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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...
12 January 2022

NO DEFECT OF THE PREMISES, NO LUMP-SUM RENT REDUCTION - UPDATE ON THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF COVID-19-RELATED BUSINESS CLOSURES (FEDERAL COURT OF JUSTICE (BUNDESGERICHTSHOF, BGH), DECISION DATED JANUARY 12, 2022 - XII ZR 8/21

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

IP law podcast series - Unravelling the issues

Our experts explore the hottest topics and controversies in intellectual property law
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...
22 December 2021

New FDI Regulation Guide sets path for dealmaking

In this first edition published by the GCR our experts share their views on what lies ahead for deals and the changing face of national security.
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...
20 December 2021

Exposure draft legislation released for new FFSP AFSL exemptions

The eagerly awaited detail of the proposed new foreign financial service provider ( FFSP ) exemptions from the need to hold an Australian financial services licence ( AFSL ) was released today.
20 December 2021

First set of UK climate disclosure rules applicable to asset managers come into force

The FCA's new rules are first piece of the UK's ESG regulatory jigsaw and start applying in a phased manner from 1 January 2022.
17 December 2021

Online Privacy Bill and Privacy Act Discussion Paper: Increased Enforcement Risk and Regulatory Change

As explored in our earlier briefing article, the recent release of the exposure draft of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021 (the Exposure Draft) and the Privacy Act Review – Discussion Paper (the Discussion Paper ) canvass a wide array of...
17 December 2021

Disputes in Australia 2021: The Video Wrap

In a video series, our national litigation experts reflect on the key contentious trends for 2021 (and make a few New Year predictions). Includes reports on class actions, finreg, corporate crime and IP disputes.