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10 December 2021

Deal protection in the context of non-binding proposals: The Takeovers Panel’s decision in AusNet Services Limited 01 [2021] ATP 9

In AusNet 01, the Takeovers Panel considered a limited-period ‘hard’ exclusivity arrangement (without a ‘fiduciary out’) for the first time. These arrangements have been relatively common in recent times, but their use may be more limited following the decision.
10 December 2021

COP26 and the Consumer Sector

While the COP26 climate summit did not deliver on the high expectations placed on it, the outcomes of the conference will still have a noticeable impact on businesses. We summarise in this briefing the key outcomes from COP26, and the way that consumer companies are responding to the increasing...
10 December 2021

Government sets out stall to modernise listing regime as UK moves to attract more IPO candidates

Treasury outlines streamlined prospectus regime as drive continues to bring marquee share listings back to London
10 December 2021

The Future of Consumer Series

Our Future of Consumer series explores the dramatic technological and social changes impacting retail-driven businesses
09 December 2021

Banks' talent model challenged by the post-COVID career track and Gen Y aspirations

Culture, COVID, regulation – all are pressing change on an industry that once thrived on long hours and presentism. Can a new generation of leaders reposition finance for tomorrow’s bankers?
09 December 2021

Unmasking trolls: defamation reform for the digital age

Newly proposed ‘unmasking’ obligations will force social media service providers to disclose contact details of defamatory commenters – but what exactly do they need to do and how can they ensure compliance?
09 December 2021

Online Harms: What is the global state of play?

2021 saw governments again rushing to tighten oversight of the internet. We assess the key trends and developments worldwide.
09 December 2021

The UK Online Safety Bill: Harmful (but legal) content and what’s next

While regulation of the internet in the UK has (up until recently) been light-touch, the last decade has exposed countless examples of the harmful impact of online content and has highlighted the need for greater regulation in this area.
09 December 2021

Policing the internet: Australia’s developments in regulating content moderation

From ‘hands off’ to much more interventionist, the last few years have seen proliferating efforts by governments, regulators and courts across the globe to regulate the moderation of online content.
09 December 2021

Increasing localisation of data in Asia: Why this matters for tech

We are seeing a trend towards data localisation emerging in certain countries in Asia which is raising business-critical issues for the tech sector. Usually thought of as just a data privacy tool, regulation restricting cross-border transfers of data are gaining support with legislators in China,...
09 December 2021

Legal developments show data privacy trust critical for tech companies

Automated decision making based upon profiling which may be inaccurate or unfair is one of the great dangers of the digital age. It's easy to see the potential for serious harm: the allocation of a university place, a job, a mortgage, insurance or even lifesaving medical treatment on the basis of a...
09 December 2021

Abolishing digital taxes one part of the OECD's global tax reform

The OECD announced in October 2021 final agreement, by 136 of the 140 base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Inclusive Framework countries (including the UK, US and China), of a landmark global tax reform package, aimed at addressing the tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of the...
08 December 2021

UK Government opens consultation on "world-leading" due diligence law

The UK's new Environment Act 2021 (the "Environment Act") introduces a prohibition on the use of "forest risk commodities" in UK commercial activities, unless those commodities have been produced in compliance with local laws. It also introduces due diligence and reporting obligations in relation...
08 December 2021

The City litigator's Yearbook 2021 – What you need to know

Our much-vaunted disputes team look back on an eventful year for the commercial courts in England and Wales as we analyse key rulings on Covid-19, class actions, contracts and privilege.
08 December 2021

Corporate law ‘like a Russian doll’

Australia’s corporate law regime can be compared to a Russian doll, with one or more top-level dolls concealing other dolls.