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  • Congress: Looking Ahead

    Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act Amid ongoing protests in Hong Kong, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said this week that the House will move to take up the bicameral and bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act when it returns from recess. USTR to Hold Hearing on France’s Digital Services Tax On Monday, the Office...

  • France: Pragmatism and Flexibility for the GDPR Implementation

    The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will be applicable as of May 25, 2018. The (high) level of penalties under the GDPR will become one of the core issues for companies. Indeed the GDPR is based on the European fundamental rights to privacy and data protection and could potentially apply outside the European Union. In...

  • Awaiting the Finale: France’s Debate Over Its New Anti-Corruption Law

    France will soon change the anti-corruption landscape with a new law aimed at reducing foreign bribery.  Finance Minister Michel Sapin introduced the new law in July 2015 with hopes of aligning France’s efforts with those of the U.S., UK, and other countries.  The draft law was formally introduced in March 2016, but it has since...

  • Cooperation, Leniency, Internal Investigations, Self-Incrimination, Privilege and All That Jazz

    I recently attended a Fraud Conference in Miami where I heard a French lawyer insisting that since he was a defence advocate, his job was to defend his clients against fraud allegations, not to prosecute them.  Instead of cosying up to the authorities, and self-reporting, he regarded it as his duty to challenge the prosecutor and...

  • WEAK FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION IN FRANCE

    A report published by Transparence Internationale (French branch of Transparency International) portrays a rather bleak state of affairs for the Judiciary in France in charge of cases relating to corruption (justice financière)

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