09 November 2020
Securing Australia’s critical infrastructure: Government reforms will leave no sector untouched, but questions remain
On 9 November 2020, the Department of Home Affairs released the Exposure Draft of the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 for consultation, with submissions due by 27 November (the Bill ).
07 May 2019
Middle East - New Guidelines released to update and expand the Tawazun Economic Program - May 2019
The Tawazun Economic Council (" TEC "), founded in 1992 and originally mandated to be a prime enabler for the Defense and Security sector in the UAE, albeit with a strong focus on economic development, established the offset program known as Tawazun Economic Program (" TEP "). Off the back of its...
27 July 2018
The temperature is rising on corporate crime in Australia Implications for company directors
Proposed corporate crime reforms will involve a sea change in director responsibility. Rather than directors reacting to issues that come to their attention like foreign bribery offences, it will be important for directors to take proactive steps to ensure such issues do not arise.
21 May 2018
Middle East anti-corruption regulations legal guide 2018
The Middle East region presents various anti-corruption challenges for businesses. These include difficulty in identifying politically exposed persons, prevalence of intermediaries in the conduct of business relationships and a widespread difficulty in accessing company ownership and financial...
13 April 2018
Senate backs further foreign bribery reform: Senate Committee hands down report on Australia's Anti-Bribery regime
The long-awaited Senate Economics References Committee report into foreign bribery was released on 27 March 2018. The report recommends ways in which Australia’s foreign bribery framework can be strengthened.
05 March 2018
The Temperature’s Rising on Corporate Crime in Australia: Expected Developments in 2018 and Implications for Business
Proposed Australian regulatory developments place a higher onus on Australian businesses to self-manage corporate crime risk, and to have in place robust systems to address ethics and compliance within their organisations.
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...
12 June 2017
Key developments in Iran, June 2017
This update aims to provide a brief overview of key developments which have occurred in Iran during the past month and to highlight areas of future interest. In particular, the update covers notable developments in both the political arena and key economic sectors.
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...
23 September 2015
RIMS Risk Forum 2015: key themes
Last month, the Australian chapter of Risk and Insurance Management Society ( RIMS ) held its third Risk Forum in Melbourne. The event was attended by risk professionals from across Australia and Asia, with a particular emphasis on risk and insurance managers, including Herbert Smith Freehills...
27 November 2020
Predicting the future for “green” claims: The Full Federal Court provides guidance on representations as to future matters
Marketing products as ‘environmentally friendly’ is an increasingly popular way for businesses to capture consumer attention. As the popularity of such ‘green’ marketing claims has increased, so has the ACCC’s scrutiny of these claims.
26 November 2020
Cartel Intel – updates from our EMEA network
Welcome to the our series of regular bulletins addressing key cartel enforcement developments across the EMEA region. Drawing on insights offered by market leading competition practitioners across our network of EMEA offices, we aim to highlight and provide expert analysis of developments of key...
26 November 2020
The Future of Cities: Businesses stand ready to help governments unlock city investment
At the start of 2020, global investment in city projects was reaching new heights. The world’s biggest spending cities were investing in over 8,200 projects in 2019, with a combined project pipeline of US$5.3 trillion. Then the pandemic hit, followed closely by economic recession: government...
26 November 2020
Shaping the boundaries of collective redress in Germany – a glimpse of the future under an EU Representative Action Regime?
In a recent decision made on 17 November 2020, Germany’s highest civil court shaped the boundaries of collective redress available under German law. The court dismissed a claim brought against a financial institution as inadmissible because the plaintiff did not have the standing to bring the claim.
26 November 2020
Developments in UK trade negotiations. The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership
At the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020, all of the bilateral trade agreements which are applicable to the UK benefits by virtue of its membership of the EU will cease to apply to the UK with potentially significant impact on trade between the UK and the respective partner...
26 November 2020
Workplace change for the Covid recovery
Australian Industrial Relations reforms In May 2020, the government announced its intention to introduce workplace changes to support the rebuilding of a post-Covid economy. Join our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team as we unpack the headlines and follow the latest developments on...
25 November 2020
Closing the class: Uncertainties and challenges for class action settlements
Earlier this year, two decisions of the New South Wales Court of Appeal have challenged the appropriateness of what had been a standard class action procedural step known as “class closure”. This development will likely add to the complexities in resolving class action litigation, particularly...
24 November 2020
Back to basics: The Development Consent Order regime podcast series
In this series of "Back to basics" podcasts, we provide a bite-sized introduction to the nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP) regime under the Planning Act 2008, drawing on our extensive experience advising on all key aspects of development consent orders (DCOs). Each of the five...
23 November 2020
UK EQUITY CAPITAL MARKETS IN 2020 AND H1 2021– RIDING THE WAVE
In March we wrote a piece ( here ) on considerations for listed companies seeking to raise capital in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. As we expected, the subsequent seven months has seen a raft of companies coming to market, with more money raised in equity by UK listed companies in 2020 YTD than...
20 November 2020
Award simplification – We’d like to do it, but we just can’t work out how
The Prime Minister in his address to the National Press Club on 26 May 2020 identified that the current industrial relations system was not ‘fit-for-purpose’. His solution was to get everyone ‘back in the room.’ By everyone, it turns out he meant the ‘IR Club’ – its back in business – employer...