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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.

Philippines: Covid-19 – CAB Rules on Virtual Hearings

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On 13 January 2021, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) released the "Interim Guidelines on the Rules of Procedure Governing the Conduct of Virtual Hearings Before the Civil Aeronautics Board amending for its purpose the March 13, 2020 Interim Guidelines on the Rules of Procedure Governing Hearings Before the Civil Aeronautics Board during the Effectivity of Resolution No. 11 (Recommendations for the Management of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Situation)" ("CAB Rules on Virtual Hearings"); access here.All petitioners applying for permits and licenses (e.g., Renewal of Foreign Air Carrier's Permits) before the CAB must comply with the CAB Rules on Virtual Hearings while they are in force.

EU: The European Commission opens to remote audits for medical devices

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With a communication dated 11 January 2021, the European Commission has recognized the possibility for Notified Bodies to perform remote audits on medical devices aimed at verifying compliance with applicable safety and effectiveness and obtaining the CE marking.

Australia: New AER enforcement powers and significantly increased penalties for National Energy Law breaches

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The Statutes Amendment (National Energy Laws) (Penalties and Enforcement) Act 2020 (Act) commenced on 29 January 2021, arming the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) for the first time with the power to compulsorily seek information and to undertake compulsory examinations in the course of investigations.  The Act also very significantly increases the maximum penalties for contraventions of the civil penalty provisions in the National Energy Law and associated legislation and rules, on terms that are analogous to the penalty regime in the Australian Consumer Law.This alert summarises the key changes and risks associated with the new regime that market participants should be aware of, and identifies steps that should now be taken to minimise those risks.

Global: TMT Talk Podcast Series – Latest Episode: Data litigation

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You can find current episodes (and subscription links) here. A brief description of each episode follows below and we hope you enjoy them: Episode 33: European Electronic Communications...

Brazil: New Bidding Bill of Law and impacts on compliance

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The new Bidding Bill of Law provides for integrity programs as well as greater control and transparency in public tenders.The Brazilian Bidding Law (Law 8,666/93) and other laws related to public procurement (Law 10,520/2002 and articles 1 to 47 of Law 12,462/2011) are about to be replaced by Bill of Law No. 4,253/2020, which was recently approved by the Federal Senate and is pending presidential sanction.The new legislation, which is 27 years in the making, provides relevant updates from a compliance perspective, such as: (i) the reinforcement of internal and external controls for public procurement; (ii) the strengthening of the relevance of a compliance program for companies willing to do business with the government; and (iii) increased sanctions for irregularities in public procurement.

China: New Shanghai Anti-Unfair Competition Regulations to strengthen compliance management in business operations from...

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Effective from 1 January 2021, the Shanghai Anti-Unfair Competition Regulations ("Regulations") require all business operators in Shanghai to strengthen their internal controls and compliance management. Our alert discusses the implications of this significant development, which is the first time that the concept of a compliance program has been introduced into Chinese laws and regulations. 

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.

Kazakhstan: Changes to anti-bribery legislation

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On 6 October and 19 December 2020, Kazakhstan's President signed Law No. 365-VI ZRK1 and Law No. 384-VI ZRK2 ("Amendments"), respectively, which introduced certain changes to the country's anti-corruption legislation, including the Anti-Corruption Law,3 Criminal Code4 and Civil Code.5 Law No. 365-VI ZRK became effective on 18 October 2020, and Law No. 384-VI ZRK came into effect on 31 December 2020.

Asia Pacific Competition Highlights January 2021

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Read publicationIn this regional update, we provide you with a practical overview of the most notable antitrust legal developments over Quarter 4 of 2020...
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