Announcements

OFSI publishes quick guide to financial sanctions

On 4 October 2017, HM Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (“OFSI”) published a quick guide for UK businesses, with the aim of helping them understand and comply with financial sanctions. The guide is intended to help explain what financial … Continue reading

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Regulators around the world become more vocal regarding the potential risks associated with ICOs

The rapid rise of initial coin offerings (ICOs) this year has prompted heightened scrutiny by regulators globally. On 4 September 2017, seven major regulators governing the finance and technology sectors in China (collectively, the Chinese Regulators), jointly published an announcement … Continue reading

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Conclusions released on the revamp of Hong Kong’s regulatory structure for decision making in listing related matters

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Exchange) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have jointly announced their consultation conclusions on proposals to revamp the regulatory structure for making decisions in listing related matters. The June 2016 consultation (summarised in … Continue reading

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UK Government’s future Partnership Paper on Foreign policy, defence and development: including proposals for co-operation on sanctions, cyber security, and the defence and security industries

The UK Government has released a Paper outlining the UK’s proposals for a future partnership with the EU regarding foreign policy, defence and development. The Paper highlights the UK’s shared interests and values with the EU regarding foreign policy and … Continue reading

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IMPLEMENTS SECTORAL SANCTIONS TARGETING VENEZUELA

On August 24, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order targeting the current Venezuela regime.  The next day, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) announced the implementation of broad new “sectoral” sanctions applicable … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court of Appeal finds against bank on the basis that the bank’s exclusion of liability clauses were unconscionable and unreasonable

The Hong Kong Court of Appeal (CA) has recently affirmed a decision of the Court of First Instance (CFI), in which a ruling was made in favour of the plaintiff investors in a mis-selling claim against a bank, albeit on … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills assists with first prevention of corruption clause in Olympic Games host city contract

Sylvia Schenk, a consultant in our Frankfurt disputes team, has worked with global anti-corruption NGO Transparency International to secure the first prevention of corruption clause in an Olympic Games host city’s contract. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on 31 … Continue reading

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The UK Government announces consultation on sanctions post-Brexit

The two year process of the UK's exit from the EU formally began on 29 March 2017 with notice being given under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union of the UK's intention to leave the EU. One … Continue reading

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Herbert Smith Freehills recruits former assistant US Attorney John J.O’Donnell as a partner in New York

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce that John J. O’Donnell, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and former branch chief of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has joined … Continue reading

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Andrew Procter joins Herbert Smith Freehills Financial Services Regulatory team

Andrew Procter, a leading financial services regulatory expert and a highly regarded senior figure in the financial services and investment banking industry, joins Herbert Smith Freehills highly ranked Financial Services Regulatory (FSR) team today.  

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