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,...
26 February 2019
The Inward Investment and International Taxation Review - 9th Edition: Russia Chapter
In the past few years, the Russian government has taken various measures to reduce adverse consequences of sanctions introduced by the United States, EU and certain other countries and to encourage foreigners to invest in Russia. The measures included major reform of corporate law, simplification...
31 October 2018
Autumn Budget 2018
In this briefing we attempt to provide some insight into a number of the fiscal measures announced by the Chancellor in Monday's Budget Speech. Readers who are interested in a summary of the new measures announced on Monday may wish to review the summary provided by the Treasury, which can be found...
09 July 2018
Comments on UK proposal for the future relationship with the EU
Last Friday, 6 July, it was understood that the UK Cabinet had finally united around a UK position on the desired future relationship with the EU. However, it now remains to be seen if the proposal survives the protests of “betrayal” heard from some quarters and the resignations of the Secretary of...
15 February 2018
Germany's New Grand Coalition II: What their legislative agenda might bring for businesses
The "Grand Coalition I" of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) has governed Germany under the leadership of Angela Merkel for the past four years. After the federal elections in September 2017 they agreed on exploratory talks on a renewal of the grand coalition and...
14 February 2018
The UK's access to the EU's preferential trade arrangements
The position of the UK under the EU's preferential trade agreements following Brexit is likely to become a major complicating factor in the negotiations. UK-based companies that rely on such agreements should be warned of the potential difficulties that may arise. The EU has approximately 60...
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...
16 March 2020
Panel Discussion: Driving efficiencies in arbitral practice
The International Arbitration Act 15 of 2017 has delivered the required framework for South Africa to become a truly international arbitration hub. The inaugural Johannesburg Arbitration Week, which takes place on 17-19 March 2020, will take a step towards this goal, exploring recent developments...
20 February 2020
Consumer Data Right: 2020 Update
Following extensive activity around the Consumer Data Right (CDR) throughout 2019, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) advised in December 2019 that the CDR roll-out in respect of the banking sector would be delayed due to incomplete system testing. As a result, the first...
18 February 2020
Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector – a new regulatory field?
The Committee on Standards in Public Life (the “Committee”) has published a report on artificial intelligence (“AI”) and its impact on public standards following the Committee’s review into this fast-developing field (the “Report”). The Report sets out the Committee’s recommendations for the...
18 February 2020
Insurance for Coronavirus losses
The Coronavirus and the consequential action by Chinese authorities to quarantine areas and close factories is causing significant disruption to supply chain logistics for businesses all over the world. Many Australian policyholders are asking: can the adverse financial consequences of the...
17 February 2020
Foreign investment: Rising tides of politics in regulation
Foreign Direct Investment ( FDI ) filings are an increasingly important piece of the regulatory jigsaw for cross-border M&A. Our newly updated report on Foreign Investment: Rising Tides of Politics in Regulation considers both the current landscape and new restrictions due to take effect by the...
14 February 2020
Federal Court provides helpful guidance on a range of AFSL concepts
On 5 February 2020, the Federal Court of Australia handed down its decision in Australian Securities and Investments Commission v One Tech Media Ltd  FCA 46 ( One Tech Media ). The Court found that One Tech Media Limited ( One Tech ), Allianz Metro Pty Ltd ( Allianz Australia ) and others had...
12 February 2020
Biometric myopia: Expanding the facial recognition debate
In the past six months, the global furore over public as well as private sector use of facial recognition technology has only increased. However, although this debate is increasing in volume, it is arguably not expanding in scope.