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Corporate Governance and Compliance

Compliance issues affect every aspect of a company

Both the company as a legal person and its acting corporate bodies are obliged to ensure compliant behaviour. The appropriate measures and their scope, depend on the company’s size, the industry and its regional business activities. Demand for compliance structures, organisation and tasks is increasingly determined by law. The objective is to ensure comprehensive and efficient compliant behaviour while managing risk sustainably.
Our expertise

Our interdisciplinary team benefits from an extensive international network. We co-operate with colleagues in the UK and US on issues such as the UK Bribery Act, SEC procedures or requirements and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

The team has designed and implemented national and cross-border compliance programmes for multinational companies, including documentation. In risk prevention we have experience establishing compliance departments and structures, developing a code of conduct, compliance training, internal audits, implementing whistle blowing systems and supporting audits of established compliance functions. In risk management we provide support for dawn raids, defend preliminary investigations and internal audits. We examine and enforce claims for damages and enforce employment law sanctions. The team focuses on compliance issues under antitrust, capital markets, criminal, employment and data protection law and advises companies and their corporate bodies on compliance under corporate and company law.

Corporate Governance

The team advises groups of companies, including DAX30 and other listed companies, in particular on corporate bodies’ liability in connection with company management and the increasing requirements of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This advice covers the remuneration of management board members and managing directors. The team has many years experience advising on risk management within groups of companies, on organisation and reporting duties and arrangements for general meetings.

News & insights

Mandatory human rights due diligence laws: The Netherlands led the way in addressing child labour and contemplates broader action

Publications: 02 SEPTEMBER 2020

Mandatory human rights due diligence laws: the Netherlands led the way in addressing child labour and contemplates broader action

There is growing momentum worldwide among governments to require companies to undertake human rights due diligence.  The Netherlands took the lead with respect to the specific issue of child labour,…

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Publications: 19 AUGUST 2020

Podcast: How Covid-19 has impacted anti-bribery and corruption compliance and enforcement in Asia and Australia

Billy Jacobson speaks with Hong Kong partner Eugene Chen and Sydney partner Jason Gray about how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted anti-bribery and corruption ( "ABC") compliance and enforcement…

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Publications: 07 AUGUST 2020

Irish Supreme Court ruling on FIE vs. Ireland – increasing pressure for European governments to bolster climate ambitions

On 31 July 31 2020, the Irish Supreme Court quashed the national plan for tackling climate change adopted by the Irish Government in 2017. In the wake of the December 2019 Urgenda landmark ruling in…

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Publications: 31 OCTOBER 2018

European Commission proposes directive to protect whistleblowers – scandals necessitate reform

Whistleblowers have been making headlines almost every month this past year and this follows a string of scandals which have exposed the limited assistance available for people seeking to expose…

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