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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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Abbey merger: £18m spent on Slaughters, print and postage

With the High Court set to approve the Abbey National- Santander Central Hispano (SCH) merger today (8 November), it has emerged that Abbey spent around £9m sending out legal documentation to its 1.8 million shareholders. It is thought that Abbey’s law firm Slaughter and May will get around the same amount as the bank spent […]

Music and the Deaf awards Cobbetts’ employment head

A love of music, plus support from his firm, has helped Cobbetts Leeds employment head Ronald Drake win an award for his work with Huddersfield charity Music and the Deaf. Drake is a keen amateur singer and a member of several choirs, as well as being a partner in Cobbetts. The firm is a member […]

New EU rights watchdog launched

The European Commission has launched a public consultation exercise on plans to create a European Union (EU) watchdog ensuring that all significant legal rights available to EU citizens are respected. This Fundamental Rights Agency would replace the Vienna-based EU Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, taking over its existing mandate. EU heads of governments have […]

Goldman Sachs bins paper billing

US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is taking an innovative step in managing its external legal costs by moving away from traditional paper billing. After a six-month consultation process, Goldman has rolled out a system, in conjunction with Herbert Smith, which will enable the bank to receive electronic bills. The system allows bills, together with […]

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