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Hungary: Employers unlawfully requesting criminal records from employees face fines

As a result of the General Data Protection Regulation, it has become more difficult for companies to request criminal records from their prospective and current employees. Those companies who break the rules can expect significant fines under the GDPR.

Baker McKenzie Seminars: Impact of recent US and EU sanctions on international trade

Baker McKenzie is pleased to invite you to interactive seminars in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in October 2018 to discuss the implications of recent US and EU sanctions on international trade.

Portugal: Legal Regime on the Beneficial Ownership Central Register – Implementation Ministerial Order

In Portugal, the Ministerial Order 233/2018, which regulates the Legal Regime on the Beneficial Ownership Central Register, was issued.

UK: Court of Appeal moves to protect Legal Professional Privilege

The Court of Appeal has handed down its much-anticipated judgment in the case of The Director of the Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 2006, overturning the most controversial aspect of the first instance decision.

Russia: Important amendments to the procedure for prosecuting companies for bribery

Companies in Russia may avoid liability in domestic bribery cases if they assist in identifying the offence (e.g. by disclosing information), assist in investigation of the bribe, or if the bribe has been extorted,

German data protection authorities establish new rules for whistleblowing hotlines: Call for action

In light of the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation, the German data protection authorities have changed their position on how employees submit whistleblowing reports anonymously. The German data protection authorities have issued guidelines in this regard.

EU: 5th EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive published

The EU Commission proposed the revised AMLD in July 2016 as part of its Action Plan against terrorism announced in February 2016, after the attacks in Paris and Brussels, and as a reaction to the Panama Papers published in April 2016.

Lisa Osofsky announced as new Director of the SFO

Lisa Osofsky will be the new Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), taking over from David Green CB QC. Mark Thompson (the SFO's current Chief Operating Officer) is filling the role on an interim basis before Ms Osofsky takes up the position full time on 3 September 2018.

Update – Key UK Court decision on the meaning of “defect” in the Product...

The UK High Court adjudicated on the matter of "defective" hip implants. In doing so the High Court took a strict, and arguably more manufacturer friendly, approach.

US Iran Sanctions and EU Blocking Regulation

The European Commission has started the process by which it would add US sanctions measures on Iran to the so-called Blocking Regulation.

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