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IHL Legal Briefings

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Cities of the future

May 2019. By Herbert Smith Freehills

The We Company recently announced new ‘future cities initiatives’ which will combine technology, data and real estate to ‘help address problems spurred by globalisation, urbanisation and climate change.’ The project will involve a team of engineers, architects, data scientists and biologists. [Continue Reading]

Herbert Smith Freehills on class actions

July 2018. By Herbert Smith Freehills, Damian Grave, Gregg Rowan, and Maura McIntosh

Class actions represent a growing area of risk for UK corporates, with increasing numbers of high-profile and high-value group claims being brought, or threatened to be brought, in the English courts. [Continue Reading]

Herbert Smith Freehills on foreign investment

July 2018. By Herbert Smith Freehills

Recent years have seen global shifts in both policy frameworks for screening inward foreign direct investment (FDI) and the way in which those frameworks are applied. The result is a more uncertain environment for foreign investment, which parties to a transaction will have to consider how to navigate earlier in the transaction process. [Continue Reading]

Shareholder activism – new tactics, new players and a change in tone

July 2018. By Herbert Smith Freehills, Gavin Davies, and Greg Mulley

Shareholder activism continues to grow in the UK as it does globally, both in terms of capital deployed and the publicity it attracts. While shareholder activism is not a new concept in the UK, the type of investors involved in activist campaigns, the companies that they are targeting, the tools that activists are using and the outcomes that they are seeking to achieve have evolved over recent years. The more typical response of the board of a company that is targeted has also changed reflecting a change in tone and approach away from straight defence tactics alone, and towards that of ‘board preparedness’ and ‘constructive engagement’. [Continue Reading]

Autonomous vehicles: driving change in real estate

February 2018. By Herbert Smith Freehills and Matthew White

Our cities are designed around and defined by roads and vehicles. Autonomous technology will not only change the way we travel, it has the potential to change the face of real estate as we know it. [Continue Reading]

Cyber security: the human element

March 2016. By Herbert Smith Freehills, Andrew Moir, Christine Young, and Fiona Austin

Naive or disgruntled employees frequently pose the greatest risk to cyber security and, more widely, protection of confidential information. [Continue Reading]

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