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This alert provides a snapshot on how authorities have adjusted their dawn raid practice and procedures to handle unannounced inspections during lockdowns, and what you need to do to adjust your internal dawn raid procedures to a “hybrid” work environment in which staff split their time between the office and home.

The 2021 edition of Duties and Liabilities of Directors of Australian Companies from Baker McKenzie is a timely guide for directors of Australian companies, setting out pivotal issues for directors to consider in the current evolving corporate governance environment. Matters covered in the guide include common law and statutory duties, delegation, financial reporting, continuous disclosure, financial assistance, directors’ insurance and indemnities and other topical issues including climate change, whistleblower protections and anti-bribery and corruption.

Under the Biden Administration, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to be aggressive in bringing enforcement actions against alleged corporate wrongdoers. In fact, the stage is already set for a broad range of SEC enforcement activities in the corporate arena based on actions the SEC brought in 2020.…

ASIC has released a new immunity policy setting out the process and conditions for whistleblowers to obtain immunity from certain civil penalty or criminal proceedings (Immunity Policy). The Immunity Policy extends the types of protection available to a whistleblower beyond those which became available under the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Act 2019 (Cth) (Whistleblowing Legislation) which came into force in 2019. As a result there is an increased risk that employees may elect to go direct to ASIC rather than raising an issue internally.

In this publication, our lawyers from different practice groups discuss the trends in compliance and investigations of 2020 in Germany. We take a look at the most important developments and court decisions of2020. Discussing these trends will help companies doing business in Germany to grasp the developments in the area of compliance and investigations in the future. After providing a general overview and presenting the highlights of the developments in the last year, each practice group will outline the developments in their respective practice areas in greater depth.