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We invite you to join us as members of our Latin American Dispute Resolution practice take a closer look at the new political scenarios unfolding in several countries, and at the future of investment disputes in the region. Our team will share insights on the possibility of corporate restructuring under existing legislation, and strategies for litigation preparation to help your organization be ready for the times ahead.

On 6 May 2022, the OECD released a public consultation document with respect to the Regulated Financial Services Exclusion for Amount A. This latest consultation document follows four other publications on aspects of Amount A since February relating to nexus and revenue sourcing, tax base determinations, scope, and the extractives exclusion. As with earlier draft model rules, this publication is a work-in-progress and subject to changes. The OECD welcomes comments from the public before 20 May 2022, following which a more detailed commentary on a number of technical items is expected to be released.

The federal election is slated for 21 May 2022 and it is important to be aware of your obligations when it comes to political donations to ensure you are compliant with any disclosure requirements under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 19189 (Cth) (“Electoral Act”).
Not only do offences under the Electoral Act carry fines but non-compliance with political donations laws can lead to significant reputational risk in an area that frequently makes headlines.
This federal election is also the first since reforms in December 2021 tightened the laws relating to political donations in relation to foreign donors.

Baker McKenzie’s latest Africa Competition Report (“Report”) is a collaborative effort between Baker McKenzie’s Africa-focused Competition team and its Africa Relationship Firms. The Report covers a detailed analysis and overview of recent developments in competition law enforcement and competition policy in 32 African jurisdictions and regional bodies. It considers not only recent developments in competition law enforcement and competition policy in each of the highlighted jurisdictions but also provides an overview of regulatory and legislative dynamics and challenges in selected markets.

On 7 April 2022, the ECJ issued its decision in the case C‑489/20 (UB vs Kauno teritorinė muitinė). UB arranged the unlawful introduction of cigarettes from Belarus to Lithuania. In September 2016, 6000 packages of cigarettes were thrown across the State border to be picked by vehicle on the other side. Lithuanian border officials managed to detain the vehicle carrying the cigarettes that same day.

Does your company not want to default on the implementation of the EU Whistleblowing Directive? Then do not wait any longer to start planning your organization’s whistleblowing regime. We have prepared a multijurisdictional analysis matrix covering five key areas with respect to whistleblowing laws in the form of a questionnaire. The questionnaire covers questions about the directive’s scope and implementation requirements for internal procedures, protection of whistleblowers and data privacy issues.

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.

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.

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.