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Legal Briefings | 12 December 2017

Down, but not for long - China outbound M&A

In 2016, China’s outbound investment surged, reaching a record high of US$170.1 billion, and surpassed inbound investment for the first time. Investment came from all types of Chinese companies, from state-owned enterprises to privately owned innovators, and in everything from chemical companies to...
Legal Briefings | 12 December 2017

Technology driving M&A - Data, data everywhere

Data is now one of the most valuable commodities in the world, with a market predicted to be worth US$92 billion globally by 2026. It's not surprising. Everything we do each day leaves a digital trace, capable of being collected, analysed, manipulated and sold. Most of us give up this valuable...
Legal Briefings | 12 December 2017

Political intervention in M&A - Is the tide turning?

Political intervention in cross-border acquisitions is on the increase globally, against a back-drop of protectionist rhetoric in some countries: the blocking by President Trump of the bid by China-backed Canyon Bridge for Lattice Semiconductor being the latest high-profile example. Jurisdictions...
Legal Briefings | 12 December 2017

A Litigator's Yearbook: 2017 (England and Wales)

As we see another year out, it’s a good time to look back at what 2017 has had in store. In this post we summarise some of the key developments from the perspective of the commercial litigator, covering topics such as privilege, contract law, jurisdiction and various aspects of court procedure. We...
Legal Briefings | 11 December 2017

New Australian measures to combat Corporate Crime

On 6 December 2017, the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was introduced into the Senate.
Legal Briefings | 11 December 2017

The future of retail

When you think of current trends in the consumer and retail sectors, buzzwords like "artificial intelligence", "augmented reality" and "virtual reality" spring to mind. The retail scene is undergoing fundamental disruption – and these emerging technologies are centre-stage. Traditionally, such...
Legal Briefings | 11 December 2017

Business and Human Rights: Key 2017 developments and the road ahead

On 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights . Each year, on the anniversary of the adoption of that landmark document, the world observes Human Rights Day . Ahead of next year's 70 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human...
Legal Briefings | 08 December 2017

Brexit Sector Viewpoint: Africa Outlook

As the UK calls time on its 44 year membership of the European Union (EU), repercussions are felt further afield. African countries which currently access the EU via the UK, such as Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, or have the UK as their main end market within the EU will be exposed when...
Guides | 08 December 2017

Dispute Resolution and Governing Law Clauses in Indonesia-Related Contracts

Welcome to the first edition of our essential guide to "Dispute Resolution and Governing Law Clauses in Indonesia-Related Contracts."
Legal Briefings | 07 December 2017

Bitcoin surpasses $10,000 for the first time – will there be a regulatory response?

With Bitcoin breaking through the $10,000 barrier, regulatory focus on FinTech – which was already increasing in intensity – is likely to get even more intense. In the past few months, regulators around the globe have announced their intentions towards the regulation of cryptocurrencies and/or...
Webinars | 07 December 2017

Cyber incidents: understanding the insurance responses

Recording: Broadcast 7 December 2017
Legal Briefings | 07 December 2017

Key changes proposed by the South African Competition Amendment Bill

On 1 December 2017, the Minister of Economic Development published the Competition Amendment Bill, 2017 ( Bill ) (see here ) for public comment. The Bill seeks to create and enhance the substantive provisions of the Competition Act No. 89 of 1998 (as amended) ( Act ) and focuses on two key...
Legal Briefings | 07 December 2017

M&A in a changing world

In October 2017, Herbert Smith Freehills sponsored a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit ( The EIU ) entitled M&A in a changing world - Opportunities amidst disruption . The EIU Report assessed the state of play on global M&A in this current period of unprecedented and unanticipated...
Legal Briefings | 06 December 2017

Embracing big data and technology: Interaction with employment, IR landscape and privacy

“Big data” and the “internet of things” ( IoT ) are fundamentally transforming how resources businesses conduct their operations, and helping companies significantly improve productivity and safety. This article will briefly address the potential employment-related legal ramifications facing...
Legal Briefings | 06 December 2017

Queensland Election: What happens to the Sunshine State’s renewable energy projects?

A second term Palaszczuk Labor government purports to remain committed to renewable energy development in Queensland and is likely to face limited opposition from independent and minor party members, conditional upon renewables assisting in reducing the cost of energy. Uncertainty surrounding the...