White-Collar Crime

Criminal liability of legal entities in the Czech Republic

March 2017 - One rather interesting topic for companies doing business in the Czech Republic in relation to sanctions is the possibility of having the obligation to publish a judgment. This obligation was introduced into Czech law by Act No. 418/2011...

Kinstellar authors Czech chapter of the “International Comparative Legal Guide: Corporate Investigations 2017’’

March 2017 - Kinstellar is proud to have contributed to the Czech chapter of the “International Comparative Legal Guide: Corporate Investigations 2017” published by Global Legal Group. The chapter - authored by Jitka Logesová, Partner and head...

New legislation on fighting corruption in Slovakia (“Anti-Letterbox Act”) increases administrative burden for business dealing with the state

March 2017 - A new law known commonly as the “Anti-Letterbox Act” (the “ Act ”) came into force in Slovakia on 1 February 2017. The purpose of the Act is, broadly, to increase the transparency of all individuals and entities that do business...

Ukraine’s National Agency on Corruption Prevention advances protection of rights of compliance officers

February 2017 - Under the Law of Ukraine No. 1700-VII "On Prevention of Corruption", dated 14 October 2014 (the “ Law ”), legal entities that meet the below-stated criteria must put into effect an anti-corruption programme and appoint a person in...

Transparency International 2016 Corruption Perception Index – How are CEE, CIS and the Balkans doing?

February 2017 –  Transparency International (“ TI ”) has recently published its  Corruption Perceptions Index (“ CPI ”) for 2016, which surveys 176 countries and territories. Scores range from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The...

Non-financial reporting in the fight against corruption and bribery in the Czech Republic

January 2017 - As of 1 January 2017, companies and parent companies of large groups that are public-interest entities and, at the same time, employ on average more than 500 employees in the course of an accounting period, are obliged to publish information...

The new Draft Law on the Serbian Anti-Corruption Agency is published

November 2016 - The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia recently published a new draft Law on the Anti-Corruption Agency (the “ Draft New Law ”). If the Draft New Law is eventually adopted by the Serbian Parliament, it will replace the...

New Czech law seeks to motivate persons who promised a bribe to self-report

September 2016 - On 1 July 2016, a new amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code came into effect which is intended to motivate the perpetrators of corruption offences to notify law enforcement authorities themselves, in return for a conditional exemption...

TI’s latest CPI: The good, the bad and the ugly in CEE

February 2016 – Transparency International (“ TI ”) recently published its Corruption Perceptions Index (“ CPI ”) for 2015, which surveys 168 countries and territories. Scores range from 1 to 100, from highly corrupt to very clean. The...