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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.

Fines for Violations of Environmental Law in Mexico will Likely Increase Substantially

On September 27, 2017, the Mexican Senate passed a bill that amended Mexico's main environmental law. One of the most relevant amendments deals with fines for environmental violations which will increase if the bill passes.

Malaysia: Enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act 2010

The Personal Data Protection Department is now actively enforcing the PDPA. Data users should therefore ensure that there is full compliance with all the requirements under the PDPA and its subsidiary legislation.

China’s New Judicial Interpretation Expands and Clarifies Privacy Protection

The PRC Supreme People's Court and Supreme People's Procuratorate have recently issued the Interpretation of Various Issues Concerning Application of Law in Handling Crimes of Infringing upon Citizen's Personal Information.

Healthcare goes digital but regulation hard to disrupt

Regulators around the world are increasingly starting to acknowledge that conventional approaches to regulation may act as an impediment to digital innovation in healthcare and are looking to modernise health regulation.

Baker McKenzie launches second edition of the dictionary “Compliance and Governance from A-Z”

We are pleased to announce that the updated second edition of the Baker & McKenzie dictionary : Compliance and Governance from A-Z is now published.

Japan implements amendment of the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act

On October 1, 2017, an order from the Japanese Cabinet went into effect to implement amendments to Japan’s Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act which implements Japanese import and export controls.

Preventing and Repressing Money Laundering and Terrorist Funding in Portugal: Key Issues of a...

Preventive and repressive measures against money laundering and terrorist funding entered in force last September, 17 by means of Law no. 83/2017, of August 18. Some of the measures within a pack of prevention and repression were forecast for regulation.

New Recommendations for Radical Whistleblowing Laws in Australia: Time to Rethink your Policies

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services has released its report on recommended changes to whistleblower protections in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors. If implemented, these recommendations would significantly increase the protections and rewards available for whistleblowers.

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