30 September 2021
GAR Live: Energy Disputes 2021
The annual GAR Live: Energy Disputes conference is taking place in London this year, where experts from across the country and throughout Europe will join together for a hybrid event. The energy industry is currently in the midst of a pivotal shift with a growing demand for renewable sources. This...
10 March 2021
Arbitration in Australia
On 9 March 2021, the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration ( ACICA ) released the inaugural Australian Arbitration Report ( Report ). The Report analysed data obtained by ACICA and FTI Consulting in the inaugural Australian Arbitration Survey ( Survey ). The Survey collected...
10 December 2019
The ACCC pilots its first ‘effect test’ in misuse of market power proceedings
On 6 December 2019, the ACCC launched its first enforcement proceedings under the new ‘effects test’ prohibition on misuse of market power. The proceedings will provide much needed guidance as to how the much-debated ‘effects test’ will apply to unilateral conduct. It is noteworthy that the two...
05 September 2019
Industry engagement essential to success of ‘gateway’ model for energy sector CDR
The ACCC’s selection of a ‘gateway’ model as the preferred data access model for implementation of the Consumer Data Right ( CDR ) in the energy sector is anticipated to align to the preferences of incumbent energy sector participants, but may not fully meet the expectations of potential new market...
29 July 2019
Challenges & Opportunities as CDR legislation nears enactment
Herbert Smith Freehills’ briefing on the progress of the Consumer Data Right ( CDR ) regime in Australia following the CDR Bill’s introduction into Parliament last Wednesday. Our briefing identifies key potential industry impacts, practical CDR issues and cross-sector CDR implications that...
02 March 2018
Oil & Gas: an industry in transition
As we move into 2018, there is renewed optimism in the sector. Steady oil prices led to a 50% increase in M&A activity in 2017 compared to 2016 and supported new money deals and refinancings. The oil and gas industry continues to reshape itself for the next generation with new deal structures,...
03 October 2017
European Energy Handbook 2017
Welcome to the 2017 edition of European Energy Handbook! This year's edition provides a legal framework of the energy sector in each jurisdiction, covering the structure and design of the gas and electricity industries, the regulations governing them, as well as existing and planned projects such...
08 June 2017
QATAR PROJECTS - WHAT TO DO NOW
Yesterday, we published a client briefing on the immediate steps which you should take if you are affected by this week's decision by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, the Maldives and Yemen to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, and close all land, sea and air communications to the Emirate (click...
28 April 2016
Hydraulic fracturing supported by West Australian Parliamentary Inquiry
‘Report 42 – Implications for Western Australia of Hydraulic Fracturing for Unconventional Gas’ ( Report ) documents the findings of the Inquiry, that the exploration and production of unconventional gas poses 'negligible' risks to the environment and community and the risks can be managed.
20 January 2022
The Unified patent court and unitary patent – Introduction
A new patent right and patent enforcement system is coming for patent protection in the Europe which is likely to commence at the end of 2022 or early 2023 depending on when the final preparations are in place. There are two main elements of the new system: A Unified Patent Court ( UPC ) which will...
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...