Amendment to China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law increases risk of commercial bribery and imposes tougher sanctions

On 4 November 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed the amendment to the PRC Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) which provides more clarity on the scope of what constitutes commercial bribery. The Amendment will become effective on 1 January 2018 and is the first amendment to the AUCL since its implementation in 1993. This important development indicates that China’s anti-corruption campaign continues to escalate.


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