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09 December 2019

FSR Insights - 2020 Outlook

Herbert Smith Freehills' Financial Services Regulatory (FSR) team surveys the regulatory landscape in 2020 and identifies some themes that we expect to be at the core of regulatory priorities globally in the next 12 months.
06 December 2019

Corporate Crime update, December 2019

Welcome to the December 2019 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. For the full update on each jurisdiction, please click read more on...
05 December 2019

EVENT: Breakfast Panel Event with Lionheart and RE:Women

Herbert Smith Freehills, together with Lionheart and RE:Women, invite you to a breakfast panel discussion on: "Building the foundations for good mental health"
05 December 2019

The ACCC continues its push on personal information

The recommendations in the ACCC’s final report on loyalty schemes have implications for all businesses that collect and use personal information
04 December 2019

Madrid video updates: LOGRAR LA EFICACIA EXTRATERRITORIAL DE RESOLUCIONES JUDICIALES

04 December 2019

Online harmful content: the race to regulate

The decentralised, global internet has democratised many facets of everyday life, and consequently has allowed everyday citizens, extremists and everyone in between to share their views. The consequential proliferation of online harmful content meant some form of regulation was inevitable. However...
04 December 2019

Tech Regulation Series: The End of Permissionless Innovation?

The tech regulatory landscape is changing rapidly. It is complex and fragmented, both globally and by subject matter, making it difficult for technology providers to navigate. Almost weekly there are new headlines warning of risks and perils of ‘big tech’ and misuse of data. Now, more than ever, it...
02 December 2019

THE ANTI-BRIBERY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION REVIEW - THE 8TH EDITION: RUSSIA CHAPTER

The article highlights recent trends and summarises key developments of the anti-bribery and anti-corruption landscape in Russia. As a member of leading international organisations and conventions on countering corruption Russia makes efforts to implement international best practice. The country is...
29 November 2019

Considerations for bidders who dispose of target shares during a scheme

The application by ASIC to the Takeovers Panel in the recent Australian Unity Office Fund ( AOF ) trust scheme is a reminder that there are a number of important considerations that a bidder should keep front of mind if proposing to dispose of a pre-scheme stake during a scheme of arrangement.
29 November 2019

ASX Listing Rule Amendments – Implications for Head Office

The ASX recently released a significant suite of revisions to the ASX Listing Rules and new and updated Guidance Notes. We have highlighted below some of the key changes relevant to companies from a corporate governance, executive remuneration and market disclosure perspective.
28 November 2019

Contingency fees set to be introduced for Victorian class actions

On 27 November 2019 the Victorian Government tabled in Parliament the Justice Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2019 (Vic) which introduces a new power to permit contingency fees to be ordered in Victorian class actions. If passed, the new law will permit plaintiff law firms to receive a...
28 November 2019

PUBLIC TO PRIVATE: THE RETURN OF THE PRIVATE EQUITY BIDDER

2019 has seen a significant rise in the number of private equity (PE) and other financial buyers on public mergers and acquisitions (M&A). When a PE house undertakes a public M&A transaction, it should be aware from the outset that there are some key differences to private M&A, and that...
27 November 2019

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement: a new pathway for Africa?

25 November 2019

The world of work: Real Estate perspective

The world of work is undergoing a transformation on a scale not seen since the Industrial Revolution. Automation and digital technology are changing how, when and where we work, and in what roles. Flexible and remote working has mushroomed, with clear implications for organisations' workspace...
25 November 2019

Executive Summary: The rise of workforce activism

The paradox of the robotic age is that automation will only make human skills more valuable. The World Economic Forum estimates that 75 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2022 but 133 million new jobs will be created – jobs requiring uniquely human qualities such as emotional intelligence...