14 December 2022
THE UK’S PROPOSED NEW FOREIGN INFLUENCE REGISTRATION SCHEME: SIGNIFICANT UNINTENDED CHALLENGES FOR ENERGY AND INFRA
This short note flags some potential implications for energy and infra operators and investors and then links to a longer note for those who wish to find out more. Both include examples of some of the unexpected impacts – in terms of the entities, individuals and activities that are caught in its...
11 November 2022
Higher penalties and strengthened unfair contract terms regime under amendments to Australian Competition and Consumer Law
The Federal Government has amended the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) to increase maximum penalties for contraventions of Australia’s competition and consumer laws and strengthen the unfair contract terms ( UCT ) regime in the Australian Consumer Law. This is what you need to know.
30 September 2022
Energy Transition and the Role of the Infrastructure Sector in Australia
Meeting the challenges of transitioning Australia’s energy systems to lower carbon emissions will be an enormous task requiring coordination across governments, industry, banks, and investors. So, what role can the infrastructure sector play?
01 March 2022
Take 2: What the Alp’s Agenda may mean for WA’s mining sector this time
Three years ago, before the last Federal election, we published an article about what the ALP’s agenda, which was lengthy, detailed and ambitious, might mean for WA’s mining sector. Of course, the coalition were ultimately successful at retaining government, and so we never got to see this agenda...
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...
11 November 2021
Sustainable Innovation Forum at COP26: Rethinking Corporate Purpose
As part of COP26, the Sustainable Innovation Forum (8-10 November 2021) is a world class, high level summit to identify the breakthrough innovation and technologies that can be deployed and scaled now, and the importance of public–private partnerships and finance.
03 February 2023
New UAE Commercial Agencies Law comes into force
Last year, we published an e-bulletin on the key changes that had been announced to the draft UAE Commercial Agencies Law. Following the passage of Federal Law No. 3/2022 in December 2022 (the " Commercial Agencies Law "), these changes are now in-force. Below we have provided a re-cap of the key...
25 January 2023
M&A STANDPOINT: Formal sale processes: A useful tool to solicit offers or a last resort?
FSPs were created to encourage a competitive and confidential sale process under the Takeover Code, but often they may signal that a company has run out of options. However, a number of companies have elected to launch FSPs in recent months, so when is an FSP is the right choice for a company?
24 January 2023
Global M&A Outlook 2023: Automotive Electric and digital revolutions still drive M&A
The automotive sector is currently experiencing two inflection points at the same time: an electric vehicle revolution, as the industry transitions from the internal combustion engine (ICE) to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) including battery electric vehicles (BEV) as part of the wider...
24 January 2023
Global M&A Outlook 2023: Consumer 2022 was a challenging year compared to 2021
M&A in the consumer sector slowed throughout 2022 as compared to the buoyant trends in 2021. Macro-economic issues and global headwinds have meant a tougher environment for consumers, particularly with record-breaking inflation adding to the cost of living and turning the screws on household...