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22 June 2022

AI Fairness in UK Financial Services

We team up with UK Finance to explore practical means of keeping bias out of tech-assisted financial services
17 June 2022

First custodial sentences for cartel conduct in Australia

Last week, the first custodial sentences were handed down in relation to contraventions of Australia’s criminal cartel laws, with custodial sentences ranging from nine months to two years and six months.
16 June 2022

Trust companies survey 2022: The data privacy angle

Whilst data privacy and security risks remain on the risk radar for trust companies, this year's trust companies survey focussed on what were the most challenging privacy risks for companies. We asked the same question when researching the last edition of the survey, when the results showed that...
16 June 2022

INside Asia M&A Podcast

What are the key Asia M&A trends that private investors, corporates and intermediaries should zero in on?
15 June 2022

Quadrant Chambers Annual Energy Disputes Event - Energy Disputes in Volatile Times

The Quadrant Chambers Annual Energy Disputes Event returns to an in person event! Herbert Smith Freehills is delighted to be partnering with Quadrant Chambers in hosting their 2022 event at our London offices.
15 June 2022

Creating a federal Anti-Corruption Commission: What does it mean for Australian business?

Promised by the new Labor government to be “powerful, transparent and independent” with extraordinarily wide powers granted to royal commissions, what impact will the federal Anti-Corruption Commission have on business?
14 June 2022

Fourth edition of Herbert Smith Freehills UK Code Companion

We have this week published the fourth edition of the "Herbert Smith Freehills Code Companion", which is an index designed to assist UK M&A practitioners when considering Takeover Code issues.
14 June 2022

Financing net zero cities – The case for smart legal solutions

Urban centres need new funding models to be in the vanguard of the battle against climate change
14 June 2022

Demystifying Australia's recent Security of Critical Infrastructure Act reforms

The recent amendments to the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (“the Act’”) constitute some of the most significant cybersecurity reforms in Australia’s history.
13 June 2022

TAKING STOCK: OEP URGES GOVERNMENT TO BE AMBITIOUS AND FOCUS ON DELIVERY

The Office for Environmental Protection has called for bold targets and a clear accountability as the UK government's mulls update of 25 year Environment Plan for England.
10 June 2022

A tale of two markets: regulatory divergence between the EU and UK securitisation frameworks

The UK voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016 and then officially ceased to be an EU Member State on 31 December 2020. Nearly five years later, the long drawn-out process of Brexit has still not come to an end, as the UK and EU continue to clash over borders and trade issues. For the...
10 June 2022

THE EMERGING AREA OF SUSTAINABLE SECURITISATION

Sustainable securitisation is gathering pace. According to S&P Global Ratings, last year saw over €4 billion in green and social securitisation issuance in Europe. Key players in this market include Dutch mortgage lender Obvion and specialist UK lender Kensington Mortgages.
09 June 2022

Global LIBOR - Legislative Solutions Article

09 June 2022

How the OEP fits into the environmental governance jigsaw

This article was first published in Environmental Law & Management ( www.lawtext.com ) The Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) was created by the Environment Act 2021 ("the Act") to replace the role of the European Commission in overseeing implementation of EU environmental law by the UK...
08 June 2022

RECENT PORTFOLIO ACQUISITIONS TRENDS - UPDATE ON SPAIN'S MORTGAGE SECURITIES LEGAL REGIME

The Spanish market for secured non-performing loans (NPLs) is one of the largest and most active markets in Europe and Spain remains a preferred jurisdiction for international investors. Although for a number of years most portfolio disposals have been structured as a direct sale of secured NPLs,...