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Brazil introduces public hotlines and rewards for whistleblowers

Brazil introduced measures to facilitate the report of crimes and administrative offences.

Beijing Issued First Rules on Road Tests for Autonomous Vehicles

We have summarized the essential concepts and conditions set out in the Guiding Opinions and the Implementation Rules in relation to autonomous vehicles, as issued by the government agencies of Beijing.

Data Protection Officers Must Not Have a Conflict of Interest – Part 2

Under the European General Data Protection Regulation many companies will be required to appoint a Data Protection Officer. Violating the requirements relating to the appointment of a DPO can be sanctioned with fines of up to EUR 10 million or up to 2 percent of the total worldwide annual turnover, whichever is higher. So, who do you appoint as your DPO?

Pharmaceutical Sector in Malaysia under Market Review of the Malaysian Competition Commission

The Malaysian Competition Commission has initiated a market review on the pharmaceutical sector. What does this mean for companies?

Steps to Liberalize Uzbekistan’s Export – Import Regime

Two decrees aiming towards the liberalization of Uzbekistan's import and export regime have been signed by the country's President. The Decrees represent a further step towards liberalization of Uzbekistan's economy.

Brazil: New mandatory compliance programs between companies and Rio de Janeiro State

New legislation has been published according to which companies entering into contracts with the public administration of the state of Rio de Janeiro, directly or indirectly, will be mandated to implement an Integrity Program (or "compliance program").

EU: Corporate group companies tendering separately in public tenders may need to prove absence...

In an opinion issued on 22 November 2017, EU-the Advocate General confirmed that the EU competition law provisions do not apply to companies that are part of the same corporate group. However, assurances from those companies might be necessary in case of simultaneous participation in public tendering process in order to protect the free and fair competition between all tenderers.

Ireland: What Now For Mandatory Reporting of White Collar Offences?

Section 19 of the Criminal Justice Act 2011 regulates the offence of “withholding information” in relation to white collar crimes. However, the constitutionality of aspects of the provision is now put in question following a recent High Court judgment.

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.

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