The UK High Court ruled in favour of the Serious Fraud Office, finding that certain categories of documents produced by Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Ltd during an internal investigation were not covered by litigation privilege.
On 25 April 2017, the Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie held a webinar on implementing efficient compliance programs in Ukraine for multinational companies and featured an update on Ukrainian sanctions and trade restrictions, including trade restrictions introduced in relation to Russia and the Crimea, as well as an update on Occupied Territories in the East of Ukraine.
Germany is one step closer to new data protection rules as the German Parliament and the Federal Council have both approved the draft of a new Federal Data Protection Act (Bundestag printing matter 18/11325). The purpose of the draft is to align German data protection law to the European General Data Protection Regulation which will be applicable as of May 25, 2018.
In the wake of EU's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Swiss government has recently issued a preliminary draft of a new Data Protection Act (Draft-DPA) that aims to modernize Swiss data protection law.
The Municipal court in Prague ruled that criminal proceedings against a company will be terminated because the company "has used all efforts to prevent the commitment of the crime" by one of its managing employees and therefore fulfilled the conditions for its exculpation.
The Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection confirmed that it has launched a pilot programme intended to acquire information from so-called whistleblowers.
On 11 April 2017, the Council extended EU sanctions against Iran, which will now be in place until 13 April 2018.
On 2 March 2017 the National Agency on Corruption Prevention approved the Typical Anti-Corruption Programme for Legal Entities. Certain legal entities must adopt an Anti-Corruption Programme in line with the Typical Programme.
Since 2014, Ukraine has significantly enhanced its anti-corruption and trade sanctions legislation and enforcement practices to align with US and EU standards. Now companies face the risk of criminal liability for corruption-related actions of their employees and full suspension of all operations in Ukraine for violating trade sanctions and restrictions, including trade restrictions introduced in relation to Russia and the Crimea.
HMRC is on a mission to eradicate offshore tax evasion and revolutionise international tax transparency. Already the UK is party to a series of tax information exchange agreements with countries both within and outside the European Union.