20 March 2019
Developing Green Hydrogen projects
In the lead up to this year’s federal election, both of Australia’s major political parties have released announcements regarding the establishment of an Australian hydrogen industry. A key focus of these announcements is the commitment to investing in ‘green’ hydrogen technologies, which through a...
13 April 2018
Herbert Smith Freehills advises Synergy on its Bright Energy Investments joint venture with DIF and CBUS
Herbert Smith Freehills has advised Synergy on its joint venture with DIF and CBUS to form ‘Bright Energy Investments’, which will build up to 210MW of large-scale renewable energy projects in the South West Interconnected System ( SWIS ) in Western Australia.
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.
06 December 2017
Queensland Election: What happens to the Sunshine State’s renewable energy projects?
A second term Palaszczuk Labor government purports to remain committed to renewable energy development in Queensland and is likely to face limited opposition from independent and minor party members, conditional upon renewables assisting in reducing the cost of energy. Uncertainty surrounding the...
20 November 2017
Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) Auction Scheme now taking bids
In response to Victoria becoming the first state to legislate for its renewable energy targets, the Victorian Renewable Energy Target 2017 Reverse Auction (the Reverse Auction ), will award commercial contracts which enable up to 650 megawatts ( MW ) of large-scale renewable energy generation (with...
20 November 2017
The 10 main new features of Spain's new public procurement law
Finally, on 9 November, Spain's Official State Journal (Boletín Oficial del Estado, or " BOE ") published Public Procurement Law 9/2017, of 8 November 2017, which transposes into Spanish law the Directives of the European Parliament and Council 2014/23/EU and 2014/24/EU, of 26 February 2014.
18 October 2017
UK Government consults on proposals to expand national security review of foreign investments beyond current merger control regime
On 17 October 2017 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy ( BEIS ) published its long-awaited Green Paper National Security and Infrastructure Investment Review for consultation. The Green Paper contains proposals to extend the UK merger control public interest intervention...
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...
20 September 2017
COAG Energy Council proposes to bypass the AEMC when making rules for energy security and reliability of the NEM or long term planning for the NEM
Draft legislation that will allow the Coalition of Australian Governments ( COAG ) Energy Council to bypass the current rule change processes by allowing the South Australian Minister to make rules under the National Electricity Law ( NEL ) and National Gas Law ( NGL ) (and to a limited extent the...
12 September 2019
ACCC issues guidance on competition risks in IP transactions: Beware the inadvertent cartel
The ACCC has issued final Guidelines on how Australia’s competition laws will apply to intellectual property assignments and licences following the repeal of the ‘IP exemption’ from prohibitions on anti-competitive conduct which was contained in subsection 51(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act...
11 September 2019
Class Actions in Australia: Emerging Trends
There have been a range of developments in the class actions landscape over the past year. The Australian Law Reform Commission completed its review of class action proceedings and third party litigation funding, an appeal is pending in the High Court of Australia on common fund orders and the...
10 September 2019
Using Decision Analysis to evaluate a settlement offer
Using Decision Analysis to evaluate a settlement offer The HSF Decision Analysis team brings together highly numerate disputes lawyers to build decision tree models and help clients quantify, visualise and better understand legal risks in their disputes. This service has brought new insights to...
10 September 2019
'Mega-fines' and compensation – how might companies be affected? Developments in Data Protection Law September 2019
In this update, we provide you with a brief summary of two recent developments in relation to sanctions imposed under the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). Firstly, the Berlin Data Protection Authority ("Berlin DPA") recently announced its willingness to impose multimillion-euro fines...
06 September 2019
Classic cross-border cooperation: joint court hearings in the Halifax insolvency
On 22 August 2019, the Federal Court of Australia ( FCA ) held that it could make a request to the New Zealand High Court ( NZHC ) that there be a joint hearing of those courts in respect of applications relating to the pooling of various funds held by companies subject to Australian and New...
06 September 2019
FATF and APG publish long-awaited mutual evaluation report on Hong Kong
Following the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ) and the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering’s inspection of Hong Kong in October and November 2018, their much anticipated Mutual Evaluation Report ( Report ) on Hong Kong was published on 4 September 2019. Our previous bulletin on 25 June 2019...
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...
04 September 2019
Maximising Privilege Protection under US and English Law
When learning of a potential criminal or regulatory issue – whether through receipt of an information request from the authorities or through an internal mechanism – a firm will usually conduct an internal investigation, whose purpose is to understand the scope of the issue, remediate the problem...
03 September 2019
The Decision Analysis team at Herbert Smith Freehills, led by Alex Oddy and Donny Surtani, have developed processes and tools to help evaluate risk in dispute situations and support clients in their decision-making. The team uses specialist software to analyse and visualise the risks inherent in a...
02 September 2019
One Step Forward for Battery-powered Electric Vehicles in Indonesia
On 8 August 2019, Indonesia’s President signed the country’s first regulation on electric vehicles – Presidential Regulation No. 55 of 2019 on the Acceleration Program for Battery-powered Electric Vehicles for Road Transportation (“ PR 55/2019 ”). PR 55/2019 reflects the government’s twin ambitions...