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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has revamped its corporate practice as veteran Simon Marchant leaves after nearly three decades at the magic circle firm, The Lawyer can reveal. Marchant has been Freshfields City corporate head for four years and is retiring from the firm’s partnership this July. He will be replaced by partner Julian Pritchard, who will take […]

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Kirkland & Ellis partner David Higgins has made his lineup debut at his new firm, supporting the team on a deal opposite his old shop Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The deal saw Kirkland act for private equity house Pamplona on its sale of European pet food manufacturer Partner in Pet Food (PPF) to Cinven. Kirkland led […]

Slaughters bags Disney role as battle for Sky intensifies

Slaughter and May has been called in to advise the Walt Disney Company in its bid for Sky News after MPs said the channel would have to be sold if 21st Century Fox wants to succeed in its bid for Sky. The possible divestiture is the latest development in a long-running and complex battle over […]

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