05 April 2019
Patent and Pharma Update, April 2019
Key recent developments in the United Kingdom and Europe relating to patents and the pharmaceutical sector This issue reports on the recent UK Supreme Court decision in the tadalafil case, which foreshadows how English courts will probably respond to issues of obviousness arising from patents...
28 March 2019
Cyber Security Quarterly Round-Up, March 2019
If the first quarter of 2019 is anything to go by, cyber security risk is still a high-ranking board agenda item with no sign of abating and the regulatory landscape is becoming ever more complex as we strive to respond and mitigate the risks of cyber incidents. We provide a summary of the key...
14 February 2019
Supplier terms and pricing issues
Pricing restrictions imposed by suppliers on resellers have increasingly come under the spotlight of the competition authorities in a number of jurisdictions. This series of guides looks at the approach and recent developments in a range of key jurisdictions.
28 January 2019
M&A in 2019 – succeeding in a climate of disruption
Our latest global M&A report looks at the themes that we expect to see in M&A transactions in 2019. In 2018, global M&A volumes reached their highest point since the financial crisis. Despite a noted slowdown in pace during Q4, deal activity recorded near peak levels in many markets – a...
21 December 2018
Corporate Crime Update, December 2018
Welcome to the December 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. This month, we would like to wish all of our regular readers a very happy, and hopefully corporate crime free, festive...
29 July 2019
ACCC’s game changing digital platforms final report: 5 things you need to know
The ACCC is at the forefront of the global debate on the implications and consequences of digital platforms for competition and consumers. In its final report , the ACCC has approached the challenges and opportunities presented by digital platforms by adopting a holistic approach that takes account...
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...
25 July 2019
Challenges in the Consumer Sector: Moving towards sustainable plastic use
In the final article in a three-part series, Susan Black and Julie Vaughan of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP examine how the use of plastic is regulated in the UK and the EU, and the responsibilities of businesses in the retail and consumer sectors.
25 July 2019
Mandatory human rights due diligence on the cards in the US?
On July 10, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services opened debate on the discussion draft of a bill that would require publically listed companies to conduct human rights due diligence and report on their findings and responses.
24 July 2019
Directors’ Duties in the UK – the rise of the Stakeholder?
There has in recent years been a renewed focus on the role of business in society in the UK. Factors contributing to this have included the continuing, and long-standing, concern about the levels of executive pay and a number of well-publicised corporate failures. The behaviour and transparency of...
23 July 2019
Review of the Equator Principles – Draft EP4 released for comment
The Equator Principles ( EPs ) is a risk management framework adopted by financial institutions to determine, assess and manage environmental and social risks of the projects they finance. Established in 2003, the EPs have been adopted by 96 financial institutions in 37 countries. These financial...
19 July 2019
Today NSW Government confirms significant security of payment reforms will commence in October 2019
The NSW Government has significantly reformed NSW’s security of payment legislation, through an amendment Act which was passed into law in November 2018 and an amendment Regulation which was published (in the same form as the public consultation draft) today.
18 July 2019
Moscow Corporate crime and investigations newsletter - July 2019
This newsletter summarises recent Russian regulation, enforcement and court practice developments which may be relevant for doing business in Russia from corporate crime and investigations perspective. Additionally, this newsletter spots some US and other relevant developments which should be kept...
17 July 2019
Inside arbitration: The role of arbitration in employment-related disputes
Practical uses and limitations In this article, Paul Goulding QC of Blackstone Chambers, Peter Frost, London and Barbara Roth, New York, Partners in Herbert Smith Freehills' contentious Employment practice, and Hannah Ambrose, Senior Associate in the Global Arbitration practice, explore the growing...
17 July 2019
Modern Slavery: UK Government responds to Independent Review
The UK Government has published its response to the independent review of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, together with a consultation paper on proposed changes to the statement on transparency in supply chains required under section 54 of the Act . If implemented, these changes could increase the...