Ten years in prison for smashing a window? Hong Kong’s judges may decide

Ten years in prison for smashing a window? Hong Kong’s judges may decide.

The recent outbreak of serious disorder in Hong Kong has given way to an uneasy calm. Following an ostensibly bizarre decision by local police to withdraw and allow hundreds of protestors to occupy and then vandalise the Legislative Council (LegCo), the building has been sealed off as forensics teams gather evidence, including fingerprints on discarded […]

Soft Law of the French ANTI-CORRUPTION AGENCY is swiftly developing - should we comply or not?

Soft Law of the French ANTI-CORRUPTION AGENCY is swiftly developing – should we comply or not?

Created by the so-called “Sapin II” Law of 9 December 2016 (the Law), the French Anti-Corruption Agency (Agence française anticorruption, the AFA) is at the heart of the new French anti-corruption framework Not only is it in charge of (i) monitoring compliance with the eight anti-corruption measures set out in Article 17 of the Law, […]

Japan Inc. to explore new wave of European acquisitions on back of historic EU-Japan trade deal

Japan Inc. to explore new wave of European acquisitions on back of historic EU-Japan trade deal

With Japanese businesses sitting on more than $900 billion dollars in cash, analysts expect a “spending spree” as Japanese companies target new acquisitions abroad. The European Union is becoming the likeliest target for a wave of new deals as Japanese companies take advantage of the investment environment created in part by a historic trade deal. […]