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Hanjin in rehabilitation:
what next?

The insolvency of Hanjin Shipping (Hanjin), the world's seventh largest container line,
is likely to have a significant impact throughout the maritime sector. In this briefing we provide an overview of some of the potential consequences of Hanjin's insolvency and which parties will be most affected by this development.

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Commencement of drilling = spudding? Industry terms in oil and gas contracts – another victory for clear language

A recent decision in the English Commercial Court has upheld the natural meaning of industry terminology in a commercial oil and gas contract.

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Supreme Court defines the ambit of the fraudulent claims rule

At the claims stage of an insurance contract there are three ways in which an assured can try to take advantage of his insurer.
The law in relation to 3 [Lie in the presentation of an otherwise legitimate claim] was the issue before the Supreme Court in THE DC MERWESTONE.

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Brexit, the EU, and foreign and digital currencies

With the outcome of the recent national referendum still reverberating both within
and outside the UK, and with speculation
rife as to the nature of the UK’s immediate and long-term political and commercial futures, it would be easy to overlook that equally dramatic events may also erupt in countries on the European mainland.

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Holidays in France – always strict liability?

In accordance with the High Court’s decision in Committeri v Club Mediterranee SA, it is in the interest of any companies that provide package holidays to France to ensure that the contracts between them and the buyers of the holidays are governed by English law.

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New SIAC rules 2016:
key changes apply from
1 August 2016

This year, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) celebrated its 25th anniversary and the SIAC congress held in May 2016, which HFW attended as a gold sponsor, was a testament to SIAC’s achievements during its 25 years.

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Review current content on Brexit and sector specific issues on our dedicated Brexit page

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Financing the future

HFW is delighted to be partnering with
GTR (Global Trade Review) to launch an industry-wide trade finance survey "Financing the future: looking ahead in commodity trade finance".

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Global Partnerships Report 2016

HFW has worked with research group ExplaintheMarket to identify the three most important trends in a global economy. The research highlights three economic trends where political will, investor confidence and opportunities for new partnerships all converge.

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Indonesia: what’s new? The Indonesia 2016 Negative List

Further to the announcement of a series of Economic Stimulus Packages, the Indonesian Government has finally enacted the new foreign investment negative list (2016 Negative List), setting out business activities that are either entirely closed, open and conditionally open to foreign investment.

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Australia adopts SOLAS amendments on “verified gross mass” (VGM) of containers

From 1 July 2016 it will be mandatory worldwide under the amended International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) for shippers to provide a VGM for containers.

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North Korea sanctions update

Amid continuing frustration at the activities of North Korea, including allegations of a link between North Korea and cyber attacks against banks in Bangladesh and elsewhere which resulted in the theft of more than $80 million, the EU and US have now imposed still further sanctions against North Korea.

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