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The Takeover Panel has published a revised version of Practice Statement 31 dealing with the application of various rules in the context of a private sale process (PSP) run by a target company or major shareholder (as well as in the context of a formal sale process or strategic review, as were previously covered). The Panel has recognized that there are circumstances where a target company is reluctant to pursue a formal sale process and that where it instead pursues a PSP, some of the dispensations applicable to a formal sales process should apply in a similar way. The amended practice statement is available on the Panel’s website and has immediate effect.

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered wholesale licensee Lanterne Fund Services Pty Ltd (“Lanterne”) to pay a AUD 1.25 million penalty for failing to meet its obligations as an AFS licensee. This case is one of the first to litigate AFS obligations in the context of “license for hire” businesses. It provides some useful guidance to AFS licensees to work out what is a sustainable scale for authorizing Representatives for the business.

For the second week of our Annual Compliance Conference, we discussed key trade compliance issues impacting our clients globally. Specifically, we discussed the trade policy response of the US, EU and U.K. to ever increasing geopolitical disruption, global strategies for handling sanctions regulators and enforcement, and key global sanctions and export controls developments.

The latest edition of our Field Guide to Going Global helps you examine foreign law issues for taking business models, products and technology international. Our guidance should be helpful whether you are working for a start-up company or a large multinational enterprise that is broaching new frontiers.

The European Commission launched the European (EU) Green Deal in 2019. The EU Green Deal is a package of policy initiatives, one of which is a commitment to tackle false environmental claims by requiring that consumers receive reliable, comparable, and verifiable information to enable them to make more sustainable decisions and reduce the risk of greenwashing.

The Colombian Tax Office (“DIAN”) and the Superintendence of Companies have entered into an inter-administrative agreement for the exchange of information related to the Ultimate Beneficial Owner Registry, to strengthen the inspection and control functions of these entities and their investigative powers.

In a major shakeup to businesses’ obligations relating to human rights, environmental standards and climate change, the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D) is set to become law. In this article, we focus on the climate-related obligations enshrined in the CS3D: the obligation imposed on companies to adopt and put into effect climate transition plans.

This week we kicked off our Annual Compliance Conference with key antitrust compliance topics that are impacting businesses today. Specifically, we discussed antitrust risk and enforcement in relation to vertical agreements, and how to manage compliance risk in the context of transactions.

Our popular Annual Compliance Conference, which attracts over 4,000 in-house senior legal and compliance professionals every year from across the world, will be taking place from 30 April – 6 June. We will be delivering our cutting-edge insights and guidance virtually on key global compliance, investigations and ethics trends.