LAW 20.393

DL N°211

NCG N°385

NCG N°461

What is it about?

Law 20.393 establishes the criminal liability of private legal entities and state-owned companies for the following offenses:


  • National or Foreign Bribery
  • Money Laundering
  • Financing of Terrorism


  • Receiving


  • Bribery between private individuals
  • Misappropriation
  • Unfair Administration
  • Incompatible Negotiation


  • Water Pollution
  • Commercialization of banned products
  • Illegal fishing of seabed resources
  • Processing, storage or utilization of scarce resources


  • Simulation or deception to obtain benefits (temporary)
  • Simulation or deception to obtain greater benefits (temporary)
  • Non-observance of isolation or other preventive measure ordered by the health authority in case of epidemic or pandemic.
Legal entities are liable for the crimes mentioned above, which are committed directly or immediately in their interest or for their benefit, by their employees, provided that the commission of the crime was a consequence of the breach of their duties of management and supervision.
It is considered that the duties of direction and supervision have been fulfilled when prior to the commission of the crime, the legal person had adopted models of organization, administration and supervision to prevent such offenses.

The Crime Prevention Model shall contain at least the following elements:

Appointment of a Crime Prevention Officer

Definition of means and powers of the Crime Prevention Officer

Establishment of a Crime Prevention System

Prevention System Supervision


Since its publication in December 2009, Law 20,393 was amended on July 5, 2016 by Law 20,931, on November 20, 2018 by Law 21,121 and on January 31, 2019 by Law 21,132.