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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.


Takeover Panel chief extends stay

The Director General of the Takeover Panel Richard Murley has accepted the Panel’s invitation to extend his secondment until 30 November 2005. Murley, who works for Goldman Sachs, took up office in April 2003.

Russell-Cooke to merge with PI boutique

Personal injury boutique Evill & Coleman is to merge with London solicitors Russell-Cooke. The two firms will merge on 1 March, forming a 30-strong personal injury department based in Putney, in addition to Russell-Cooke’s Bedford Row and Kingston-upon-Thames offices. Evill & Coleman’s expertise ranges from clinical negligence cases to personal injury work, including sporting injuries. […]

CC delivers Pharmacia IP victory in just nine months

Clifford Chance has taken a pharmaceuticals patent case from its start to a Court of Appeal finish in just nine months. Mayne Pharma v Pharmacia Italia concerned the patent for the drug epirubicin, which is used to treat cancer. Mayne Pharma, an Australian producer of generic drugs, wanted to sell epirubicin in the UK. But Pharmacia Italia, […]

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 […]

Hammonds: auditors dumped, equity partners to repay £3m

Crossley gets tough as ‘exceptional charge’ dents profits; PwC brought in to audit national firm; 60 to go in redundancies Hammonds has replaced its auditors as it embarks on a radical shake-up of its financial management. Fletcher Greenwood & Co, a Bradford-based two-partner firm which has audited Hammonds for decades, has been sidelined in favour of Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC) following a tender of […]

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