German Ministry of Justice publishes draft for a corporate liability act

On 22 April 2020, exactly seven months after a first internal draft was leaked, the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) published its formal ministerial draft bill for a law on the sanctioning of company-related crimes (Corporate Liability Act; in German: Verbandssanktionengesetz (“VerSanG”)). While the changes to the internal draft from August 2019 are only minor, the updated draft has been further aligned between the grand coalition parties and with the next German federal election still more than a year away, the chances of the draft becoming law in its current version with some amendments and changes has therefore increased significantly, even with the current COVID-19 related slowdown. Therefore, companies should already deal with the ministerial draft bill today and consider the measures they should already take now.

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