12 May 2020
COVID-19: Pressure Points: European Commission Issues State Aid Rules for COVID-19 State Recapitalisations and Subordinated Debt (Europe)
On 8 May 2020 the European Commission adopted the second amendment to its Temporary Framework on the application of the EU State aid rules in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. The amendment extends the Temporary Framework to cover State recapitalisations of companies in the form of equity and hybrid...
20 March 2020
COVID-19: Governance: European Commission issues temporary State aid framework for COVID-19 (Europe)
On 19 March 2020, the Commission issued a Temporary Framework setting out how it will apply the EU State aid rules with respect to certain types of liquidity support granted by Member States to businesses in order to preserve the continuity of economic activity during and after the COVID-19...
01 November 2017
The view from Brussels – Brexit negotiations – Developments in October
The Brexit debate often looks different viewed from Brussels rather than from London. It is however important for businesses to also keep in mind the Brussels perspective and therefore we publish a monthly view from our Brussels office on recent developments and the state of the negotiations.
27 October 2017
EU State Aid Investigation of UK CFC Rules - Group Financing Exemption
On 26 October 2017 the European Commission announced that it had opened a State aid investigation in relation to the UK's Controlled Foreign Company (CFC) rules and specifically, the group financing exemption under the rules. Should the Commission conclude that the group financing exemption...
19 October 2017
Herbert Smith Freehills Evidence on State aid / Brexit for House of Lords
In September 2017 we submitted evidence to the House of Lords Internal Market Sub-Committee in its inquiry into the impact of Brexit on UK competition policy, focusing on the application of the State aid rules post-Brexit. Our evidence addresses whether a State aid regime may be required as part of...
18 October 2017
UK Government consults on proposals to expand national security review of foreign investments beyond current merger control regime
On 17 October 2017 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy ( BEIS ) published its long-awaited Green Paper National Security and Infrastructure Investment Review for consultation. The Green Paper contains proposals to extend the UK merger control public interest intervention...
18 August 2017
Frictionless trade? UK-EU customs relations post-Brexit
On 15 and 16 August 2017 the UK Government published two papers setting out its proposals for UK-EU customs relations post-Brexit. While these papers contain the greatest amount of detail to date in relation to the Government's thinking, they do of course only represent the start of the...
07 June 2017
Qatar - diplomatic ties severed: implications for business
On Monday 5 June 2017, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates ("UAE"), Egypt and Bahrain announced that they would sever diplomatic ties with, and cut off transport links to, Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt closed transport links with Qatar from Tuesday 6 June 2017. Effective from...
10 April 2017
STATE AID CONTROL IN A POST-BREXIT UK
Whilst there has already been sustained debate as to numerous aspects of the possible new legal order in the UK post-Brexit, there has been relatively little discussion thus far as to the future of the EU State aid rules. This article seeks to fill this space and rather than simply sketching out...
30 September 2016
PPPs and State aid
This report, prepared in cooperation with The European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC), seeks to contribute to and stimulate discussions on public-private partnerships (PPPs) as well as to foster the diffusion of best practice in this area. The intention of the report is to be as straightforward as...
07 September 2020
London International Disputes Week 2020
We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
04 August 2020
Comparing the fault standards in Australian and UK shareholder class actions
Continuous disclosure obligations applicable to shareholder class action claims have been the subject of much debate in Australia in recent years. Recent amendments to the continuous disclosure provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) are intended to reduce opportunistic shareholder class...
03 August 2020
Governance: CORPORATE INSOLVENCY AND GOVERNANCE ACT 2020 - SOUNDBITE SERIES (UK)
Welcome to our soundbite series on the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 which came into effect on 26 June 2020. The provisions of the Act are complex and could have significant impact on companies in distress and their creditors, particularly landlords, suppliers, financial services...
30 July 2020
Funded class actions under the spotlight: Australian Federal Government introduces new regulations
On 24 July 2020, the Australian Federal Government introduced new regulations, removing the ‘managed investment scheme’ ( MIS ) and other financial services regulatory exemptions that apply for litigation funding schemes used in class actions.
30 July 2020
Human rights arguments increasingly deployed in climate change litigation
There has been a significant rise over the past five years in the number of climate change claims that have been based (at least in part) on human rights principles, according to the latest report from the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment...
29 July 2020
Pressure points: Trustees and administrators prepare for what’s ahead: Ombudsman to see a rise in complaints due to Covid-19 (UK)
The Pensions Ombudsman recently published both its Corporate Plan 2020-2023 and Annual Report for 2019/2020, which reveal that the number of enquiries the Ombudsman received has significantly increased in the last year. In addition, the Ombudsman expects the number of complaints to “undoubtedly”...
28 July 2020
UK autonomous sanctions underline importance of human rights due diligence
The importance of human rights and robust human rights due diligence was underlined earlier this month, by the UK government’s introduction of the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 (the “ Sanctions Regulations ”). The Sanctions Regulations are the UK’s first autonomous sanctions...
27 July 2020
Webinar: Workplace manslaughter developments in Australia – A national snapshot
Nearly all Australian States and Territories have approached the law around Workplace Manslaughter differently, in a further departure from the proposed ‘harmonisation’ of safety laws. The introduction of these very serious criminal offences is the topic of discussion in boardrooms, executive teams...
27 July 2020
The Prevention Principle – An irreproachable concept?
We recently spoke with Thomas Lazur of Keating Chambers on the "prevention principle." Our discussion can be listened to here , and this article supplements that discussion and considers further some of the key points raised during our conversation.