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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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Ex-Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Ryan Beckwith is to appeal the £35,000 fine handed down by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last year.  In his SDT hearing last year, Beckwith was found to have initiated and/or engaged in sexual activity with Person A in circumstances in which he was in a position of seniority and/or authority. The […]

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Ocado wraps first legal adviser review since M&S deal

Ocado has concluded a review of its main legal advisers, with firms including DWF and Slaughter and May making it onto the retailer’s roster. The review comes as the online retail company has decided not to appoint a formal panel. At the same time, the effort follows the striking, in February 2019, of a £750m-worth […]

Slaughters and Pinsents on call as property giants plot merger

Slaughter and May and Pinsent Masons are acting on a proposed £500m merger between Countrywide and LSL, which would create the UK’s biggest property group. Corporate partner Richard Smith is leading the Slaughters team acting for Countrywide, alongside associate Harry Hecht. Smith is the firm’s client relationship partner for Countrywide, and has acted for the […]

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