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13 March 2019

The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme has commenced: Are you required to register?

Australia’s “Transparency Register” under the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme is now live, with the time to register arrangements in existence at the date of the Scheme’s commencement expiring on 10 March 2019. We look at the Scheme, which was designed to provide transparency over foreign...
13 March 2019

Skilling up for successful Belt and Road investments

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is China's US$5 trillion outbound investment strategy to connect Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe through infrastructure investment. Besides financial investment, it also requires new legal and technical skillsets. In the five years since the BRI's launch...
13 March 2019

Asia Pacific M&A Review 2019

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the publication of its sixth annual Asia Pacific Mergers and Acquisitions Review, offering insights into market trends and predictions from our M&A experts across the region.
12 March 2019

Global M&A Trends 2019 Podcast Series

This podcast series accompanies our latest global M&A report, M&A in 2019: Succeeding in a Climate of Disruption which you can download here .
12 March 2019

Latest Shake-up of the Remuneration Provisions for Banks and Investment Firms Part 2: Banks and credit institutions

After over two years of debate, agreement has finally been reached on the proposed directive amending the Capital Requirements Directive (which is generally being titled CRD5 ), and the European Council has published its final text. As detailed in our previous briefing ( Part 1 ), however, the...
11 March 2019

Is mixed-mode dispute resolution the answer to Belt and Road disputes?

A trend to combine dispute resolution processes, typically mediation and arbitration, is gaining traction internationally. In Asia, the Belt and Road Initiative is driving this change.
11 March 2019

Latest Shake-up of the Remuneration Provisions for Banks and Investment Firms Part 1: Investment Firms

Agreement has now been reached between the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council on the final texts of two Directives which will impact on the remuneration provisions which apply to banks and investment firms. The first is the Investment Firms Directive ( IFD ), which will introduce a...
08 March 2019

Common fund orders upheld following historic joint sitting

Less than a month after an historic joint sitting of the Full Federal Court of Australia and NSW Court of Appeal, decisions have been handed down by both Courts, confirming the validity of ‘common fund orders’ in class action proceedings. 1
08 March 2019

ALP Industrial Relations Policy

A bold, transparent platform The Federal Opposition has published significant detail about the full range of policies it will take to the next election. By any measure, it is a bold and transparent platform for change.
07 March 2019

Regulator's annual funding statement raises the funding bar

The Pensions Regulator has published its 2019 annual funding statement for defined benefit (DB) schemes. The statement: reflects the Regulator's tougher approach confirms the Regulator's focus on reducing the length of deficit recovery plans and requiring schemes to set a long term funding target,...
06 March 2019

US sanctions enforcement action highlights the importance of human rights due diligence

A recent enforcement action by the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control ( OFAC ) has highlighted the importance of human rights due diligence as part of an effective sanctions compliance programme.
06 March 2019

Diese fünf Störfeuer bremsen M&A-Deals / Five M&A disruptors that slow down deals

Politik, zunehmende Regulierung, aktivistische Investoren, der Kampf um Fachkräfte und Störungen durch Konkurrenten: unsere Global-M&A-Studie behandelt Themen, die wir 2018 über alle Regionen hinweg bei Transaktionen beobachten konnten, und die nach unserer Einschätzung den M&A-Markt in...
05 March 2019

Talent — retaining the key individuals

The value of innovative technology can quickly diminish without the continued involvement of the individuals who created it
05 March 2019

Class Action Roundtable: The ALRC report

The Australian Law Reform Commission has completed its inquiry into class action proceedings and third-party litigation funders, and its Final Report was tabled in Parliament in late January 2019.
05 March 2019

EU Regulation on the screening of foreign direct investment enters into force

Today, 5 March 2019, the Council of Ministers of the EU officially endorsed legislative proposals for a Regulation to screen foreign direct investment (" FDI ") into the EU (the " Regulation "). The Council's endorsement signals the successful passing of the Regulation through the full co-...