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Legal Briefings | 10 May 2018

Asia-Pacific GPC Participants Want Enforceable Decisions And Efficient Processes

Anita Phillips , a Professional Support Consultant at the Hong Kong office of Herbert Smith Freehills , discusses how the Global Pound Conference (GPC) data results differ in six different countries across Asia-Pacific: Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.
Legal Briefings | 09 May 2018

Expropriation of land without compensation

Following the South African Parliament’s decision to investigate expropriation of land without compensation, there has been a spike in land invasions across the country. Land owners and persons in control of land need to be vigilant and act quickly to protect their property interests. While there...
08 May 2018


Blockchain technology is ushering in a new epoch of monetary oversight, creating opportunities and challenges for regulators in a world disrupted by the advent of cryptocurrencies
Legal Briefings | 08 May 2018


Overseas PPP projects are in essence a long-term cooperation between the investors and the host country government. The Government is the client to serve, and at the same time a business partner. The dual-role played by the Government has added complexity to the Projects. As a preventative measure...
Legal Briefings | 07 May 2018

M&A trends 2017/2018 – Japan’s new wave of investment into Australia

Japan’s diversified investment into Australia over the last 10 years has seen its ranking rise to second spot, behind the United States, in foreign direct investment. Prompted by Australia’s position in Asia, stable economy, strong population growth forecasts, and sound legal system, Japan is now...
Legal Briefings | 03 May 2018

Latest developments of the mining industry in Latin America

In view of the rise in commodity prices, especially metals, mining activity in South America has increased in 2017 compared to the last few years. Expectations are that 2018 will build on last year's positive trend. In this article we give a snapshot of the main Latin America mining markets,...
Legal Briefings | 03 May 2018

National Energy Guarantee: Will it keep the lights on?

On 20 April 2018, the COAG Energy Council ( Council ) released its high level design document ( High Level Design Document ) for the national energy guarantee ( NEG ), which has been ‘ designed to integrate energy and emissions policy in a way that will encourage new investment in clean and low...
Legal Briefings | 03 May 2018

South African mining outlook for 2018: Environmental and climate change resilience

The South African government has committed to reducing greenhouse gas ( GHG ) emissions to meet its nationally-determined contribution commitments in accordance with the Paris Agreement. In order to achieve these objectives, the South African government needs to implement regulatory and other...
Legal Briefings | 03 May 2018

Altice fined €124.5 million for gun-jumping conduct

The EU Commission has imposed a fine of €124.5 million on Altice, a multinational cable and telecoms company, for having implemented its acquisition of Portuguese telecoms operator PT Portugal prior to notifying the transaction and receiving clearance under the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR), so-...
Legal Briefings | 03 May 2018

Protecting against wrongful state actions: structuring investments to allow a real possibility of recourse

Mining companies are no strangers to risky environments and threats of political upheaval. In an era of growing resource nationalism and increased environmental and populist activism, these risks are augmented – particularly in jurisdictions where governmental stability is uncertain.
Legal Briefings | 03 May 2018

Corporate crime update, April 2018

Welcome to the April 2018 edition of our corporate crime update - our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. Below we provide a brief overview of what is covered in each update...
Legal Briefings | 03 May 2018

Australia: Labour hire licensing update

Many resources companies utilise labour hire workers, or their contractors do. It is therefore important to keep abreast of recent legislative activity in a number of different Australian states in this area.
Legal Briefings | 03 May 2018

Exit by minority participants

As a result of the recent full or partial exits by a number of major mining companies from the Australian coal industry, a number of minority participants have also considered how the sell part or all of their interest. The recent experiences of these minority participants has highlighted the key...
Legal Briefings | 01 May 2018

Lighter touch, or more of the same? MAS issues consultation paper on proposed guidelines on individual accountability and conduct

On 26 April 2018, the Monetary Authority of Singapore ( MAS ) issued a Consultation Paper on its proposed, and much-anticipated, senior manager accountability regime in the form of ‘Guidelines on Individual Accountability and Conduct’ ( Guidelines ). The Consultation Paper comes soon after the...
Legal Briefings | 01 May 2018

Timeline – What does the future hold? – May 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Timeline, which looks at the upcoming UK legal developments. Click here or on the image below to read the whole publication.