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Singapore: Landmark decision on Breach of Confidentiality

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In a recent Singapore Court of Appeal (“CA”) decision in I-Admin (Singapore) Pte Ltd v Hong Ying Ting and others [2020] SGCA 32 (“I-Admin”), the CA laid out a modified approach for claims relating to breach of confidence, departing from the long standing approach in Singapore, to better take into account the risks suffered by owners of losing confidential information in today’s increasingly digitized society.

United Kingdom: FCA and PRA publish consultations on the implementation of CRD V

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The Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") and Prudential Regulation Authority ("PRA") have recently published consultations relating to the implementation of the Capital Requirements Directive V ("CRD V") in the United Kingdom. The consultations also address how the United Kingdom's ("UK's") financial services remuneration rules will work effectively at the end of the transition period following the UK's exit from the European Union ("EU") on 31 December 2020. 

Germany: COVID-19 – SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Safety and Health – Regulation Requirements for occupational health...

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The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) has already published general regulations for infection protection in April 2020 as part of the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Safety and Health Standard. Following some criticism, the working committees of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs have now specified the requirements for occupational health and safety and, together with the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), published the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation on August 10, 2020.

Latin America: COVID-19 – The Reopening Playbook

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The regional Employment & Compensation team is pleased to present the Latin America COVID-19 Quick Guide for Employers in preparation for the reopening of business in our region.

Myanmar: COVID-19 Updates – New Stay-at-Home Orders and Mandatory Quarantine for Nay Pyi Taw

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Following a significant increase in COVID-19 transmissions in recent weeks, the relevant Myanmar authorities have promptly issued additional notifications on top of existing directives to address the developing COVID-19 situation in Myanmar, notably on:  Stay-at-home Orders affecting 7 Townships in Yangon; and Mandatory Quarantine and Testing for visitors/residents travelling to Nay Pyi Taw.

Brazil: General Data Protection Law is effective as of 27 August 2020

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The Brazilian General Data Protection Law (Law # 13,709/18 – LGPD) will be effective as of August 27, 2020*. Today, August 26, the Brazilian Senate rejected the House of Representative’s proposal to extend the LGPD’s effective date to December 31, 2020. The House of Representative’s proposal was included in the Bill of Law that resulted from Provisional Measure # 959/2020 issued by the Brazilian President in April 2020, which originally extended the LGPD’s effective date to May 3, 2021.

Colombia: Police plans to procure cyber intelligence system to monitor social media and instant...

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On 10 July 2020, the Colombia National Police Intelligence Directorate (DIPOL) initiated a public bidding process for the procurement of an AI based cyber-intelligence system for DIPOL. Such system would provide the police with access to social media accounts and instant messaging services.

EMEA: COVID-19 Life Sciences Survey (Updated)

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As COVID-19 rapidly spreads to every corner of the globe and is officially declared a pandemic, governments across the world are adopting emergency measures to fight against this extraordinary situation. Ultimately, all these measures are aimed at protecting the health and wellbeing of citizens. However, on the healthcare and life sciences front in particular, such measures range from intervention powers to guarantee adequate supplies of treatment and medical equipment, to the relaxation of deadlines and regulatory requirements to simplify administrative procedures wherever possible, so that competent authorities, manufacturers and other actors can focus on urgent priorities related to the COVID-19 crisis.

United States: This Week in Government Enforcement

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Please join us for a new weekly video series, hosted by Baker McKenzie's North America Government Enforcement partners Tom Firestone and Jerome Tomas.This weekly briefing is available on demand and will cover hot topics and current enforcement actions related to white collar crime and criminal investigations in the US and abroad to arm you with the information you need to start your business week.As one of the largest global law firms, we will call upon our exceptionally deep and broad bench of white collar experts throughout the world and particularly in the commercial hubs of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America to join our weekly discussion series.

Malaysia: Extra Territorial Effect of New Corporate Liability for Corruption Offences

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The new corporate liability provision under Section 17A of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 ("Section 17A") has come into force on 1 June 2020. As highlighted in our earlier client alert (see Link), a company may be held criminally liable under this new provision for acts of bribery committed by its directors, employees or other associated persons.  The only defence available is for the company to prove that it has put in place adequate procedures designed to prevent these corrupt acts.This new corporate liability provision applies not only to Malaysian companies, but also to foreign companies with businesses in Malaysia.
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