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Annual Compliance Conference

Our popular Annual Compliance Conference, which attracts over 6,000 in-house senior legal and compliance professionals from across the world, will be held across five weeks from 6 September – 6 October 2022. We will be virtually delivering our cutting-edge insights and guidance on key global compliance, investigations and ethics issues. Our global experts will provide practical insights and analysis on significant developments across:
– anti-bribery
– corruption and economic crime
– customs and FTAs
– ESG, supply chain and product compliance
– antitrust and competition
– export controls, sanctions and foreign investment

Click https://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/insight/events/2022/10/annual-compliance-conference to register your interest in joining us virtually at this must attend global compliance conference for senior in-house legal and compliance professionals.

Baker McKenzie attorneys Paul Melling, Roman Butenko and Oleg Tkachenko contributed two articles to GIR – Europe, Middle East and Africa Investigations Review 2022 Digital Edition. The first article provides an overview of recent corporate anti-bribery enforcement trends and, taking into account those trends, tries to sum up the most important lessons to be learned by companies that strive to build compliant businesses in Russia. The second article is dedicated to key issues on compliance programs and their enforcement in Russia. The article provides an overview of recent anti-bribery and legislative corruption measures and the guidance provided to the Russian business community with regard to those measures and their enforcement.

On 2 May 2022, the National Assembly published the Partial Reform Law with the Rank, Value and Force of Law Against Corruption (“Reform”).
The Reform introduced, among others: (i) a broader definition of “Public Patrimony”; (ii) the obligation for electronic filing of the Sworn Statement of Net Worth through the creation of an automated system under the direction of the Office of the General Comptroller of the Republic; (iii) the annual update of the Affidavit; (iv) an increase in the sanctions by changing the Tax Unit for the official exchange rate of the currency of the highest value published by the Central Bank of Venezuela at the time of the payment; and (v) the unpaid suspension term for public officers.

The federal election is slated for 21 May 2022 and it is important to be aware of your obligations when it comes to political donations to ensure you are compliant with any disclosure requirements under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 19189 (Cth) (“Electoral Act”).
Not only do offences under the Electoral Act carry fines but non-compliance with political donations laws can lead to significant reputational risk in an area that frequently makes headlines.
This federal election is also the first since reforms in December 2021 tightened the laws relating to political donations in relation to foreign donors.

On 25 April 2022, the Anti-Corruption Office approved the System for Monitoring Private and Public Activities Before and After the Exercise of Public Function, with the purpose of collating and verifying compliance with public ethics regulations of individuals who enter and leave high-ranking public positions in the National Executive Branch.

The Guide to Doing Business in China provides an introduction to selected aspects relating to investment and business operations in the People’s Republic of China under current Chinese laws and policy during the COVID pandemic, including a summary of important areas of concern to all investors in China: mergers and acquisitions, data privacy issues, antitrust and competition issues, taxation, employment, intellectual property protection, trade and import and export rules, financial services, as well as anti-bribery compliance and dispute resolution issues.

Baker McKenzie’s Sanctions Blog published the alert titled Australian Government makes first designated party listings under Magnitsky-style thematic sanctions regime on 30 March 2022. Read the article via the link here. Please also visit our Sanctions Blog for the most recent updates.