12 January 2021
Executive remuneration and accountability – the revised APRA CPS 511 Remuneration
On 12 November 2020, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority ( APRA ) released a revised draft Prudential Standard CPS 511 Remuneration for consultation ( Revised Draft CPS 511 ). The revised standard has moved away from the prescriptive requirements of the initial consultation draft,...
14 December 2020
SFC releases FAQs simplifying compliance with electronic data storage requirements – But is it really as simple as it looks?
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has released its long awaited FAQs regarding its 31 October 2019 circular on the use of external electronic data storage providers (EDSP Circular). While there are some aspects of the FAQs which we anticipate will create practical challenges and...
21 July 2020
Using big data to fight financial crime
In a regulatory environment which demands ever higher standards for anti-money laundering ( AML ) compliance, many financial institutions have responded by significantly increasing headcount in their AML functions, often at significant cost. However, an investment in headcount alone may not yield...
21 July 2020
Regulators lead businesses in monitoring of misconduct
As regulators and law enforcement increasingly rely on advanced data analytics for monitoring and surveillance, the risk is growing that they will detect misconduct by employees and customers that has gone undetected by a company’s own internal systems.
17 July 2020
Sustainable finance in Hong Kong: HKMA shares initial thinking on supervisory approach and range of practices by banks
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority ( HKMA ) has recently published its White Paper on Green and Sustainable Banking , as well as a circular to share a range of practices adopted by major authorised institutions ( AIs ) for managing climate risks ( 7 July Circular ). These form part of a series of...
15 June 2020
Pressure Points: Compliance and governance in financial services in the age of Covid-19 (Australia)
This article is the third in a series by our financial services team which will explore the practical implications of Covid-19 on the financial services industry and our clients' businesses, following our articles on disclosure and operational issues . This edition will examine how the standards,...
09 June 2020
Governance: Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill: impact on supply chains and their customers (UK)
Update ; The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 commenced into effect on 26 June 2020. While the final provisions of the Act largely reflected the drafting of the original Bill, certain amendments were made including to: (i) improve the information available to certain pensions creditors...
04 June 2020
COVID 19: Pressure Points: Operational disruption in financial services in the age of COVID-19 (Australia)
This article is the second in a series by our financial services team which will explore the practical implications of COVID-19 on the financial services industry and our client’s businesses.
20 January 2022
Landmark Australian class actions book launches third edition
Following a period of evolution in the class actions market, the highly practical third edition of Class Actions in Australia is now available. An essential guide for any legal practitioner involved in class actions, the book provides complete coverage of class action law in Australia.
18 January 2022
Herbert Smith Freehills advises Chargeurs Museum Solutions on its acquisition of Event Communications
International leading law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Chargeurs Musuem Solutions, international leader in museum services, on the finalisation of the acquisition of 100% of the capital of Event Communications Ltd, one of the global leaders in museum planning, design and delivery.
12 January 2022
Corporate Governance snapshot: Preparing your annual report and AGM notice in 2022
This snapshot summarises the key developments and issues arising in practice over the last 12 months which impact the 2021 annual report and the AGM in 2022. For further information or to obtain a copy of our full briefing on preparing your annual report and AGM notice in 2022, please email one of...
11 January 2022
Corporate Governance snapshot: Reporting in structured electronic format
The UK Transparency Rules require listed companies to produce their annual report and accounts in structured electronic format in respect of financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2021. The new rules require listed companies publish their annual report and accounts in XHTML web browser...
10 January 2022
PODCAST: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY & INVESTMENT ACT – WHAT DO PUBLIC M&A PRACTITIONERS NEED TO KNOW?
In the latest episode in our public M&A podcast series, we discuss the National Security & Investment Act – the new regime which gives the UK government powers to screen and block acquisitions and investments on national security grounds – and the impact for public M&A practitioners.
05 January 2022
Merricks v Mastercard: the litigation risks for the financial services sector
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP have published an article in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law on the repercussions of the recent decisions in the Merricks v Mastercard litigation for the wider litigation landscape, particularly for the financial services sector.
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...
23 December 2021
Is it game over for computer-implemented inventions in Australia?
The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has provided some clarity on assessing whether computer-implemented inventions constitute patentable subject matter, finding that Aristocrat’s patent claims to electronic gaming machines with particular gaming features were not a “manner of...