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29 June 2022
The potential impact for an organisation of being held liable for criminal activity can be severe, leading to financial penalties, operational sanctions and reputational damage. For international businesses, an understanding of how corporate criminal liability is regarded in different jurisdictions is key to managing risk. However, not all jurisdictions treat corporate wrongdoing in the same way. Explore our fully updated review of corporate criminal liability which assesses the risks corporates face across 22 jurisdictions.
28 June 2022
Our Global Guide: Company Directors aims to inform and help individual directors and international businesses in 25 jurisdictions. With contributions from lawyers across our global network, this version has been updated and now also covers the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
24 May 2022
Mediation is one of the most popular forms of alternative dispute resolution. It is a flexible, confidential and without prejudice consensual process in which parties appoint a neutral individual to facilitate negotiations between them. In many cases, mediation will be a quicker and cheaper form of dispute resolution than court proceedings. It can also help the parties to preserve an on-going commercial relationship – something that is particularly important in long-term contractual situations.
6 December 2021
As enforcement agencies increasingly cooperate to tackle bribery and corruption across the world, we have seen an uptick in large-scale investigations and correspondingly large penalties imposed on companies engaging in unlawful behaviour. Our comprehensive review of anti-bribery and corruption law and enforcement covers 22 jurisdictions across the globe and will be of particular interest to businesses with international operations.
27 July 2021
The laws on legal professional privilege are a point of significant interest and divergence across the global legal landscape. Advice that is privileged in one country may not be protected in others. Differences in the application of legal professional privilege by courts and regulators across jurisdictions can lead to difficult decisions for organisations under investigation. Even within a jurisdiction, the scope and application of legal professional privilege may be the subject of debate amongst experts - and lead to dispute between parties. Linklaters’ revised and fully updated comparative review of legal professional privilege provides a quick reference tool to practice in 24 jurisdictions across the globe.
28 June 2021
Despite the economic disruption caused by the pandemic and a global trend towards greater scrutiny of foreign investment, deal values for cross-border M&A are at an all-time high. Navigating the traps for the unwary has never been more important. Our Global Guide: Private M&A 2021 covers 26 countries, from Australia to Vietnam, and identifies key legal issues for potential purchasers when looking to make acquisitions outside their home jurisdiction.
25 March 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic is a pressure test for the global interconnected economy. One expected consequence is an uptick in insolvencies. In international contracts, many companies will have concluded arbitration clauses.
6 October 2020
Over recent years we have seen an increase in both the volume and value of Public M&A with the total global value of deals in 2019 reaching US$1.65tn. Despite a slower start in 2020, Q3 has seen cross-border public M&A back up to the same levels as Q3 2019 with many deals being announced largely backed by private equity, a trend which looks likely to continue. We have also seen changing regulations in different jurisdictions making the cross-border transaction environment increasingly complex.
1 July 2020
In this comparative review we look at the types of collective actions permitted in each jurisdiction and who may bring them. We examine whether they are opt in or opt out and what this means for the efficacy of the procedure. How collective actions are funded and the relief that is available is also considered. We also look forward to how the concept might develop in the future in each jurisdiction reviewed.
27 March 2020
Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organisation on 30 January 2020. It has required governments, and particularly healthcare systems, to respond swiftly and in a coordinated way to ensure that they are properly mitigating and responding to the evolving situation to ensure the wellbeing of their citizens.
21 February 2020
The binding force of contracts is a basic principle of contract law (“pacta sunt servanda”). In general, each party can rely on the performance of the contractual obligations by the other party. Yet, unexpected circumstances may occur after the conclusion of a contract which call this principle into question.
Our comparative review considers how such hardship situations are being dealt with in 18 jurisdictions. All of them have mechanisms in place to handle such situations, but allow interference with the binding nature of a contract only under restrictive conditions.