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...
24 October 2019
ACT Renewable Energy Reverse Auction
Following on from the four reverse auctions held between 2012 to 2016, the ACT Government has announced a new renewable energy reverse auction (the Reverse Auction ) to “safeguard the delivery of sourcing 100% renewable electricity by 2020 from within the ACT or across the National Electricity...
09 October 2019
A leadership role for super funds in solving Australia’s energy trilemma?
On 29 June 2019, Industry Super Australia ( ISA ) released its Modernising Electricity Sectors Discussion Paper (the Paper ) 1 which seeks to assist super funds in understanding and navigating the regulatory uncertainty in investing in the Australian electricity sector. More specifically, it aims “...
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.
16 January 2020
Top 10 Employment Law Developments Of The Decade: Part 2
In the final installment of our two-part article, we conclude our countdown of the top U.S. labor and employment developments of the 2010s. This part covers the key developments from 2015 to 2019, and it concludes with our selection of the most important development of the decade.
13 January 2020
Getting the deal through: Joint Ventures 2020
In increasingly complex and connected global markets, joint ventures offer access to business and investment opportunities that may be less available to parties acting alone. New market entry, growing customer bases, sharing of capital expenditure or other costs, originating funding or investment,...
08 January 2020
Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate
Innovation that happens in an "open" collaborative context – either internally or with external partners - can provide faster, better, more holistic results to accelerate innovation and improve competitive advantage, concludes our new report: Open Innovation: Collaborate to Innovate , based on "...
08 January 2020
Open Innovation: Data issues in innovation and collaborations
Businesses in every sector are under pressure to innovate to stay ahead of the competition. ‘’Open innovation’’ is a term that has come to describe innovation which extends beyond the traditional Research and Development department of a business and embraces a broader pool of talent and ideas...
06 January 2020
Views on an evolving automotive industry: Responding to ESG-related scrutiny
The automotive industry is unquestionably evolving at considerable pace whether through advances in connectivity and autonomy in vehicles, developments in the way that consumers access and use vehicles or changes driven by the 'electric revolution'.
20 December 2019
Online harms and online safety: Is greater harmonisation on the horizon for Australia?
On 11 December 2019, the Government released a discussion paper on a proposed Online Safety Act (the Proposal ) for consultation. The Proposal comes only months after the adoption of the Criminal Code Amendment (Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material) Act 2019 (Cth) (better known as the social media...
20 December 2019
New electricity network investments – there has to be a better way
For many years, electricity generators and retail business attracted much more attention than networks. That is changing as a bow wave of new network investment is demanded by the transition of the power system from large, baseload thermal plant providing strong system stability support to widely...
20 December 2019
ASIC consults on draft regulatory guide for design and distribution obligations
ASIC has released Consultation Paper 325 Product design and distribution obligations ( CP 325 ), on its proposals for guidance on the design and distribution obligations in Pt 7.8A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) ( DDO ).
19 December 2019
The View from Brussels: Brexit - next steps and options to reconcile haste with ambition
Brexit now seems inevitable on 31 January 2020 but that is only the beginning of the process of defining a new relationship between the UK and the EU. Serious negotiations on that relationship will only start thereafter, hopefully as soon as February. In this View from Brussels, we look at how this...
18 December 2019
Responsible lending: ASIC publishes significant new guidance aimed at helping credit providers apply the law in practice
Consumer credit providers in Australia have been eagerly awaiting ASIC’s updated regulatory guide on the responsible lending laws ( RG 209 ), which landed on 9 December 2019 and is another significant development in the understanding of these laws.