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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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Partner promotions: Taylor Wessing makes good on promise to improve gender diversity

Taylor Wessing has made up five lawyers to partner in its latest UK promotions round, with 60 per cent of the promotions targeting female lawyers. The five new partners in London are Alexander Erskine, Lauren Fendick, Amy Patterson, Adam Rendle and Alexandra Richardson. Private client lawyer Erskine trained at Herbert Smith Freehills, while real estate’s […]

Allen & Overy

A&O promotes 14 in London in bumper year for firm

Allen & Overy (A&O) has made up 34 partners in its latest round of promotions, including 14 in London. The amount made up is far in excess of the norm at A&O in recent years. The last time the number of promotions worldwide exceeded 25 was in 2008, when the firm promoted 28. In London, […]

Kerry Westland, Addleshaw Goddard

From paralegal to partner in nine years: Addleshaws’ Westland among eight promotions

Addleshaw Goddard has promoted eight lawyers in 2019, including its head of innovation Kerry Westland who started out as a paralegal in the firm’s fledgling transactional services team (TST) in 2010. The promotions are UK-centric, featuring just two new partners in Addleshaws’ overseas offices. The firm has made up commercial disputes lawyer Jamie Kellick in Oman […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields makes up 22 in largest promos round since recession

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has promoted 22 lawyers to the ranks of its partnership, in the largest round of promotions since 25 were made up in 2008. Ten lawyers were promoted in continental Europe – the most since 2011 – while London also saw the highest number of new partners created since that year. Seven of […]

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