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02 October 2018

Hashing out the Implications of Smart Contracting under English Law

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), commonly known as blockchain technology, is driving a new wave of innovation across many industries. Blockchain is often billed as a technology able to revolutionise how businesses operate, by improving reliability, security and speed due to the decentralisation...
01 October 2018

Podcast: Analysing a "no-deal" Brexit - an Asian investor's perspective

Welcome to our new podcast series in which we analyse the implications of Brexit from the perspective of an Asian investor.
01 October 2018

Collaborate and diversify: connectivity in the digital age

Transformation in the global telecoms ecosystem is gathering momentum. It is driven by evolving technologies, growing customer appetite for hyperconnectivity and a new breed of competitor.
28 September 2018


Interim relief describes measures available to parties prior to the final resolution of their legal dispute, which may be directed towards protecting evidence or the rights and assets of parties.
28 September 2018

Publication of Mining Charter III

While many of the provisions of the 2018 Mining Charter ( Charter ) remain largely unchanged from the previous draft, there have been important changes to certain material issues.
28 September 2018

An industry divided: Proposed reform of retentions in the UK

The UK construction industry is currently engaged in a heated debate about the future of cash retentions in construction projects. Indeed, the issue of retentions is a hot topic throughout the construction industry globally, with a number of countries having taken steps to reform cash retentions in...
27 September 2018

Brexit Continuity Clauses: what policyholders need to know

We have assisted Airmic to produce a guide for policyholders on Continuity Clauses, which some in the insurance market are using to prepare for the impact of Brexit.
27 September 2018

M&A trends and hot button issues from ASIC’s HY18 Corporate Finance Report

We delve into the corporate finance report recently released by ASIC summarising key statistics on takeovers and schemes and issues ASIC has focused on in public M&A over the first half of 2018.
27 September 2018

“Holding” DOCAs confirmed as valid by High Court of Australia

On 12 September 2018, the High Court of Australia ( High Court ) gave judgment in the case of Mighty River International Limited v Hughes ( Mighty River ). 1 In that decision, the High Court (by a 3:2 majority) held that a “holding” deed of company arrangement ( DOCA ) is valid.
26 September 2018

Private equity real estate: the new trend for real estate investment in France

The French Private Equity and Real Estate ("PERE") market is becoming increasingly more sophisticated. For years the PERE market centred on the US and the UK, while in France, indirect investment was seen as a mainly opportunistic strategy restricted to non-French investors. Now US investment funds...
26 September 2018

Brexit “no deal” technical notices published on intellectual property and life sciences sector issues

The latest tranche of “no deal” technical notices was released yesterday afternoon by the UK Government. Amongst them are several notices that highlight the Brexit issues faced by intellectual property right owners and, in some cases, confirm the Government’s approach to resolving them. The...
25 September 2018

“一带一路”项目中 东道国政府的角色及风险防范(下)

21 September 2018

ASIC extends FFSP exemptions for a further 12 months

Today the Australian Securities & Investments Commission ( ASIC ) announced a 12 month extension, to 30 September 2019, to the 'limited connection' and 'passporting' Australian financial services licence ( AFSL ) exemptions.
21 September 2018

European Private Equity Review, Autumn 2018 Edition

The Herbert Smith Freehills European Private Equity Review highlights legal developments of particular significance for European financial sponsors and shares our experience of trends across the European private equity landscape and opportunities for growth.
20 September 2018

Impact Investment: Generating positive returns

All over the globe, entrepreneurs are devising innovative commercial solutions to social and environmental challenges. The growth of the sustainable investment market has been buoyed by a revolution in the use of technology to tackle the world's greatest problems. At Herbert Smith Freehills, we are...