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14 May 2019

Alumni: The Grand Reunion - London 2019

07 May 2019

London International Disputes Week 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be supporting the inaugural London International Disputes Week (LIDW), which takes place between 7 and 10 May 2019.
04 April 2019

Paris Arbitration Week 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be supporting Paris Arbitration Week (PAW) 2019, which takes place between 1 and 5 April 2019.
22 March 2019

Industry bargaining – the impossible dream?

Multi-employer bargaining is high on the ALP’s “to do” list if it wins the election, leading to speculation about the prospect of ‘industry bargaining’ under an ALP Government.
21 March 2019

Countdown to Brexit - Three Key Votes

With just days to go until Brexit, this week’s events in the UK Parliament may well be crucial in setting the future direction for the UK’s relationship with the EU. To try to make sense of the ongoing political turmoil, Tom Henderson , Senior Associate and member of our core Brexit team, hosted...
20 March 2019

A view from Europe

M&A deal highlights in continental Europe in 2018 Akzo Nobel's sale of its speciality chemicals business to Carlyle and GIC Atlantia and Hochtief’s joint investment in Abertis China Three Gorges’s offer for EDP E.ON's offer for innogy
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...
19 March 2019

Japan-Australia M&A: Review and Trends (2017–2019)

Japanese direct investment into Australia has increased markedly in its scale and diversity in the last 10 years and is now second only to the United States. During 2017-2018, there were 68 Australian M&A deals involving Japanese companies.
19 March 2019

Superannuation Fund Governance Post-Hayne: Part Two

Conduct and Culture The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was charged with inquiring into, and reporting on, ‘whether any conduct of financial services entities might have amounted to misconduct and whether any conduct, practices,...
18 March 2019

Mining Charter III: certainty, but at a cost

The Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018 ( Mining Charter III or the Charter )1 came into force on Friday, 1 March 2019 - almost three years after the publication of the first draft.2 This brought to a close nearly three years of uncertainty and...
18 March 2019

EU competition law principles on undertakings liable for fines also apply in the context of liability for damages

In a preliminary ruling request made by the Finnish Supreme Court on the question of the relevant entities liable for damages, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) held that principles applied in order to determine the relevant entities for liability for fines under Articles 101 and 102 TFEU (and...
15 March 2019

Financial Services and the WTO in the context of Brexit

The EU Financial Affairs Sub-Committee of the House of Lords held a public meeting on financial services and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on 13 March 2019. Eric White, a Consultant in the Brussels office of Herbert Smith Freehills gave evidence to the Sub-Committee as did Dr Lorand Bartels of...
15 March 2019

Madrid video updates: Utes y Competencia

15 March 2019

Enterprise bargaining – if it’s ‘broken’, is there a fix ahead?

What will become of our enterprise bargaining system if the ALP takes power in this year’s federal election?
15 March 2019

A methodology for the calculation of native title compensation

On 13 March 2019, the High Court handed down its first decision on native title compensation in ‘Timber Creek’ [2019] HCA 7 ( Timber Creek ).