterly Cartel Intel series, Herbert Smith Freehills' Brussels partner Daniel Vowden sat down with Ashley Brickles, (Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting) to discuss the latest EMEA cartel developments
04 August 2022
Another one bites the dust – managing risk in scheme transactions in Australia
A series of public M&A transactions in Australia have recently been called off or renegotiated in light of a changing market and worsening economic conditions, highlighting the need for target companies to carefully consider and protect against deal termination risk.
03 August 2022
Tax in M&A in the UK and Europe – What you need to know
The third edition of our comprehensive guide to tax in European transactions breaks down the key tactical issues for deal professionals and boards. From transfer taxes, to debt financing, to post-deal disposal issues – our experts chart the EMEA landscape
02 August 2022
12 months reprieve for Foreign Financial Services Providers using Australian Financial Services Licence Exemptions
Today the Australian corporate regulator, ASIC, announced an extension of 12 months for the transitional arrangements for the passporting exemptions and limited connection exemption, which will now expire on 31 March 2024.