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Legal Briefings | 23 June 2017

Finkel Review: Gas could be the transition fuel in the move towards a low emission energy market

The Finkel Review confirms that gas could, and should, play a role in electricity generation in a low emission market. The report warned that tighter supply availability and higher gas prices may still stifle the role of gas-powered generation.
Legal Briefings | 22 June 2017

ASIC review of asset-holding requirements in funds management and custodial services – Are you prepared?

ASIC has reported the findings of its review of the compliance by custodians and responsible entities of managed investment schemes with the asset holding requirements ( REP 531 ) imposed by ASIC under Regulatory Guide 133 ( RG 133 ).
Legal Briefings | 22 June 2017

Update: Tribunal confirms Tabcorp’s proposed merger meets public benefit test and should be allowed to occur

On Tuesday the Australian Competition Tribunal gave Tabcorp Holdings Limited ( Tabcorp ), represented by Herbert Smith Freehills, the green light to proceed with its $11 billion merger with Tatts after the granting authorisation to acquire shares in Tatts Group Limited as set out in their Merger...
Legal Briefings | 22 June 2017

MAS consults on draft regulations pursuant to the Securities and Futures Act

The Monetary Authority of Singapore ( MAS ) recently published two consultation papers on 28 April 2017 and 26 May 2017 (together, the Consultation Papers ) to consult on draft regulations supporting the implementation of legislative amendments introduced by the Securities and Futures (Amendment)...
Legal Briefings | 21 June 2017

Where Next for Brexit – Q&A

To mark the start of formal Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU, we have launched Brexit Notes blog – a platform where you can find articles and updates on the latest Brexit developments. Please click here to access the site where you can subscribe to receive notifications as soon as new...
Legal Briefings | 21 June 2017

South African mining industry blindsided by Mining Charter III

Much controversy has surrounded the Reviewed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining Industry (“ Mining Charter III ”). Since a draft was published for public comment in April last year questions have arisen as to the lack of meaningful consultation by the...
Legal Briefings | 20 June 2017

Herbert Smith Freehills acts for Tabcorp in successful authorisation application to acquire Tatts

The Australian Competition Tribunal has granted Tabcorp Holdings Limited ( Tabcorp ), represented by Herbert Smith Freehills, authorisation to acquire shares in Tatts Group Limited as set out in their Merger Implementation Deed dated 18 October 2016.
Legal Briefings | 16 June 2017

The Finkel Review: Beyond the Clean Energy Target

Since the release of the Finkel Review last Friday, media attention has largely been focused on the recommended Clean Energy Target and what it means for reducing carbon emissions, ‘clean coal’ and electricity prices. But a significant focus of the Finkel Review is on ensuring the security and...
Legal Briefings | 16 June 2017

High Court dismisses appeals: Finds that air cargo price fixing arrangements involved a market in Australia

On 14 June 2017, the High Court of Australia unanimously dismissed the appeals by each airline in Air New Zealand Ltd v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; PT Garuda Indonesia Ltd v Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [2017] HCA 21.
Legal Briefings | 16 June 2017

FORMER CHIEF SECRETARY AND PROPERTY TYCOON LOSE APPEAL IN HONG KONG'S HIGHEST PROFILE CORRUPTION CASE

The convictions of former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, Rafael Hui, former Sun Hung Kai chairman, Thomas Kwok, and two others have been upheld by Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal. The appellants have resumed serving their sentences for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
Legal Briefings | 16 June 2017

Patent and Pharma update - June 2017

Our regular patent and pharma update aims to keep you informed of recent developments in United Kingdom and European law relating to patents and the pharmaceutical industry.
Legal Briefings | 15 June 2017

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Audio and Video | 14 June 2017

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Legal Briefings | 13 June 2017

Policyholder recovers costs of ‘voluntary’ remediation works

The NSW Supreme Court has granted coverage to a policyholder for the costs of ‘voluntarily’ remediating accidental damage (contamination) to adjacent land, on the basis that it would have been liable to pay damages that would have been covered by the policy had it not remedied the damage.
Legal Briefings | 12 June 2017

Herbert Smith Freehills leads ASIFMA member working group to formulate Best Practices for Effective Development of Fintech

The Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association ( ASIFMA ) released on Friday afternoon its guide, Best Practices for Effective Development of Fintech . Its press release can be accessed here . The guide was developed by a member working group at ASIFMA led by Herbert Smith Freehills...