Germany: Compliance and Investigation Trends in Germany in 2020

In brief

In this publication, our lawyers from different practice groups discuss the trends in compliance and investigations of 2020 in Germany. We take a look at the most important developments and court decisions of2020. Discussing these trends will help companies doing business in Germany to grasp the developments in the area of compliance and investigations in the future. After providing a general overview and presenting the highlights of the developments in the last year, each practice group will outline the developments in their respective practice areas in greater depth.


Contents

2020 was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, this has also left its mark in the area of compliance. To name just one key development: In spring 2020, shortly after the pandemic began to spread in Germany, the German Federal Government issued an export ban on facemasks and other medical protective equipment to all countries outside of Germany. The introduction of such a broad, farreaching and unexpected ban caught many companies by surprise, and they consequently faced challenges to adjust to the unannounced governmental measures which had a significant impact on their supply chains and led to government investigations.

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