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Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin is the Managing Principal and co-head of the M&A Practice Group in Singapore. He is recognised as a leading lawyer by legal directories such as Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500. He trained and initially worked in England, followed by several years in Hong Kong and Australia before settling in Singapore in 2002.

With the coming into force of the Corporate Registers (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2022 on 4 October 2022, the Companies Act 1967 and the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2005 have been amended to subject nominee shareholders and their nominators and individuals with “executive control” over the daily or regular corporate affairs to new disclosure obligations. This further aligns Singapore’s regime on transparency and beneficial ownership of Singapore-incorporated companies, foreign companies and limited liability partnerships with the international standards set by the Financial Action Task Force.

The Guide to Compliance, published by Global Investigations Review (GIR), brings together compliance guidance and criminal enforcement trends relating to financial crimes and misconduct. Baker McKenzie partners have contributed two chapters in GIR’s guide.

The chapter on Asia Pacific Compliance Enforcement covers key areas of enforcement priorities, including anti-bribery and anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and other key criminal offenses affecting multinational corporations, and provides an overview of emerging compliance issues and enforcement trends relevant to cross-border business.

The chapter on Compliance Issues in Corporate Transactions covers key compliance areas in due diligence, how to go about an effective assessment of compliance policies and procedures or issues in third-party dealings, and the process of remediating any compliance issues identified during due diligence.

* An extract from the first edition of GIR’s The Guide to Compliance. The whole publication is available at the GIR website.

This report, the third in our Asia Pacific Business Renewal Series, explores how digital transformation (DX) has become a driving force in business decision making, and how it will shape the business landscape over the decade to come. As companies respond to shifting demand patterns and propel their DX agenda, the conversation turns to areas such as managing emerging risks, creating value from new technologies and aligning DX efforts with business renewal.

Read publication  As an integral part of Singapore’s strategy to build a sustainable, resource-efficient and climate-resilient nation, the Resource Sustainability Act 2019 (No. 29 of 2019) (RSA) sets out regulatory measures targeting the following three waste streams which generally have high generation and low recycling rates: Electrical and electronic waste…

Setting up of a Central Non Public Register of Controllers Introduction of Register of Nominee Shareholders for companies At two recent Update Sessions organised by the Chartered Secretaries Institute of Singapore, the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) announced several new initiatives, 2 of which being: implementation of a central,…

Baker McKenzie has released its latest report, Taking Center Stage: The Rise and Rise of M&A Compliance Due Diligence. Based on a survey of more than 300 corporate leaders and legal advisers who handle transactions, along with insight from Baker McKenzie compliance, antitrust and corporate partners, the report assesses the challenges and…