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The Government closed the Tier 1 Investor visa route to all new applicants with immediate effect on Thursday 17 February. The reason for this is stated to be as a result of security concerns with a number of cases being linked to corruption and illegitimately acquired wealth. The Innovator route is to be restructured in order to provide an investment route which effectively supports the UK’s economy.

Baker McKenzie is pleased to launch the fourth in our Biden Supply Chain Policy video series focused on the critical minerals and strategic materials supply chain, which is another of the critical supply chains that has been a particular focus of the Biden Administration. This supply chain includes lithium, cobalt and other rare earths and minerals that are the building blocks of products used every day. The Biden Administration has been pursuing policies aimed at diversifying this supply chain, such as through on-shoring or near-shoring refining capacity.

The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited has amended its Listing Rules, including the Corporate Governance Code, to enhance the corporate governance framework and promote good governance among issuers. The amendments follow a consultation period and the conclusions drawn in the published Consultation Conclusions.

On 18 January 2022, the Colombian Government enacted Law 2195 of 2022, which adopts measures for transparency and corruption prevention. These measures entail significant changes in relation to competition protection such as modifications to the fines applicable to individuals and companies and to the leniency program.

Baker McKenzie are now inviting you to join sessions on specific developments and areas of risk that are on the minds of risk managers and require forethought today. The Series is designed for legal and compliance as well as interested business leaders who want to invest 50 minutes every month to these topics and come away with ideas and practical guidance.

As of 1 January 2022, Germany has set up a mandatory public lobbying register. Its broad scope covers – similar to the EU transparency register – every entity which regularly communicates with the German federal executive or legislative to represent and further its interests. As a result, every company with a public affairs department may fall under its scope. Such companies will need to complete their initial registration by 28 February 2022.