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Global Trends

John Davis

"International anti-corruption efforts continue to attract attention from companies, investors and governments of both exporting and host countries, and populations in general..."

Brazil

Fabiola Emilin Rodrigues

"Since Federal Law No. 12,846 of 2013, which established the Brazilian anti-corruption system, was enacted, the current key developments are concentrated in regulations at the state level and the effectiveness of new investigations conducted by multiple enforcement authorities (eg, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the General Comptroller’s Office)..."

China

Matthew Durham, May Lu

"One of the most important developments in China for anti-corruption regulation is the revision to relevant clauses in the Anti-Unfair Competition Law in November, 2017, which took effect on 1 January 2018..."

France

Laurent Cohen-Tanugi
Laurent Cohen-Tanugi

"The past year was a significant one in the field of anti-corruption in France, as it saw the beginning of the implementation of the Sapin II law..."

Germany

Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff

"In June 2018 the Federal Constitutional Court rejected the constitutional complaint of a law firm that is based in the United States with offices in Germany claiming that it was not protected by certain fundamental constitutional rights..."

India

"In a significant development, India’s primary anti-corruption legislation, the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 (PCA) was amended to introduce several changes..."

Italy

"In the past year the investigation and prosecution of corruption offences has continued intensively, with particular emphasis on corporate entities and their officers, and especially on their alleged involvement in the corruption of foreign public officials..."

Japan

Kenichi Kinukawa, Kenichiro Omori, Kentaro Toda
TMI Associates, TMI Associates (London)

"On 1 June 2018, a new plea-bargaining system came into effect, which was introduced by amending the Code of Criminal Procedure in 2016..."

Netherlands

Aldo Verbruggen

"In the Netherlands, the fight against corruption is in the public eye more than ever before..."

United Kingdom

Alexander Brown, Helen Soutter, Stephen Gentle

"One of the most high-profile developments this year has been the Court of Appeal’s reversal of the controversial decision in SFO v ENRC, regarding the scope of legal professional privilege..."

United States

John Davis

"The United States continues to actively enforce laws prohibiting foreign bribery against both corporations and individuals, primarily through the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and laws against money laundering and certain types of fraud..."