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09 September 2020

Launch of first Guide to Dispute Resolution and Governing Law in Russia

Recent changes to Russian law have caused a degree of uncertainty amongst clients as to what they can and cannot do when transacting with Russian parties or in transactions involving Russian entities. This is particularly true surrounding the dispute resolution and governing law clauses that they...
09 September 2020


In the boom years, Russia was one of Europe's largest property markets, with investment volumes of US$8 billion–US$10 billion annually; the figure briefly decreased during the 2008–2009 financial crisis. However, a downward trend on the property market began in 2014 in sync with the political...
09 September 2020

Message from Lewis McDonald, Global Head of Energy, Herbert Smith Freehills

Energizing the world, sustainably…
09 September 2020

Current trends and future outlook for PPPs in Russia

Russian PPP market in 2020: six years retrospective Six years’ timeframe, a period which coincides with a presidential term, may be a retrospective prism to analyse the PPP market in the road sector in Russia through the developments of its significant projects. Where they were in 2014 and where...
08 September 2020

Exploring opportunities: M&A - back but different (Global)

Rarely have events accelerated so rapidly or so radically as they have in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. We expect the crisis to operate as a catalyst for change and, as a result, there will be opportunities for those with capital to invest or a desire to expand. In this briefing we look at...
08 September 2020

Pressure Points : Le dispositif de financement de commandes garanti par l’Etat est lancé ! (France)

L'arrêté pris pour l’application de l'article 6, VI quater de la loi n° 2020 289 du 23 mars 2020 de finances rectificative pour 2020 vient d’être publié 1 . Pour mémoire, aux termes de cet article, il est prévu que la garantie de l'État puisse bénéficier aux opérations de cession de créances...
07 September 2020

Pressure Points: temporary changes to insolvency laws to be extended to 31 December 2020 (Australia)

The Australian Federal Government has announced the temporary amendments to insolvency and corporations laws will be extended until 31 December 2020 in light of the continuing challenges of COVID-19.
07 September 2020

Pressure Points: Extension of temporary relaxations under Pre-emption Group Guidelines (UK)

The Pre-Emption Group (PEG) has announced that it is extending the temporary additional flexibility under the pre-emption guidelines in light of Covid-19.
04 September 2020

Food for thought - Green recovery from Covid-19 and the role of young professionals

Over the past 6 months, countries, communities and businesses have grappled with the social and economic impact of Covid-19.
04 September 2020

Our 10 actions for change on ethnic diversity

Herbert Smith Freehills is taking action to improve ethnic diversity across the firm.
04 September 2020

Return of the ‘innovation nation’? The Interim Report of the FinTech and RegTech Inquiry and the path forward

The Australian Senate’s Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology (the Committee) , established in September 2019 to inquire into financial technology and regulatory technology (the Inquiry ), released its Interim Report on 2 September 2020.
04 September 2020

Japan Practice Webinar Series

Welcome to our series of webinars from the Japan Practice
04 September 2020

Spain is in the process of approving a full set of new regulations to achieve the goal of climate-neutrality by 2050

Spain´s Government is fully committed to take the lead in decarbonization of economy and is in the path of approving a full set of regulations aiming for net-zero emissions that should be carefully taken into account by companies and investors.
03 September 2020

ESG: Responsible investment brochure

For Africa-focused developers and sponsors in the renewable energy market, ESG is likely in the forefront of your minds and it is important to show knowledge of what is expected in the responsible investing market in order to ensure swift project development and to enhance bankability. This handy...
03 September 2020

People: JobKeeper 2.0: here’s what it means (Australia)

The Federal Treasury undertook a three-month review of the current JobKeeper scheme ( Current Scheme ) in June 2020. The review found that whilst the Current Scheme met its initial objectives to support businesses and job survival, the labour market remains weak in Australia and in need of further...