Handbook & Guides


Members of our global Practice & Industry Groups frequently collaborate on comparative legal guides and other practical resources for use by our member firms and their clients. Recent works, of which PDF copies can be downloaded via the links below, are:

New! Unfair Trade Practices: A Global Comparative Survey

If your company needs to know which major countries have consumer protection laws vs. others that don’t, or what particular competitive strategies would be deemed as “unfair competition” in a specific foreign market, there is now a great new reference to help. Published in mid-2016, Unfair Trade Practices: A Global Comparative Law Survey summarizes the relevant laws in 37 major jurisdictions.

Updated and Expanded in 2016! The Global Guide to Data Breach Notifications

Updated and expanded by members of the WLG Privacy & Data Protection Group to cover 60 countries in 2016, see the second edition of the Global Guide to Data Breach Notifications and its companion website here.

Now Available! Expanded Second Edition of The Global Guide to Whistleblowing Programs

In an environment where adherence to anti-corruption, anti‐bribery, fraud, and money-laundering laws is increasingly important, the structuring of whistleblowing programs has become more complex and the subject of increasing regulation in many countries.

Designed as a practical resource for organizations planning to establish or review whistleblowing schemes and related compliance structures, the expanded new second edition of The Global Guide to Whistleblowing Programs covers 59 jurisdictions and can be downloaded here.

The Quick Guide to Private-Copy Levy Systems

To assist World Law Group (WLG) member firm clients that manufacture and/or sell devices used for private copying in different countries, the WLG’s Intellectual Property & Information Technology Practice Group prepared the WLG Quick Guide to Private-Copy Levy Systems. It provides an overview of the legal situation concerning private copying in 31 jurisdictions around the world.

    This guide is also designed to help quickly identify similarities and differences among these systems and to provide a broader view on copyright levy-related questions. Download your copy of The Quick Guide to Private-Copy Levy Systems here.

    World Law Group Comparative Law Series - Wolters Kluwer International

    For nearly 20 years, we have partnered with respected legal publisher Wolters Kluwer International on a series of authoritative comparative legal guides. New editions of two of the most popular titles in the WLG series have just been published:

    International Business Acquisitions: Major Issues and Due Diligence -- The 4th edition of this comprehensive 760-page guide covers 40 major jurisdictions and also includes two special chapters on relevant European Union rules and EU merger control.
    The International Securities Law Handbook -- Also updated and significantly expanded, the 4th edition examines 22 key topics in securities law and regulation in 39 jurisdictions in individual country chapters written by experts at WLG member firms worldwide.

    For more information and to order copies, visit www.kluwerlaw.com.