11 December 2019
Real Estate. Reconsidered
The real estate sector has been at the centre of many of the most significant changes that are impacting the modern world. A decade ago the financial crisis shook our markets. However, the subsequent drive for diversification has led to an unprecedented period of cross-border investment and...
12 February 2016
Forge – Turbines – Decision provides guidance on PPS leases and confirms operation of vesting provisions in PPSA
On 11 February 2016, the NSW Supreme Court provided some helpful guidance about the circumstances in which an operating lease will constitute a PPS lease and the operation of the vesting provisions in the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) ( PPSA ).
16 April 2021
Update: On 15 April 2021 the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has ruled the Berlin Rent Cap (Berliner Mietendeckel) to be void in its Entirety
With yesterday´s ruling, the Second Senate of the German Federal Constitutional Court (Court) declared the law of the State of Berlin on rent limitation on residential properties in Berlin (Berlin Rent Cap) to be unconstitutional and therefore void in its entirety.
15 April 2021
Routes and obstacles to a second Scottish independence referendum
At the time, the 2014 referendum was seen as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to settle the question: “ Should Scotland be an independent country”. The No-vote won by 55% to 45%. However, as we approach the 2021 Scottish Parliament election on 6 May, the debate around a second referendum is...
13 April 2021
Pharmaceutical patent term extensions: federal court hears challenge to “absurd” Australian patent office ruling
Two major pharmaceutical companies have challenged Australia’s Commissioner of Patents in the Federal Court about the time limits within which an application can be made to extend a patent term.
12 April 2021
The Future of Consumer Series
It is an exciting time for The Future of Consumer with the opportunities from innovation and technology, yet constant pressure to keep pace with regulatory intervention and change; disruptive technologies; and business model adaptations. The Future of Consumer series tackles a range of issues to...
12 April 2021
The Future of Consumer – 2021 APAC predictions
2020 presented a number of significant challenges with Covid-19 accelerating some of the existing trends in the consumer sector – and we expect to see these issues driving some real turning points in 2021, as our Asia-Pacific Consumer team will explore in this series. Trust continues to be a major...
08 April 2021
Real estate transfer tax (“RETT”) reform likely to be implemented on short notice
The German RETT reform is gaining momentum and an updated draft bill is contemplated to be voted on by the German parliament as early as mid-April. While a draft bill has not yet been published, with a few exceptions, the new rules are expected to be largely similar to a previous draft published in...
31 March 2021
The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast on gambling law
This podcast, hosted by Steven Jacobs , will focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling laws past and present, telling the stories of the people affected by this sometimes-impenetrable and often-changing landscape, and providing insight on what will come next.
31 March 2021
SPACs and de-SPACing – What Australian companies need to know
In 2020, SPACs overtook traditional IPOs in the US by number and each of them will need to find acquisition targets or be liquidated within a set time frame. Increasingly, Australian companies are on the radar as acquisition targets for SPACs. In this article we examine what they are, why...
31 March 2021
Policyholder successfully challenges insurer’s refusal to cover ‘securities claim’
In good news for policyholders defending class actions, the Federal Court of Australia has rejected an insurer’s arguments that a class action settlement was not covered because: the units in an ASX-listed trust the subject of the proceedings were not “securities”; and the proceedings arose from...