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10 May 2021

London International Disputes Week 2021

10 – 14 May 2021 Herbert Smith Freehills is a proud founding member of LIDW. London International Disputes Week 2021 comes at a significant period for the UK legal sector, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, post-Brexit and amid an uncertain global political environment. Through a programme of...
05 March 2021

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Podcasts

Join our experts as they discuss and share their views on the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space covering areas such as underpayment compliance, annualised salary provisions, industrial manslaughter laws and what key...
04 March 2021

ESMA FINAL REPORT ON ARTICLE 8 OF THE EU TAXONOMY REGULATION

On 1 March 2021 the European Securities and Markets Authority ( ESMA ) published its Final Report on advice under Article 8 of the Taxonomy Regulation. The Final Report outlines the information that non-financial undertakings and asset managers need to provide to comply with their disclosure...
03 March 2021

Developments in the ESG Bond Market: Sustainability-Linked Bonds and Transition Bonds

This is the third in a series of articles looking at the development of ESG in debt financing (the first and second can be found here and here ). In this article, we look at the ESG bond market and focus in particular on sustainability-linked bonds and transition bonds. We will discuss the...
02 March 2021

Contract disputes practical guides

Welcome to the home page for our series of contract disputes practical guides, designed to provide clients with practical guidance on some key issues that feature in disputes relating to commercial contracts under English law. Each edition comprises: a PDF guide (linked below); an hour-long webinar...
02 March 2021

UK Government publishes revised sector definitions for mandatory notification under new national security screening regime

The UK Government has today published its response to the consultation on mandatory notification in specific sectors under the proposed new national security screening regime contained in the National Security and Investment Bill ( NSI Bill ). The NSI Bill is currently making its way through the...
01 March 2021

MALAYSIA PLANS LONG TERM FOR POST-PANDEMIC FDI

Foreign direct investment in Malaysia has weathered the storms of 2020.
26 February 2021

Takeover Defence: Recent Trends, Themes and Tactics

In this article, we highlight some key aspects of public company M&A activity over the last 12 months and examine a number of themes that we have observed over that period.
26 February 2021

Flexible and bespoke bid conditions – protecting against material risks

In E&P Financial Group Limited [2021] ATP 1, the Takeovers Panel has confirmed that bidders have considerable latitude to craft and impose bid conditions that are designed to protect against material risks – subject always to the conditions not being prohibited by law or policy, such as...
26 February 2021

GENERAL COUNSEL UPDATE, FEBRUARY 2021

This is the latest in our series of general counsel updates which aim to summarise major developments in key areas.
26 February 2021

Private equity investments under the UK’s new national security screening regime

The implications of the UK’s proposed national security investment screening regime have been widely debated since the National Security and Investment Bill ( NSI Bill ) was introduced to Parliament on 11 November 2020.
26 February 2021

Judicial review and the life sciences and health sectors

The life sciences and healthcare sector is subject to complex regulation, and decisions of Government bodies can have a significant impact on the availability and production of pharmaceutical products.
25 February 2021

Inside Arbitration: The New ICC Rules 2021: What you need to know

The new ICC Rules 2021 (2021 Rules) came into force on 1 January 2021. When released in draft in October 2020 they were announced as “ another step towards even more efficient, flexible and transparent ICC Arbitrations ”. The 2021 Rules came hot on the heels of the release of the new LCIA Rules...
25 February 2021

Event: In conversation with Sanjay Bhandari

The Herbert Smith Freehills Alumni Network and Multiculturalism Network are delighted to invite you to a Q&A style virtual event with Sanjay Bhandari , alumnus and Chair of football's equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out .
25 February 2021

Inside arbitration: Spotlight interview: Kath Sanger

Born and bred in Yorkshire, UK, Kath has lived and worked in Mainland China and Hong Kong since 2002. She joined our Hong Kong Arbitration Team as a Partner in October 2016, after many years in the Disputes team of Clifford Chance. Kath is a commercial arbitration specialist with a broad practice...