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Yaeko Hodaka has over 25 years of legal experience in the areas of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and reorganization, internal investigation, litigation and dispute resolution. She is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Practice Group, with a focus on the automotive sector and serves as the Regional Chair of Industrial, Manufacturing and Transportation Group in Asia Pacific.

Latest Customs Audit and Enforcement Trends in Europe and the United Kingdom

In this session, our speakers discuss the legal framework and practical issues related to customs audits in Europe and the United Kingdom, areas of importance for EU and UK customs authorities during audits, and how to effectively prepare for and navigate customs audits. They also share key EU and UK customs enforcement updates and priorities, to include the latest developments relating to forced labor laws.

In this recorded session from the Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation Webinar Series, our speaker discusses the legal framework and practical issues related to customs audits in the United States, areas of importance for US customs authorities during audits, and how to effectively prepare for and navigate customs audits. We also share key US customs enforcement updates and priorities, to include the latest developments relating to forced labor laws.

On 18 August 2022, a webinar entitled Managing Customs Disputes in the Philippines took place as part of the Asia Pacific IMT webinar series. The collection targets of both the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs have increased to recover the lost government revenue caused by the pandemic. This has resulted in a rise in the imposition of penalties on importers for non-compliance. The webinar provides a brief discussion of the common issues raised during border disputes and post clearance audits, and the remedies available to the importers.

In recent years, a considerable number of examples of successfully monetized smart city businesses have emerged, particularly in Europe and the US. In Japan, however, very few examples of monetized, sustainable smart city businesses exist. The failure to find a business model that can be monetized would be a major problem for both companies and local governments.
In order to help tackle this issue, Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) lawyers Yaeko Hodaka and Keisuke Misuda, together with the World Economic Forum (WEF), prepared a video titled “Smart City Business Models: Factors Hindering Sustainable Commercialization and How They Can Be Overcome.”

As global and regional integration increases, multinational companies ought to navigate numerous custom-related complexities and challenges imposed by relevant authorities in any jurisdiction. This webinar series provide an in-depth coverage of legal frameworks, practical issues and key trends and developments surrounding customs audits in select Asia Pacific jurisdictions.

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.