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08 February 2022

Digital disputes and decentralised justice: the possible vs the practical in arbitration

In association with Lexology and GAR, Herbert Smith Freehills will be hosting a webinar on "Digital disputes and decentralised justice: the possible vs the practical in arbitration".
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.
14 January 2022

Comply or Explain to climate-related reporting – A cross-industry roadmap

Climate reporting is a journey not a destination. But UK companies may be more prepared than they think.
13 January 2022

Global Bank Review: Digitisation and decarbonisation – A delicate balance

A new wave of potent digital tools promise to super-charge finance houses’ climate efforts. But there’s a catch.
12 January 2022

Global M&A Outlook 2022: FOMO overcomes FOGO

Our annual M&A review covers key trends like ESG, activist investors and security screening as the post-Covid rebound drives acquirers back to the party.
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...
12 January 2022

NO DEFECT OF THE PREMISES, NO LUMP-SUM RENT REDUCTION - UPDATE ON THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF COVID-19-RELATED BUSINESS CLOSURES (FEDERAL COURT OF JUSTICE (BUNDESGERICHTSHOF, BGH), DECISION DATED JANUARY 12, 2022 - XII ZR 8/21

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

UPC latest news

Austrian government completes ratification of Protocol on Provisional Application of the UPC Agreement – once this is deposited the UPC may start within 8 months
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...
23 December 2021

IP law podcast series - Unravelling the issues

Our experts explore the hottest topics and controversies in intellectual property law
22 December 2021

Activism Rising – The Role of Shareholders in Shaping ESG Strategy

While environmental, social and governance (ESG) activism has long been a feature of many markets globally, 2021 has signalled the increased willingness of large institutional investors to take or support activist action against corporate boards where they perceive companies’ progress on ESG issues...