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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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Pinsent Masons has made up 10 lawyers in the UK and 15 overall in its latest round of partner promotions. The UK promotions are Laura Ayre in the energy team; Victoria Baker, Clara Boyd, Chrissy Findlay and Robert Tellwright, all in financial services; Tom Eastwood and Jamie Lockerbie in real estate; Michael Fletcher and Thilo […]

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HFW has promoted a record nine new partners across the firm, including six in London. The promotions are effective at the start of the fiscal year on 1 April. They are spread across six offices, spanning Europe, Asia, and America and six of the firm’s industry groups, including shipping, commodities, construction, energy and insurance. Six […]

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Macfarlanes bemoans lack of diversity in bumper promotions round

Macfarlanes has admitted that measures taken to ensure more diverse partnership appointments “have not filtered through yet”, with the firm making up one female partner out of a total of nine. The firm’s 2019 promotions round is its largest in five years, when nine partners were also made up. Last year just three lawyers were […]

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Reed Smith prioritises the US in firm’s largest-ever promotions round

Reed Smith has announced its largest-ever round of promotions, in a move that beefs up its US offices with 30 new partners out of 43 globally. The latest string of promotions outnumber last year‘s figures, when the firm promoted 23 partners worldwide. The largest proportion of the promotions this year went to the US (30), […]

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