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30 September 2019

2019 Herbert Smith Freehills Guide to Takeovers and Schemes of Arrangement

The 2019 edition of the Herbert Smith Freehills Guide to Takeovers and Schemes of Arrangement has been launched. Recently recognised as M&A Legal Adviser of the Year at the 2019 Mergermarket Australia M&A Awards, we strive to provide our clients with an unparalleled depth of expertise. Our...
30 September 2019

Could Germany introduce a mandatory human rights due diligence law?

On 10 September 2019, the seventh anniversary of the devastating fire in the Ali Enterprises factory in Pakistan whose main customer was the German retailer KiK, a coalition of NGOs and trade unions in Germany launched a campaign calling for the issuance of a mandatory supply chain due diligence...
30 September 2019

Harnessing the power of diversity in IP

This year, we have partnered with World IP Review (WIPR) on an important campaign to celebrate, promote and support influential women in IP, as well as highlighting achievements and identifying any barriers that remain.
27 September 2019

The IOOF Case: The Federal Court bursts the Royal Commission’s “best interests” balloon

The case in a nutshell In the well-publicised decision in the IOOF case, 1 Australian Prudential Regulation Authority ( APRA ) sought to establish that two superannuation trustees and some of their directors and other officers engaged in conduct that contravened the statutory covenants in the...
26 September 2019

Pensions and ESG – The evolving legal and regulatory landscape

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are becoming increasingly high profile and they are moving up the agenda for trustee boards, pension providers and asset managers as they respond to new legal and regulatory requirements, to pressure from savers and action groups and to changing...
26 September 2019

Climate change as a human rights issue?

Although climate change impacts human rights, the situation is more complex than simply stating that climate change violates our human rights, say Dr Georgios Zampas and Oliver Elgie.
26 September 2019

Calculation guidelines on GDPR fines in Germany

In our latest report , we informed you about new developments regarding imposed sanctions by Data Protection Authorities (“DPA”) in Germany and Austria and about a model for calculating fines imposed under the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) proposed by the Conference of the German “...
25 September 2019

Supreme Court unanimously holds that extended prorogation of Parliament is unlawful

In R (Miller) v The Prime Minister; Cherry and ors v Advocate General for Scotland [2019] UKSC 41 , the Supreme Court found that the Prime Minister's advice to Her Majesty to prorogue Parliament for an extended period was unlawful and void, and quashed the consequent Order in Council effecting the...
25 September 2019

Record £250,000 fine imposed by the CMA on Paypal for integration activities during merger review process

On 24 September 2019 the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) imposed its largest ever fine for a single breach of an interim enforcement order (IEO) on Paypal, in the context of its acquisition of iZettle. IEOs are now routinely imposed in almost all completed mergers investigated by the CMA...
25 September 2019

Climate change: Succeed in a lower-carbon future

In a 2019 global survey, 1,250 CEOs rated environmental / climate change risk the single biggest threat to business growth. 1
24 September 2019

Using Decision Analysis for distressed debt valuations

Using Decision Analysis for distressed debt valuations This is the latest in our series of discussions about how clients have used HSF's Decision Analysis models as part of their strategy for disputes management.
19 September 2019

Madrid video updates: La prohibición de contratar con la Administración y las medidas de self-cleaning

19 September 2019

The new regulatory regime for insurance intermediaries in Hong Kong – are you ready for 23 September 2019?

On 23 September 2019, the new statutory regime for the regulation of insurance intermediaries will take effect.
19 September 2019

The View From Brussels: Ideas to fix the Backstop - including enhanced extradition

The position of the EU changed almost imperceptibly over the summer from that which we noted in June 2019 of “the Withdrawal Agreement is not open for renegotiation” to "where is your proposal?"
18 September 2019

The long arm of regulation: responding to cross-border financial services investigations

Financial services firms conduct their business activities across markets and borders, often performing services and holding data in locations other than those in which they interact with their clients. Over a decade after the financial crisis, their regulators remain under sustained public and...