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South Africa: Directors owe a duty to their company, not to shareholders, court finds

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The Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa recently considered the concept of claims for reflective losses in South Africa, focusing on whether shareholders could hold directors liable, in terms of the Companies Act, 71 of 2008, for conduct which resulted in a decrease in the company's share price. John Bell, Partner, Rui Lopes, Associate, and Nothando Mthimkhulu, Candidate Attorney, in the Dispute Resolution Practice at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, explain the details and outcome of this case.

International: COVID-19 – Data Journey Map for Virtual Communications

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COVID-19 is making physical meetings more difficult or undesirable, and all of us are regularly using virtual communications. However, in adopting virtual channels to deliver products and services, financial institutions need to work through issues touching on financial regulation, data privacy and technology.

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.

Global: Finding Balance: The Post-COVID Landscape for Financial Institutions

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COVID-19 represents one of the greatest ever shocks to our economies and, in consequence, to the business models of financial institutions and the way...

United Kingdom: Reopening for Business Essential Checklists for UK In-House Counsel

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Businesses have to be adaptable when navigating the business and legal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Resilience, Recovery & Renewal model supports organizations...

United Kingdom: ‘No Deal’ Brexit Checklist: Key Implications for Business

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The UK Government's refusal to request an extension to the Brexit transition period, along with the outstanding issues in the negotiations, means that the...

Latin America: “The New Normal”: Restart of Economic Activities and Sanitary Measures in Latin...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all countries in Latin America. Administrative measures that limit or restrict economic activity have been adopted in most countries....

Doing Business in China 2020

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 The Doing Business in China guide provides an introduction to selected aspects relating to investment and business operations in the People’s Republic of China...

Latin America: Donations to Public Administration in Latin America

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In view of the health crisis in Latin America following to the outbreak of COVID-19, as well as the economic and social impacts of...

Global Guide to Legal Issues in Securitisation 2020 Now Available

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Baker McKenzie has published its fully revised and expanded Global Guide to Legal Issues in Securitisation.This guide has been compiled by Baker McKenzie lawyers...
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