24 December 2021
The Growing Importance of Social Loans for Project Finance
The last five years has seen a global boom in sustainable financing, primarily driven by green loans and bonds, and sustainability linked loans (SLLs). Growth in this area has been linked to a desire to align financing transactions with a broader imperative to improve the environmental impact of...
10 March 2020
Yes Minister - Proposed New powers to derogate from the NER
The National Electricity (Victoria) Amendment Bill 2020 ( Bill ) introduced by the Victorian Government on 18 February seeks to make it easier for the Minister to derogate from the National Electricity Rules ( NER ). So how will the Minister use their proposed new powers?
24 October 2019
ACT Renewable Energy Reverse Auction
Following on from the four reverse auctions held between 2012 to 2016, the ACT Government has announced a new renewable energy reverse auction (the Reverse Auction ) to “safeguard the delivery of sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2020 from within the ACT or across the National Electricity...
20 March 2019
Developing Green Hydrogen projects
In the lead up to this year’s federal election, both of Australia’s major political parties have released announcements regarding the establishment of an Australian hydrogen industry. A key focus of these announcements is the commitment to investing in ‘green’ hydrogen technologies, which through a...
12 February 2018
Syndicated facilities institute obtains legislative acknowledgement in Russia
On 31 December 2017 the President of the Russian Federation signed one of the laws which has been most discussed by the Russian banking and legal communities – Federal Law No. 486-FZ "On a syndicated facility (loan) and amendments to certain legislative acts of the Russian Federation" (the " Law...
24 January 2018
China's Belt and Road Initiative: Projects pave the way
Unveiled in 2013, China's Belt and Road Initiative is a massive stimulus for infrastructure development across over 60 countries. In this article, Hilary Lau, Monica Sun and Jie Li from our Greater China offices provide an overview of the initiative to date.
06 December 2017
Queensland Election: What happens to the Sunshine State’s renewable energy projects?
A second term Palaszczuk Labor government purports to remain committed to renewable energy development in Queensland and is likely to face limited opposition from independent and minor party members, conditional upon renewables assisting in reducing the cost of energy. Uncertainty surrounding the...
20 November 2017
Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) Auction Scheme now taking bids
In response to Victoria becoming the first state to legislate for its renewable energy targets, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target 2017 Reverse Auction (the Reverse Auction ), will award commercial contracts which enable up to 650 megawatts ( MW ) of large-scale renewable energy generation (with...
06 October 2017
Reform of French Securitisation Law and Creation of Specialised Financing Vehicles
The reform of the French securitisation legislation announced by the Government throughout the implementation of 'Sapin 2 Law' has been published on 5 October 2017. This reform is coupled with the introduction into French law of specialized financing vehicles and a new reform of the banking...
31 August 2017
Addenda: Further details on the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme released
The Victorian Government has released further information regarding the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme ( VREAS ), confirming that the VREAS will be a key strategy contributing to the Victorian Renewable Energy Targets ( VRET ) legislated in the Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Bill...
08 June 2017
Renewable Energy Package for Queensland presents further investment opportunities
On 5 June 2017, the Queensland Government announced the $1.16 billion ‘Powering Queensland Plan’ ( Plan ). Among other measures, the Plan contains numerous initiatives to further stimulate investment in renewable energy projects in Queensland. Queensland will hold a state election on or before 5...
10 October 2022
HSF PROUD GOLD SPONSORS AT THE LONDON CONFERENCE ON INTERNATIONAL LAW: 10-11 OCTOBER 2022
The London Conference on International Law will be taking place at the QEII Centre, London, on Monday 10 October and Tuesday 11 October 2022. This year’s conference will focus on ‘States in Emergency – International Law at a Time of Reckoning’ .
06 October 2022
Near enough is good enough: Full Federal Court of Australia revisits construction of “about” in patent claim
In the area of patent law, clarity is king. Where precision of language is essential for defining the limits and scope of legal rights, the acceptance within Australia of unbounded terms such as “about” in patent claims (unlike other major jurisdictions such as Europe) seems almost anomalous.
30 September 2022
Latest developments - Creating a National Anti-Corruption Commission: What does it mean for business?
On 28 September 2022, the Australian Labor Party introduced the National Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2022 to federal parliament, fulfilling one of its key promises from the federal election earlier this year.
29 September 2022
Africa’s competitive edge as a clean hydrogen hub
The following article by Nina Bowyer, a partner based in our Paris office and the co-Head of the firm’s Africa Practice Group, and Barbara McNulty, an associate based in our London office, was first published by Africa Oil Week (AOW) ahead of AOW 2022, taking place in Cape Town in October 2022...
28 September 2022
Trust Companies Survey 2022: ESG and Trusts
ESG is one of the most common phrases we hear these days in investing circles and trusts and trustees are not untouched by the increasing focus on Environmental, Social and Governance investment criteria. However, trustees may not feel as free as private individuals to apply ESG screens to their...
21 September 2022
The EU Foreign Subsidies Regulation: Substantive Assessment Issues and Open Questions
The EU Institutions have now reached agreement in relation to the new Foreign Subsidies Regulation, a potentially far-reaching instrument that effectively creates a new subsidy control regime for non-EU subsidies affecting the EU's internal market.
21 September 2022
The third age looms – Why impact will shape the next generation of sustainable finance
Although one of the most touted investment trends, impact investing remains plagued by misconceptions and regulatory confusion. We look back over the three eras of sustainable investing and argue impact will unlock a new ambition for progressive finance.