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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former head of international tax is in custody in Germany in relation to ongoing investigations into “cum-ex” transactions. According to Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Ulf Johannemann has been in custody since Friday afternoon and has been refused leave to return home “due to the risk of absconding”. He left the firm several weeks ago. […]

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Breaking: Freshfields to pay €50m in tax dispute with insolvent German bank

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