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13 December 2022
From Smart Contract to Interpol Red Notice – Developer Liability
Companies and individual developers in the web 3.0 space may not be aware but, as smart contract programs gain wider reach, they will be increasingly scrutinised and potentially vulnerable to civil and criminal liability
12 September 2022
The Bettor's Verdict – a Herbert Smith Freehills podcast
In this podcast Steven Jacobs is joined by industry insider guests to discuss current issues in gambling law, sports law, and digital law. Their conversations focus on unwinding the tangled web of US gambling and sports laws past and present, and delve into the digital law space to cover topics...
16 October 2020
Members of our Digital Law Group contribute to the Tech London Advocates and UK Law Society’s guidance for lawyers advising on distributed ledger technologies
“Technology underpins innovation in legal services and plays a critical role in driving the postcoronavirus recovery across all sectors of the economy. The report of the TLA’s Blockchain Legal and Regulatory Group will provide a clear framework and much needed guidance on the use of blockchain in...
06 February 2020
Australian privacy law reform and review announced
On 12 December 2019, the Australian Government announced its response to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s ( ACCC ) Digital Platform Inquiry. Despite the Inquiry’s name, only 1 of the 11 recommendations in the report about data practices is targeted at digital platforms.
12 November 2019
Casting the regulatory net over virtual assets – SFC finalises new regulatory framework for virtual asset trading platforms
On 6 November 2019, the Security and Futures Commission ( SFC ) issued a position paper setting out a new regulatory framework for the licensing of centralised virtual asset trading platforms, following the SFC’s conceptual framework issued last year.
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...
27 March 2023
Merger arbitrage – the important role it can play in public M&A deals
We explore the important role merger arbitrage can play in the success or failure of a deal. Targets and bidders should be aware of this role and consider the approaches that may be taken in response to arbitrage funds seeking short-term profits from an announced deal.
27 March 2023
Improving the transparency of foreign investment regulation in Australia – A look at the key performance data for the October 2022 quarter
The Australian Government’s Department of Treasury has released its second quarterly report for the period 1 October 2022 to 31 December 2022. The report contains some interesting trends regarding the source of foreign capital flows, Treasury’s downward trending processing timelines for FIRB...
27 March 2023
Corporate Governance snapshot: The EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive & its impact in the UK
Even though the UK is not part of the EU, the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) ( 2022/2464 ) will apply to some UK incorporated companies. The CSRD, which entered into force in January 2023, sets out additional disclosures for companies to include in their annual report in...
24 March 2023
Gone but not forgotten: Combatting Corporate Crime Bill lapsed but combatting bribery remains in focus
Whatever happened to the Combatting Corporate Crime Bill? A recent OECD Report shows the Australian Government has not given up on anti-bribery law reform and police and prosecutors are actively pursuing foreign bribery matters.
23 March 2023
Tech, consumers and the ACCC: a continued focus on compliance with the Australian Consumer Law
The ACCC’s new Chair, Ms Gina Cass-Gottlieb, has signalled that the year ahead for the tech sector will entail a continuation of focussed regulatory scrutiny, particularly through the consumer protection lens. We reflect on five recent ACCC speeches and announcements which have reiterated the...
21 March 2023
Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency in Asia Pacific 2023
Our 2023 edition of the Guide to Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency in Asia Pacific is a resource for corporates, financiers, creditors, funds, directors and other stakeholders exposed to financially distressed companies in the region.
20 March 2023
Australian High Court smooths out wrinkle in trade mark law: Reputation not relevant to ‘deceptive similarity’ test of infringement
The High Court has clearly set out in Self Care v Allergan that the reputation of a trade mark is not relevant when assessing deceptive similarity in infringement proceedings. 1 In a unanimous decision, overruling a three-judge bench of the Full Federal Court, the High Court held that Self Care did...
20 March 2023
2023 Herbert Smith Freehills Guide to Takeovers and Schemes of Arrangement
The 2023 edition of the Herbert Smith Freehills Guide to Takeovers and Schemes of Arrangement has been launched. Our Guide is designed to provide a helpful summary of some of the key legal and regulatory issues that arise in connection with Australian takeovers and schemes.