Charging forward – Ofgem’s drive to electrify transport

On Saturday, 4 September 2021, Ofgem (the energy regulator in Great Britain) published its plans to further support the UK’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs) in the deployment of EVs and their integration into the electricity system. Ofgem aims to get the network ready for EVs and ensure there is sufficient network capacity for EV … Read more

Part 26A Restructuring Plans and HoldCo Financings

The background to Restructuring Plans When the UK Government announced a package of measures to support businesses during the pandemic, they included a new restructuring tool – the restructuring plan (or RP) under Part 26A of the Companies Act 2006. The RP is a very powerful restructuring tool.  Principally because it allows a compromise to … Read more

Leading the legal sector on climate change with Net Zero Lawyers Alliance

Herbert Smith Freehills is joining forces with other legal sector leaders to fight climate change through the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance (NZLA) – a coalition of commercial law firms committed to helping the world achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Justin D’Agostino joined leaders from a number of international law firms and corporates to launch the … Read more

FUTURE CITIES – THE PODCAST SERIES

Building on our series exploring the prospects of the modern city, our new podcast brings you interviews, commentary and fresh perspectives on one of the defining social and economic forces of modern life. Tune in and hear from our leading figures across a range of disciplines as they join industry experts to share insights and … Read more

Public-Private Partnership Law Review – latest edition published

We are very pleased to announce the publication of the latest edition of the Public-Private Partnership Law Review which explores recent developments and current issues affecting public private partnerships across 21 jurisdictions. The edition was edited by Patrick Mitchell and Matthew Job and has contributions from leading law firms across the world who specialise in … Read more

The Biden Infrastructure Plan

United States President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his administration recently made proposals concerning approximately US$2.3 trillion in government funds to be devoted to infrastructure-related projects in the United States. This is referred to as the Biden Infrastructure Plan, or formally, the “American Jobs Plan” (the Plan). To view a summary of the anticipated structure … Read more

Healthcare as an Infrastructure asset

The search for yield is driving infrastructure investors to expand beyond typical core infrastructure assets into core+ or ‘infra-like’ assets. As part of this, infrastructure funds are increasingly looking at capital-heavy healthcare assets like hospitals and diagnostic imaging. Healthcare assets exhibit many similar characteristics to core infrastructure assets, particularly if investors ‘think outside the box’ … Read more

Rule against penalties: Singapore Court of Appeal affirms Dunlop test

The decision of the Singapore Court of Appeal on 15 December 2020 in Denka Advantech Pte Ltd & another v Seraya Energy Pte Ltd & another [2020] SGCA 119, has affirmed that, under Singapore law, the rule against penalties remains as stated by Lord Dunedin in Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company, Ltd v New Garage and Motor Company, Limited [1915] … Read more