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You can find current episodes (and subscription links) here. A brief description of each episode follows below and we hope you enjoy them: Episode 33: European Electronic Communications Code and the TMT Sector The European Commission opened infringement procedures against 24 member states on 4 February 2020, for failure to transpose the European…

The new Bidding Bill of Law provides for integrity programs as well as greater control and transparency in public tenders.

The Brazilian Bidding Law (Law 8,666/93) and other laws related to public procurement (Law 10,520/2002 and articles 1 to 47 of Law 12,462/2011) are about to be replaced by Bill of Law No. 4,253/2020, which was recently approved by the Federal Senate and is pending presidential sanction.

The new legislation, which is 27 years in the making, provides relevant updates from a compliance perspective, such as: (i) the reinforcement of internal and external controls for public procurement; (ii) the strengthening of the relevance of a compliance program for companies willing to do business with the government; and (iii) increased sanctions for irregularities in public procurement.

Effective from 1 January 2021, the Shanghai Anti-Unfair Competition Regulations (“Regulations”) require all business operators in Shanghai to strengthen their internal controls and compliance management. 

Our alert discusses the implications of this significant development, which is the first time that the concept of a compliance program has been introduced into Chinese laws and regulations. 

Please join us for a new weekly video series, hosted by Baker McKenzie’s North America Government Enforcement partners Tom Firestone and Jerome Tomas.

This weekly briefing is available on demand and will cover hot topics and current enforcement actions related to white collar crime and criminal investigations in the US and abroad to arm you with the information you need to start your business week.

As one of the largest global law firms, we will call upon our exceptionally deep and broad bench of white collar experts throughout the world and particularly in the commercial hubs of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America to join our weekly discussion series.

On 6 October and 19 December 2020, Kazakhstan’s President signed Law No. 365-VI ZRK1 and Law No. 384-VI ZRK2 (“Amendments”), respectively, which introduced certain changes to the country’s anti-corruption legislation, including the Anti-Corruption Law,3 Criminal Code4 and Civil Code.5 Law No. 365-VI ZRK became effective on 18 October 2020, and Law No. 384-VI ZRK came into effect on 31 December 2020.

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published a number of developments to its open-ended fund companies (OFC) regime in the last few weeks of 2020. On 23 December 2020, the SFC released both its conclusions (“Conclusions”) on the customer due diligence (CDD) requirements for OFC consultations and updated frequently asked questions (FAQ) relating to OFCs to clarify custodial requirements.

The Conclusions represent the culmination of the SFC’s further consultation on the CDD requirements to be imposed on OFCs, as released in September 2020 in its consultation conclusions related to further enhancements to the OFC regime (“September Conclusions”).1 The new CDD requirements will come into effect after a six-month transition period following the completion of the legislative process to amend the Securities and Futures Ordinance (SFO). The September Conclusions contained, amongst other things, liberalisation of the types of entities that can act as custodian and the updated FAQ provide clarification of the requirements for an OFC’s custodial arrangements. We discuss the Conclusions and updated FAQ in more depth in this Alert.

READ REPORT IN ENGLISH READ REPORT IN SPANISH READ REPORT IN MANDARIN The Year Ahead – our publication looking at key developments in global litigation and arbitration for 2021 – is now available in English, Spanish and Mandarin. COVID-19 and its effects have triggered many disputes, with litigation volumes in…