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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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Dejonghe squeaks victory in A&O senior partner battle

Wim Dejonghe has claimed victory in Allen & Overy’s senior partner elections for the second year in a row, after beating off competition from the firm’s co-head of banking, Philip Bowden. After two stints as A&O’s managing partner in 2008 and 2012, Dejonghe was able to continue in a leadership role when he won the […]

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Allen & Overy is the latest firm to announce a number of new policies regarding parental leave, following the likes of Linklaters, Ashurst and Paul Hastings. The firm has increased paternity leave from two weeks to 12 for its UK fee-earners and business services staff. Its global HR director Sasha Hardman said: “The face of […]

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A&O becomes seventh global firm to secure Shanghai JV

Allen & Overy has gained approval for a joint operation in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, becoming the seventh firm to launch such a venture. In doing so, A&O is also the second magic circle firm to expand its capabilities in China with a joint operation; Linklaters was the first to secure Chinese law capability […]

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Six candidates in the running in A&O’s leadership contest

The race to become the next leaders of Allen & Overy (A&O) has kicked off, with six candidates throwing their hats in the ring for the senior and managing partner roles. Wim Dejonghe will battle the firm’s current co-head of global banking Philip Bowden for the senior partner spot; Bowden has spent over twenty years […]

Johnny Depp turns to Meghan Markle’s legal team after ditching Brown Rudnick

Schillings has been drafted in to represent Johnny Depp on his ongoing libel action against the publishers of The Sun, with the Hollywood film star bringing in the reputational specialists to replace Brown Rudnick. Depp’s change in lawyers was confirmed during a preliminary High Court hearing yesterday. It was also claimed that 70,000 text messages […]

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