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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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Law firms are assessing whether to attend Mipim 2020 as the list of companies pulling out of the annual real estate conference rises over Coronavirus fears. Real estate lawyers have been talking with peers at other firms to gauge what they are doing and discuss the risks involved. Hogan Lovells will make a decision within […]

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Latham and Skadden act on $7.1bn fintech acquisition

Latham & Watkins, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati have led on the latest deal in the fintech sector, this time in the consumer finance space. Latham took the lead role for Intuit, a business and finance software company which develops accounting and tax preparation services for small business […]

HSF launches first office in Italy with Simmons hire

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has expanded in Europe, opening its first office in Italy with a hire from Simmons & Simmons. The new Milan office, which has been described by the firm as an “IP boutique”, will launch through Laura Orlando, Simmons’ former leading IP partner in the Italian city.

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