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Events | 09 July 2018

Event: Banks and Human Rights Today

Marking ten years since the global financial crisis, a new book: "Necessary Evil: How to Fix Finance by Saving Human Rights” by Professor David Kinley investigates the impact the financial system has on human rights. The book explains how to reform finance in ways that will salvage its legitimacy...
Audio and Video | 07 July 2018

Real Estate Podcast: Episodes 1 - 2 now available

On the new Herbert Smith Freehills Podcast channel, our experts discuss Real Estate and Planning issues in the UK.
Legal Briefings | 06 July 2018

Hong Kong's anti-graft commissioner warns of corruption on belt and road

The head of Hong Kong's Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has warned local investors to beware of rampant corruption in some Belt and Road countries. ICAC commissioner Simon Peh Yun-Lu pledged the support of the agency, one of the world's most respected and effective anti-corruption...
Legal Briefings | 06 July 2018

HM Treasury and Financial Regulators’ updates on Brexit preparation

Almost a year after it was introduced, a key piece of UK domestic Brexit legislation has now been passed. The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ( EUWA ), which aims to provide a functioning statute book on the day the UK leaves the EU, completed its difficult passage through the UK Parliament...
Legal Briefings | 05 July 2018

How natural is ‘natural’?

Brand owners like to distinguish their products by marketing them as ‘natural’. What is required to substantiate such a claim? Recent decisions illustrate that context is key.
Legal Briefings | 04 July 2018

With an eye on Belt and Road disputes, China establishes new international commercial courts

China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) has established two new international commercial courts to handle a broad range of international disputes. The new courts are specifically designed to attract disputes related to the Belt and Road Initiative, and offer a one-stop dispute resolution mechanism...
Guides | 04 July 2018

Doing business in Australia 2018

Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to launch the 2018 edition of our Doing Business in Australia guide.
Legal Briefings | 03 July 2018

EIOPA issues second warning about the impact of Brexit on insurance contracts

EIOPA has published an opinion and FAQs emphasising the need for insurers and insurance intermediaries to explain to policyholders how Brexit will affect their insurance cover.
Legal Briefings | 03 July 2018

General counsel update, July 2018

This is the latest in our series of general counsel updates which aim to summarise major developments in key areas. Click download above for a copy of the update.
Legal Briefings | 03 July 2018

Australia’s new ipso facto regime is now live: Are your contractual rights affected?

Australia’s new ipso facto regime is now in effect. It stays the enforcement of contractual rights triggered upon the entry of a corporate counterparty into certain restructuring and insolvency processes. The regime will affect a broad range of contracts entered into on or after 1 July 2018;...
Legal Briefings | 02 July 2018

Judges won’t get dragged into political squabbling over Brexit

Nusrat Zar and Mark Smyth have published a comment in The Times on two recent judicial review challenges in the context of Brexit. The decisions demonstrate that the UK courts are unlikely to be willing to be drawn into the political aspects of Brexit or to engage with hypothetical issues. The...
Audio and Video | 02 July 2018

CEO Mark Rigotti on servicing Clients in the Modern Business World

Legal Briefings | 29 June 2018

The new Critical Infrastructure Centre and implications for the foreign investment approval process

The Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (the SCI Act ) was recently passed and will commence on 11 July 2018. In this article we explain the effect of the SCI Act and what it will mean for FIRB approvals going forward.
Legal Briefings | 29 June 2018

Federal Modern Slavery Bill introduced to Parliament

Closely following the passage of the NSW Modern Slavery Act on 21 June 2018 ( NSW Act ), a federal Modern Slavery Bill was introduced to Parliament on 28 June 2018. Debate on the Bill has been adjourned until the next Parliamentary sittings period, which begins in August 2018. The Government has...
Guides | 29 June 2018

2018 Herbert Smith Freehills Guides to Takeovers and Schemes of Arrangement

The 2018 editions of the Herbert Smith Freehills Guide to Takeovers and Guide to Schemes of Arrangement have been launched. Recently recognised as the 2018 Law Firm of the Year at the Australasian Law Awards, we strive to provide our clients with an unparalleled depth of expertise. Our Guides...