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Mexico: Pemex Publishes its Code of Ethics and its New Code of Conduct

On August 28, 2017, Petróleos Mexicanos published its new Code of Conduct. The Code outlines the corporate ethics principles and guidelines mandatory for all employees, subsidiaries and affiliates.

Canada moves quickly on corruption and human rights sanctions

The Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act has entered into force. The Act gives Canada the ability to impose unilateral sanctions against “foreign nationals” who are involved in corruption or gross violations of human rights.

Hong Kong’s new apology law and its implications for financial institutions

Under the new Apology Ordinance, the evidence of an apology is not admissible in any judicial, arbitral, administrative, disciplinary and regulatory proceedings for determining fault or liability.

Vietnam: 2015 Penal Code to Take Effect on 1 January 2018

The National Assembly amended the 2015 Penal Code and introduced corporate criminal liability for certain violations and commercial bribery.

UK: Supreme Court resets the criminal law test for dishonesty

The UK Supreme Court unanimously confirmed that the two limb Ghosh test for assessing dishonesty in criminal proceedings should be replaced by a purely objective test. This is a very significant development in criminal law.

Fines for Violations of Environmental Law in Mexico will Likely Increase Substantially

On September 27, 2017, the Mexican Senate passed a bill that amended Mexico's main environmental law. One of the most relevant amendments deals with fines for environmental violations which will increase if the bill passes.

The Swedish government proposes stricter rules on weapon export

The proposal suggests that the destination country’s democratic status shall be of central consideration in a licence application.

Malaysia: Enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010

The Personal Data Protection Department is now actively enforcing the PDPA. Data users should therefore ensure that there is full compliance with all the requirements under the PDPA and its subsidiary legislation.

China’s New Judicial Interpretation Expands and Clarifies Privacy Protection

The PRC Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate have recently issued the Interpretation of Various Issues Concerning Application of Law in Handling Crimes of Infringing upon Citizen's Personal Information.

Healthcare goes digital but regulation hard to disrupt

Regulators around the world are increasingly starting to acknowledge that conventional approaches to regulation may act as an impediment to digital innovation in healthcare and are looking to modernise health regulation.

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