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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.


PwC survey shows UK firms’ poor showing in billing stakes

The ability of UK law firms to bill promptly and collect debts within a reasonable time period has deteriorated since last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) annual financial management survey has revealed. The value of debts older than 90 days among the top 25 firms increased from 19 per cent in 2003 to 24 per cent in […]

Careesrs: In brief

Manchester firm Antony Hodari & Co has introduced an HR service designed to help staff effectively manage personal issues arising outside the office. The firm, which employs more than 100 staff, has partnered with Validium, the integrated employee assistance programme (EAP) provider and specialist HR support consultancy, to provide staff with an EAP. The programme […]

Firm ‘friends’

The stormy nature of Clifford Chance‘s communications, media and telecoms team has passed into legal market mythology, with partners allegedly having stand-up rows at group meetings before slamming doors and flouncing out. (Sounds a bit like Tulkinghorn’s house.) News now reaches these shores providing more evidence of the chronic lack of communication between the partners. […]

Telfa adds four to network

Four new law firms have joined legal network Trans European Law Firms Alliance (Telfa), building on its Eastern Europe expertise. Joining the network are Austrian firm Doralt Seist Csoklich, Bihary Balassa & Partners of Hungary, Romanian firm Mariana Anghel Law Firm and Hökerberg & Söderqvist in Sweden. Last year the appointment of Polish firm Kalwas […]

Deutsche Bank leads radical e-billing drive

Deutsche Bank is leading a group of nine of the world’s largest financial institutions, together with Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons, in piloting a web-based information portal that it hopes will lead to an e-billing standard. Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley have been the first banks to […]

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