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Malaysia: Extra Territorial Effect of New Corporate Liability for Corruption Offences

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The new corporate liability provision under Section 17A of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 ("Section 17A") has come into force on 1 June 2020. As highlighted in our earlier client alert (see Link), a company may be held criminally liable under this new provision for acts of bribery committed by its directors, employees or other associated persons.  The only defence available is for the company to prove that it has put in place adequate procedures designed to prevent these corrupt acts.This new corporate liability provision applies not only to Malaysian companies, but also to foreign companies with businesses in Malaysia.

United Arab Emirates: Dr. Habib Al Mulla writes to CNN on maritime fraud –...

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The horrific explosion that recently took place at the port of the city of  Beirut is a tragedy for its people. The possible casues of the explosion has brought to mind the cases of maritime fraud that many observers overlook. In recent years, the shipping and maritime trade industry has witnessed a sharp increase not only in the number of fraud cases but also in the diversity and sophistication of fraud. Fraudsters are becoming more creative in laying out and executing their plans, including using modern technology such as computer hacking while also preserving some tried and tested traditional methods, such as document fraud. Ship owners are also finding themselves under pressure to earn new business and, to that end, many of them ignore exercising due diligence when dealing with new business partners. While ports are adopting new technologies this too has the potential to enable new certain types of fraud (such as automating container operations).

United Kingdom: Reopening for Business Essential Checklists for UK In-House Counsel

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Businesses have to be adaptable when navigating the business and legal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Resilience, Recovery & Renewal model supports organizations...

Doing Business in China 2020

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 The Doing Business in China guide provides an introduction to selected aspects relating to investment and business operations in the People’s Republic of China...

Latin America: Donations to Public Administration in Latin America

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In view of the health crisis in Latin America following to the outbreak of COVID-19, as well as the economic and social impacts of...

United States: This Week in Government Enforcement

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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.

Singapore: High Court sets out new sentencing framework for public sector corruption involving agents

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In a recent appeal before the Honourable Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon involving two individuals who had participated in public sector corruption (Public Prosecutor v Wong Chee Meng and another appeal [2020] SGHC 144), the High Court set out a new sentencing framework for corrupt transactions which take place in relation to contracts with the Government or public bodies under s 6 read with s 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Cap 241) (the PCA).

United States: This Week in Government Enforcement

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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.

Global: COVID-19: Government Intervention Schemes Guide

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Countries around the globe are facing unprecedented and rapid change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government Intervention Schemes Guide provides a summary of...

Global: Webinar: Restructuring Food-System Supply Chains in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented global crisis, including notable disruptions of international trade and supply chains, which have presented new challenges and...
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