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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.

European Commission proposes Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications

The European Commission has proposed a new Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications that is intended to supplement the General Data Protection Regulation.

China Climbs Four Places in Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perception Index

Transparency International has launched its latest 2016 Corruption Perception Index. China’s ranking continues to improve, moving up by four places from last year’s rank of 83 to a rank this year of 79. Find out more about the other highlights.

The new global anti-bribery standard – how will your company measure up?

After several years of development, involving input from over 50 countries, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has finally published ISO 37001: Anti-Bribery Management Systems Standard - a new international standard designed to assist organisations worldwide in implementing and maintaining effective anti-bribery systems.

Open for Business: The U.S. Department of Commerce Begins Acceptance of Certifications to the...

As of August 1, 2016, U.S. companies can now self-certify compliance to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield to the U.S. Department of Commerce

ECJ: when can a third party can get you on the hook for a...

In VM Remonts, the EU Court of Justice ruled for the first time on whether a company can be liable for competition law infringements that resulted from the actions of a third party service provider that was not an agent of the company and was taking initiatives that clearly exceeded the tasks assigned to it.

Dutch Supreme Court questions compatibility of fiscal unity regime with EU Law

The Dutch Supreme Court referred questions for a preliminary ruling to the European Court of Justice, asking whether certain elements of the Dutch fiscal unity regime should also be available to Dutch resident companies with a 95% or more EU resident parent, subsidiary or sister company which can not be part of a Dutch fiscal unity due to the geographical restrictions of the fiscal unity regime.

European Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive: Agreement Reached

On 21 June 2016, the European Council unanimously agreed on a package of anti-tax avoidance measures.

EU political agreement on framework to stop financing armed groups through trade in conflict...

EU institutions agreed on a framework for an EU Regulation designed to ensure that minerals entering the EU have been sourced responsibly and without funding conflict and human rights abuses.

EU General Data Protection (GDPR) Game Plan Series – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of the Baker & McKenzie GDPR Game Plan Series! On 25 May 2016, the GDPR finally entered into force. It will start to apply as of 25 May 2018 giving organisations two years to come into compliance.

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