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On 25 April 2022, the Malaysia Competition Commission launched an online public consultation on proposed amendments to the Malaysian Competition Act 2010. Key amendments include (i) introduction of a merger control regime; and (ii) amendments to increase MyCC’s investigation and enforcement powers and enhance its procedures.

The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications have recently approached certain foreign companies (in particular tech companies) and issued notices requiring that the company make a registration in Japan under the Companies Act.
In this article, we comment on this issue and provide our perspectives on the Japanese Companies Act, tax and other related laws and regulations such as the Telecommunications Business Act.

Our Future of Disputes UK Virtual Programme brings speakers from leading in-house institutions – including AON, Gilead, GPW Group, HSBC, JP Morgan, Rio Tinto, Salesforce and Siemens – together with Baker McKenzie dispute resolution specialists to discuss key challenges in litigation, arbitration and investigations likely to arise over the next year. The upcoming webinars will take place on Wednesday 18 May and Thursday 19 May.

On 13 April 2022, an agreement issued by Technical Council of the Mexican Social Security Institute was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation. Through the agreement, the Council approved the General Guidelines for compliance with the obligation established in the third paragraph of Article 15 A of the Social Security Law. The Guidelines regulate the presentation of information regarding providers of Specialized Services through the Information Platform for Specialized Services or Works Contracts.

On 23 February 2022, the European Commission gave the green light to the proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence and amending Directive (EU) 2019/1937. The Proposal aims to promote sustainable business behavior with regard to supply chains, in particular activities affecting human rights and the environment. To this end, the Proposal introduces a legal obligation to conduct due diligence in the field of human rights and the environment.

We have created this guide to give an overview of the key issues around secondary capital raising across almost 30 jurisdictions. As one of the world’s largest capital markets practices, with a presence across 77 offices in 46 countries, we can help clients to better understand their options and navigate the challenges that come with raising capital during uncertain times, no matter where in the world they are.

The Indonesian Competition Commission (Indonesian acronym “KPPU”) has issued a regulation revoking the policy that extended the deadline for merger filings to 60 working days since closing, from 30 working days. The original deadline will be applicable effective 1 May 2022. Since November 2020, the authority has been implementing relaxation policies for competition matters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the extended deadline for merger filings.

In this panel discussion with Tiffany McConnell King (Corporate Director and Division Counsel, Global Sustainment and Modernization, Northrop Grumman Corporation) and Kirk Foster (Assistant General Counsel and Director of Compliance and Privacy, HII Mission Technologies), Marilyn Batonga (Partner, Baker, McKenzie) and Maurice Bellan (Partner, Baker McKenzie), we uncover the latest trends and analyze enforcement actions related to international government procurement, focusing on risks based on conduct abroad as well as False Claims Act risks.

The Compliance Podcast series, conducted by Jesús Dávila in Venezuela, aims to shed light on the implications of what anti-corruption policies represent for companies in Venezuela. In the second season we will be inviting as guests various personalities from different areas (legal, journalistic, marketing, among others) that will allow us to analyze and understand the culture of compliance, under different angles and perspectives.

The SEC’s recently released (and long-awaited) proposed rule changes that will require disclosure of climate-related risks are likely to have significant supply chain implications. The Proposed Rule would require listed companies to disclose information on climate-related risks and Greenhouse gas emissions; both of these disclosure categories include data related to corporate supply chains, and thus the Proposed Rule would essentially require public companies to obtain and analyze climate risks and climate impact data related to its upstream and downstream suppliers.