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Australia: Whistleblowing and Foreign Bribery Bills introduced into Senate

Whistleblowing and Foreign Bribery Bills introduced into Senate confirm Australian Government's intention to increase corporate compliance requirements. In light of this event, companies should take the appropriate measures.

Brazil: New mandatory compliance programs between companies and Rio de Janeiro State

New legislation has been published according to which companies entering into contracts with the public administration of the state of Rio de Janeiro, directly or indirectly, will be mandated to implement an Integrity Program (or "compliance program").

Amendment to China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law increases risk of commercial bribery and imposes tougher...

On 4 November 2017, the PRC Anti-Unfair Competition Law was amended providing more clarity on the scope of what constitutes commercial bribery. This post provides an insight on the key features of the new commercial bribery rules.

Mexico: Pemex Publishes its Code of Ethics and its New Code of Conduct

On August 28, 2017, Petróleos Mexicanos published its new Code of Conduct. The Code outlines the corporate ethics principles and guidelines mandatory for all employees, subsidiaries and affiliates.

Canada moves quickly on corruption and human rights sanctions

The Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act has entered into force. The Act gives Canada the ability to impose unilateral sanctions against “foreign nationals” who are involved in corruption or gross violations of human rights.

2nd EU Study on Corruption in the Healthcare Sector released: What you should do...

On October 7, 2017, the EU Commission published its updated study on corruption in the EU healthcare sector. Companies in the healthcare industry should rethink their policies and procedures based on the results of this Europe-wide study.

Argentina: New Law on Corporate Criminal Liability

The new Law on Corporate Criminal Liability for corruption offences is approved and now companies should take the appropriate measures in order to prevent and detect possible corruption crimes committed in their workplace.

Vietnam: 2015 Penal Code to Take Effect on 1 January 2018

The National Assembly amended the 2015 Penal Code and introduced corporate criminal liability for certain violations and commercial bribery.

Global GCN Survey: Commercial bribery prohibitions and enforcement

Our survey analyzed where commercial bribery is a criminal offense, who may be prosecuted and how active the local authorities are.

Canada Bans Facilitation Payments Under Foreign Anti-Corruption Law

Canada has formally repealed its exception for “facilitation payments” under its foreign anti-corruption legislation. These types of payments may now lead to criminal prosecution in Canada.

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