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European Union introduces European Public Prosecutor’s Office to fight crimes against the EU

20 EU Member States agreed to implement the European Public Prosecutor's Office, a new European institution for the prosecution and investigation of crimes against the EU budget.

Compliance Benchmark 2017: Quantifying the Fundamentals

We have summarized the results of the compliance studies of the past 12 months and summarized the results in this post. Find out how you measure up against the benchmark.

Germany passes new Federal Data Protection Act

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.

Switzerland to Overhaul its Data Protection Framework

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.

Legal Privilege in Internal Investigations Concerning Anti-Money Laundering Obligations: a Swiss View

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court considered to what extent work products generated by external counsel in the course of anti-money laundering investigations are protected by legal privilege.

UK Criminal Finances Bill – Ten things to consider

The Criminal Finances Bill will hold firms criminally liable where employees facilitate tax evasion by their clients. To protect themselves, firms must implement reasonable prevention procedures to mitigate the risk of facilitating a tax evasion offence.

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy proposes corruption blacklist

On 20 Feburary 2017, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy published draft legislation, aiming at the creation of a Federal Register to protect the competition for public tenders and concessions

Draft bill for new German Anti-Money Laundering Law approved

On 22th February 2017, the German Federal Government Cabinet approved the draft for a revised law on the combat of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.

Final Text of the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

On 24 January 2017, the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade approved the the Conflict Minerals Regulation. This paves the way for the text to be formally adopted by the EU institutions in the coming months.

EU’s highest Court confirms that automated messages can put recipients on the hook for...

Eturas runs the e-commerce back-end of 30 travel agents in Lithuania. An administrator message to each member informed them that the e-commerce functionality allowing each travel agent to grant discounts would be capped at 3 per cent. That message appeared in part of the system relating to information messages. The Court of Justice found that administrator messages could be the basis of illegal cartel type conduct.

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