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16 September 2020

Abraham Accords signed and released and diplomatic relations commence

The leaders of the United Arab Emirates (“ UAE ”) and Israel signed an agreement in Washington yesterday, on 15 September 2020, formalising the countries’ commitment to normalise diplomatic relations. The Kingdom of Bahrain also signed a separate agreement with Israel at the same ceremony. All four...
15 September 2020

Future Cities Series: Views from our sector experts

This series examines the most pressing issues facing our cities in the post-Covid era. We have taken a cross-sector view of the legal and regulatory impacts of the pandemic and have scrutinised the key areas that are likely to be affected by it. Across each of those areas, our sector experts...
15 September 2020

Future Cities Series: Beyond Applause – Key workers in future cities

The contribution made by key workers to our cities has never been more essential – or more appreciated. Yet many of our cities are increasingly unaffordable for nurses, paramedics, teachers and police officers. The Covid‑19 pandemic may result in a renewed focus on enabling key workers to live and...
14 September 2020

Kingdom of Bahrain becomes second Gulf country to enter into peace deal with Israel

On Friday 11 September 2020 it was announced in a joint statement released by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the United States and Israel, that the Kingdom of Bahrain would enter into an agreement with Israel to establish full diplomatic relations between the two countries.
14 September 2020

Restructuring and turnaround: tax implications of financial restructurings (Germany)

Introduction Businesses are struggling. Many have lost a significant portion of their annual revenue as a result of lockdowns and other measures to prevent the spread of Covid19 during the first half of 2020.
11 September 2020

Securities class actions in England and Wales: the challenges for funders and a perspective from Australia

There are interesting contrasts between the highly dynamic securities class action markets in Australia and England and Wales. While the Australian market is more developed, there has been rapid growth in recent years in England and Wales.
10 September 2020

International Construction Law Conference

KCL Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution in collaboration with the Academy of Experts invite you to this online conference. Thu, 10 September 2020 09:30 – 18:00 BST
09 September 2020

Message from Lewis McDonald, Global Head of Energy, Herbert Smith Freehills

Energizing the world, sustainably…
09 September 2020


In the boom years, Russia was one of Europe's largest property markets, with investment volumes of US$8 billion–US$10 billion annually; the figure briefly decreased during the 2008–2009 financial crisis. However, a downward trend on the property market began in 2014 in sync with the political...
09 September 2020

Current trends and future outlook for PPPs in Russia

Russian PPP market in 2020: six years retrospective Six years’ timeframe, a period which coincides with a presidential term, may be a retrospective prism to analyse the PPP market in the road sector in Russia through the developments of its significant projects. Where they were in 2014 and where...
09 September 2020

Launch of first Guide to Dispute Resolution and Governing Law in Russia

Recent changes to Russian law have caused a degree of uncertainty amongst clients as to what they can and cannot do when transacting with Russian parties or in transactions involving Russian entities. This is particularly true surrounding the dispute resolution and governing law clauses that they...
08 September 2020

Exploring opportunities: M&A - back but different (Global)

Rarely have events accelerated so rapidly or so radically as they have in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. We expect the crisis to operate as a catalyst for change and, as a result, there will be opportunities for those with capital to invest or a desire to expand. In this briefing we look at...
08 September 2020

Pressure Points : Le dispositif de financement de commandes garanti par l’Etat est lancé ! (France)

L'arrêté pris pour l’application de l'article 6, VI quater de la loi n° 2020 289 du 23 mars 2020 de finances rectificative pour 2020 vient d’être publié 1 . Pour mémoire, aux termes de cet article, il est prévu que la garantie de l'État puisse bénéficier aux opérations de cession de créances...
07 September 2020

Pressure Points: temporary changes to insolvency laws to be extended to 31 December 2020 (Australia)

The Australian Federal Government has announced the temporary amendments to insolvency and corporations laws will be extended until 31 December 2020 in light of the continuing challenges of COVID-19.
07 September 2020

Pressure Points: Extension of temporary relaxations under Pre-emption Group Guidelines (UK)

The Pre-Emption Group (PEG) has announced that it is extending the temporary additional flexibility under the pre-emption guidelines in light of Covid-19.