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Amendments to the constitutional documents for offshore companies listed in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange recently made various amendments to its listing rules, which came into effect on 1 January 2022. These include its recently published consultation conclusions in respect of the Listing Regime for Overseas Issuers and the Review of the Corporate Governance Code and related listing rules, and the Housekeeping Rule Amendments.

2022 Predictions: Technology sector outlook

After the growth and successes of the tech industry in 2021, James Klein, head of the technology sector at Shoosmiths, shares his thoughts on emerging trends and a few areas where we may see developments in 2022.

What is eDiscovery software?

The discovery process in litigation requires that parties must exchange documents deemed relevant to the case. As most documentation is now created, stored and exchanged in digital form, this element of discovery has become known as electronic discovery – or eDiscovery – and has become an accepted part of legal systems worldwide.

Are non-fungible tokens property capable of being held on trust?

A recent High Court decision raised some interesting questions surrounding the property status of cryptocurrencies and whether they can be held on trust. We consider how certain comments in the judgment may have implications for the property status of NFTs.

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Gender pay gap: DLA Piper pays men £6 an hour more than women

DLA Piper has gone granular in its latest gender pay gap report, revealing that female employees are paid nearly £6 less per hour on average than their male colleagues. The firm is understood to be the first major player to breakdown what the percentages equate to in sterling. In the firm’s 2018 report, it states […]

Asia-Pacific favoured as DLA makes up record number of partners

DLA Piper has promoted 77 lawyers to partner worldwide, with eight made up in the UK. The number of promotions is a record high for DLA, beating the 62 lawyers elevated in 2017. But UK lawyers made up just 10 per cent of the total this year, a smaller proportion than ever before. In Birmingham, […]

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Second Akin Gump partner heads for Dechert

Dechert has brought in a second partner from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in as many weeks, following on from the recruitment of funds lawyer Thiha Tun at the end of last month. Akin Gump partner Sarah Smith will join Dechert’s finance practice. She leaves amid a boom in Akin Gump City figures, with […]

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