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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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Pinsents and Addleshaws score roles on investment platform IPO

Pinsent Masons is shepherding investment platform AJ Bell on its planned flotation on the London Stock Exchange, despite ongoing uncertainty in the IPO market. Partner Julian Stanier and senior associate Alasdair Weir are leading the Pinsent Masons’ corporate team; Stanier joined the firm in 2017 from legacy Berwin Leighton Paisner prior to its US merger […]

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Within an uncertain IPO market, four firms are riding a good wave

The pre-Christmas and pre-Brexit rush has hit the City. Investors and lawyers alike are pushing through deals, trying to get projects away, and a glut of companies have been attempting to take their offerings public. The market has, in fact, seen so much activity over the last few months that it caused a bottleneck. Now, […]

London Stock Exchange

City duo win top roles on Smithson’s IPO

Travers Smith and Gowling WLG have advised on Smithson Investment’s IPO debut on the London Stock Exchange, which is set to be the City’s biggest ever flotation by a trust. Travers partner and head of listed funds, Aaron Stocks, led the firm’s team for Smithson and was assisted by senior associate Leigh Stockey. Gowling WLG […]

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Slaughter and May: Number one for tech talent

Slaughter and May offers its fee-earners the most intensive technology support of the UK 100, exclusive data provided to The Lawyer reveals, with almost two-thirds of the largest firms decreasing the ratio of fee-earners to technology staff. This means lawyers now have more technology support available than ever before, as the increasing use of technology to […]

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