04 July 2019
NSW’s proposed building and construction industry reform: what you need to know
On 27 June 2019 the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation published its Building Stronger Foundations Discussion Paper ( Discussion Paper ) which outlines the NSW Government’s proposals to implement four key reforms to the building and construction sector.
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 March 2019
Skilling up for successful Belt and Road investments
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China's US$5 trillion outbound investment strategy to connect Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe through infrastructure investment. Besides financial investment, it also requires new legal and technical skillsets. In the five years since the BRI's launch...
15 February 2019
Climate change impacts used to reject new NSW coal mine
Proponents seeking consent for new projects, or modifications of existing projects, with ‘material’ greenhouse gas emissions across all industries in NSW should carefully assess climate change impacts, particularly if the proposal is not ‘carbon neutral’.
01 August 2018
Indonesia’s foreign investment regime liberalised by new OSS system
In its efforts to encourage and accelerate investment, the Indonesian government has issued a set of regulations reforming existing business licence regulations and establishing an online one-stop business licensing system known as Online Single Submission (“ OSS ”). We believe this represents a...
20 February 2018
New Australian Guideline on Offshore Decommissioning
On 17 January 2018, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Department) released its guideline on the application of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (Cth) ( OPGGSA ) to the decommissioning of offshore petroleum infrastructure in Commonwealth waters ( Guideline...
14 February 2018
The UK's access to the EU's preferential trade arrangements
The position of the UK under the EU's preferential trade agreements following Brexit is likely to become a major complicating factor in the negotiations. UK-based companies that rely on such agreements should be warned of the potential difficulties that may arise. The EU has approximately 60...
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...
06 December 2017
Key developments in Iran, December 2017
This update provides an overview of key developments which have occurred in Iran during the past month and highlights areas of future interest. In particular, the update covers notable developments in the political arena and key economic sectors.
12 January 2022
Corporate Governance snapshot: Preparing your annual report and AGM notice in 2022
This snapshot summarises the key developments and issues arising in practice over the last 12 months which impact the 2021 annual report and the AGM in 2022. For further information or to obtain a copy of our full briefing on preparing your annual report and AGM notice in 2022, please email one of...
11 January 2022
Corporate Governance snapshot: Reporting in structured electronic format
The UK Transparency Rules require listed companies to produce their annual report and accounts in structured electronic format in respect of financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2021. The new rules require listed companies publish their annual report and accounts in XHTML web browser...
10 January 2022
PODCAST: THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY & INVESTMENT ACT – WHAT DO PUBLIC M&A PRACTITIONERS NEED TO KNOW?
In the latest episode in our public M&A podcast series, we discuss the National Security & Investment Act – the new regime which gives the UK government powers to screen and block acquisitions and investments on national security grounds – and the impact for public M&A practitioners.
05 January 2022
Merricks v Mastercard: the litigation risks for the financial services sector
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP have published an article in Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law on the repercussions of the recent decisions in the Merricks v Mastercard litigation for the wider litigation landscape, particularly for the financial services sector.
24 December 2021
The Growing Importance of Social Loans for Project Finance
The last five years has seen a global boom in sustainable financing, primarily driven by green loans and bonds, and sustainability linked loans (SLLs). Growth in this area has been linked to a desire to align financing transactions with a broader imperative to improve the environmental impact of...
23 December 2021
Is it game over for computer-implemented inventions in Australia?
The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has provided some clarity on assessing whether computer-implemented inventions constitute patentable subject matter, finding that Aristocrat’s patent claims to electronic gaming machines with particular gaming features were not a “manner of...
22 December 2021
Activism Rising – The Role of Shareholders in Shaping ESG Strategy
While environmental, social and governance (ESG) activism has long been a feature of many markets globally, 2021 has signalled the increased willingness of large institutional investors to take or support activist action against corporate boards where they perceive companies’ progress on ESG issues...
21 December 2021
New Data Protection Law introduced in the UAE – 10 key takeaways
The United Arab Emirates has introduced a new Federal Law for the Protection of Personal Data, the first of its kind in the country and the latest edition to the country's Year of the 50th legislative reform package. Federal Decree-Law No. 45 of 2021 (the " Law ") promises to bring the UAE in line...