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New obligation for Spanish companies to disclose their ultimate beneficial owners

The Spanish Ministry of Justice issued Ministerial Order 319/2018 which requires Spanish non-listed companies to disclose their ultimate beneficial owners to the Companies Registry and keep said information updated.

Malaysia Introduces “Corporate Liability” Bill

The Malaysian Government has proposed a bill that will make corporations liable for the corrupt practices of its associated persons.

Spanish Supreme Court admits employee e-mails obtained in the course of an internal investigation...

A judicial decision has confirmed the admissibility as evidence, to justify a dismissal, of the emails of the dismissed employee obtained in the course of an internal investigation.

End of US Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program

The US Internal Revenue Service announced that it will end the 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program on September 28, 2018.

Trump on Trade: What New US Steel and Aluminum Duties Mean For Businesses

On 8 March, President Trump signed two proclamations – one on steel imports and one on aluminum imports. As expected, the president is imposing, as from 23 March 2018, an additional 25% duty on steel, and an additional 10% duty on aluminum, imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico.

UK Product Recall Code of Practice Launched

7 March 2018 saw the long-awaited public launch of the UK Government’s new Code of practice on consumer product safety related recalls and other corrective actions.

Argentina: New Law on Corporate Criminal Liability approved

Since 2 March 2018, corporate criminal liability law (Law 27,401) is in force. Legal entities will be subject to sanctions in these offenses against the Public Administration and/or corruption: (i) national and transnational bribery and influence peddling; (ii) improper and unlawful transactions of public officials; (iii) illegal exaction committed by a public official; (iv) illicit enrichment of public officials and employees; and (v) forgery of balance sheets and reports to conceal a corruption offense.

UK: Privilege in Internal Investigations

Our Compliance & Investigations team identified six aspects of any investigation that you will need to consider carefully in light of the recent Bilta judgment

South Africa: Catch me if you can

“You can’t fire me, I resign!” sounds like something one of Harvey Spectre’s clients might say. But if your employment relationship is not in Hollywood, but South Africa, what would the legal position be in respect of resignation to avoid dismissal?

DPAs Coming to Canada

The Canadian government has announced the results of its public consultation on corporate criminal wrongdoing and enforcement and a majority of participants in the consultation process favoured the implementation of a deferred prosecution agreements.

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