18 June 2020
Future Cities Series: Emissions down in lock-down – how can we lock-in the climate gains?
We are well into the pandemic and lockdown in many regions, so it is natural to ask the question, “ when will this end and when will we return to normal ”... The problem is, “normal” was not sustainable, in so many ways. Those of us in the energy industry particularly know that to be true. This...
10 March 2020
Yes Minister - Proposed New powers to derogate from the NER
The National Electricity (Victoria) Amendment Bill 2020 ( Bill ) introduced by the Victorian Government on 18 February seeks to make it easier for the Minister to derogate from the National Electricity Rules ( NER ). So how will the Minister use their proposed new powers?
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...
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...
09 March 2018
SPAIN'S NEW PUBLIC PROCUREMENT LAW ENTERS INTO FORCE
Today sees the entry into force of practically all provisions of Law 9/2017, of 8 November 2017, on Public Procurement, which transposes Directives 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 February 2014, into Spanish law.
07 September 2020
London International Disputes Week 2020
We are pleased to announce that London International Disputes Week (LIDW) is returning for a second year in September 2020. Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be associated with this key event, which celebrates London as a global centre for dispute resolution. 7 – 11 September 2020 For more...
02 July 2020
Woolworths spam receives unwelcome attention
The Australian Communications and Media Authority ( ACMA ) has today reported that Woolworths Group Limited has paid a million-dollar infringement notice and agreed to a court-enforceable undertaking in response to breaches of spam laws. The infringement notice for $1,003,800 is the largest ever...
01 July 2020
People: Job Retention Scheme and Pensions (UK)
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ("CJRS"), opened for claims on 20 April. Originally due to end on 31 May, then 30 June, the Chancellor announced on 12 May that it will remain in place and available to all sectors through to the end of October 2020. New rules, which will apply from 1 July 2020...
01 July 2020
Pressure Points: Corporate real estate: a post-Covid-19 perspective (UK)
Revival signs in real estate M&A The Covid-19 pandemic caused a noticeable slowdown in real estate M&A activity. Despite this, there are early signs in the market of a bounce back. Opportunistic/strategic deals are still completing and many investors have capital reserves ready to be...
30 June 2020
Saving millions of shareholder dollars and forests of trees is easier than you think
How often do those of us in M&A and in-house legal and company secretariat teams have an opportunity to save trees and millions of shareholder dollars? The recent temporary changes to the Corporations Act in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 facilitate this by allowing notices of...
30 June 2020
REACTIVACIÓN: Análisis del Real Decreto Ley 23/2020, de 23 de junio: su impacto en renovables (España)
El 24 de junio se publicó en el Boletín Oficial del Estado, el Real Decreto-Ley 23/2020, de 23 de junio, por el que se aprueban medidas en materia de energía y en otros ámbitos para la reactivación económica (“RDL 23/2020”). Este Real Decreto-Ley entró en vigor el 25 de junio de 2020, si bien debe...
29 June 2020
Governance: An Overview of E-signatures and Electronic Legal Transactions (Germany)
In light of the restrictions on contact necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the possibility of conducting legal transactions electronically has become a central issue. Corresponding questions which investors should consider when doing transactions in the German market are inter alia whether...
29 June 2020
COVID-19: Pressure Points: The Global Impact on the Mining Industry
Note: This resource has been updated on 26 May 2020 to include the US (Federal and the States of New York, California and Texas) and reflect recent developments in Australia and Peru. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis. The mining industry has sought to...
26 June 2020
Pressure Points: Summary of Key Support And Guidance for Charities and Social Enterprises (UK)
This note sets out a high-level summary of key announcements regarding funding, support, and guidance available for social enterprises and charities as of 26 June 2020. Please note that changes and announcements are made regularly; updates should be monitored on an ongoing basis.
26 June 2020
JD Sports appeals CMA prohibition decision citing impact of Covid-19 as a key consideration
JD Sports has filed an appeal with the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) against the decision by the CMA to prohibit its acquisition of rival retailer Footasylum, with the appropriate treatment of Covid-19 a key area of dispute between the parties and the CMA.
25 June 2020
PEOPLE: URLAUBSVERLÄNGERUNG DURCH HÄUSLICHE QUARANTÄNE? (Deutschland)
Die Bundesregierung hat die weltweite Reisewarnung für nicht notwendige, touristische Reisen für die meisten Mitgliedsstaaten der EU, Schengen-assoziierte Staaten (Schweiz, Norwegen, Island und Liechtenstein) und das Vereinigte Königreich ab dem 15. Juni 2020 aufgehoben und durch individuelle...
25 June 2020
The UK's National Security and Investment Bill - the new foreign investment control regime: choices and direction
The UK Government has a significant choice to make over the next few weeks: it has to decide on its approach to protecting national security in a changing global landscape, while maintaining the country’s appeal - built up over the last 40 years - as an attractive and predictable jurisdiction for...