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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.

On 22 May 2024, the Swedish Parliament is expected to vote on a proposal to remove the requirement to retain original hard copy accounting materials. The bill, published on 29 February 2024, proposes that hard copy accounting materials, which have been duly saved digitally, no longer have to be kept in hard copy. The amendments are proposed to enter into effect on 1 July 2024.

On 15 December 2023, the Federal Council adopted a draft Investment Screening Act (the “D-ISA”). To date, Switzerland has no overarching regulation for the review of foreign investments as prevalent in other countries. The D-ISA intends to introduce sector-specific investment control in Switzerland to prevent takeovers of Swiss companies operating in critical sectors by foreign state-controlled investors (public or private investors that are directly or indirectly controlled by a state) if these takeovers endanger or threaten public order or security in Switzerland.