02 September 2019
One Step Forward for Battery-powered Electric Vehicles in Indonesia
On 8 August 2019, Indonesia’s President signed the country’s first regulation on electric vehicles – Presidential Regulation No. 55 of 2019 on the Acceleration Program for Battery-powered Electric Vehicles for Road Transportation (“ PR 55/2019 ”). PR 55/2019 reflects the government’s twin ambitions...
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,...
15 April 2019
Corporate Debt & Treasury Report 2019
British business is bullish about raising debt despite uncertainty over Brexit and other headwinds. For a sixth consecutive year, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has surveyed and interviewed CFOs, treasurers and other senior finance professionals in large UK listed corporates and equivalents for our...
13 December 2018
Are you ready for the new lease standards under IFRS 16?
CHANGES IN A NUTSHELL From 1 January 2019, a new IFRS 16 standard, which was published by the International Accounting Standards Board in January 2016, comes into force. It will profoundly change the accounting treatment of leases by requiring companies to bring most leases on-balance sheet. The...
25 October 2018
Asia-Pacific Restructuring Review 2019
The Asia-Pacific Restructuring Review 2019 provides exclusive insight from local practitioners in 10 different Asia-Pacific jurisdictions. Herbert Smith Freehills and Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung authored the Australian and Indonesian chapters (respectively) for the Asia-Pacific Restructuring...
27 September 2018
“Holding” DOCAs confirmed as valid by High Court of Australia
On 12 September 2018, the High Court of Australia ( High Court ) gave judgment in the case of Mighty River International Limited v Hughes ( Mighty River ). 1 In that decision, the High Court (by a 3:2 majority) held that a “holding” deed of company arrangement ( DOCA ) is valid.
18 September 2019
DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN THE ERA OF BIG DATA AND AI
Be it machine learning, natural language processing, augmented analytics or distributed ledger technology (aka blockchain), new technologies are revolutionising the way in which business is done in every industry. In order to leverage the benefits of these disruptive technologies, businesses are...
18 September 2019
The long arm of regulation: responding to cross-border financial services investigations
Financial services firms conduct their business activities across markets and borders, often performing services and holding data in locations other than those in which they interact with their clients. Over a decade after the financial crisis, their regulators remain under sustained public and...
17 September 2019
CJEU refuses UK HC's request for preliminary ruling on SPC applications based on third-party MAs, on account of referred question being "hypothetical" (C-239/19 Eli Lilly v Genentech)
On 5 September 2019, the Ninth Chamber of the CJEU refused a request for referral in relation to the interpretation of Article 3(b) of Regulation (EC) No 469/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009 concerning the supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products...
12 September 2019
ACCC issues guidance on competition risks in IP transactions: Beware the inadvertent cartel
The ACCC has issued final Guidelines on how Australia’s competition laws will apply to intellectual property assignments and licences following the repeal of the ‘IP exemption’ from prohibitions on anti-competitive conduct which was contained in subsection 51(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act...
11 September 2019
Class Actions in Australia: Emerging Trends
There have been a range of developments in the class actions landscape over the past year. The Australian Law Reform Commission completed its review of class action proceedings and third party litigation funding, an appeal is pending in the High Court of Australia on common fund orders and the...
10 September 2019
Using Decision Analysis to evaluate a settlement offer
Using Decision Analysis to evaluate a settlement offer The HSF Decision Analysis team brings together highly numerate disputes lawyers to build decision tree models and help clients quantify, visualise and better understand legal risks in their disputes. This service has brought new insights to...
10 September 2019
'Mega-fines' and compensation – how might companies be affected? Developments in Data Protection Law September 2019
In this update, we provide you with a brief summary of two recent developments in relation to sanctions imposed under the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). Firstly, the Berlin Data Protection Authority ("Berlin DPA") recently announced its willingness to impose multimillion-euro fines...
06 September 2019
Classic cross-border cooperation: joint court hearings in the Halifax insolvency
On 22 August 2019, the Federal Court of Australia ( FCA ) held that it could make a request to the New Zealand High Court ( NZHC ) that there be a joint hearing of those courts in respect of applications relating to the pooling of various funds held by companies subject to Australian and New...
06 September 2019
FATF and APG publish long-awaited mutual evaluation report on Hong Kong
Following the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ) and the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering’s inspection of Hong Kong in October and November 2018, their much anticipated Mutual Evaluation Report ( Report ) on Hong Kong was published on 4 September 2019. Our previous bulletin on 25 June 2019...