Investigator’s Guide to Hong Kong

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FCPA in Asia: “We’re not even getting called in for investigations”

The once fruitful line of US-led foreign bribery work appears to be drying up in East Asia as lawyers report a significant drop off in cases and companies increasingly attempt to sidestep US bribery probes.

Hong Kong’s financial regulator diverts attention from banks

Banks’ fear of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission has faded over recent years as the authority has shifted its focus away from financial institutions, according to a former SFC executive director of enforcement.

Hong Kong SFC enforcement director joins Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May has hired Wynne Mok from the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission to work in the firm’s Hong Kong-based investigations practice.

Kirkland & Ellis hires Hong Kong partner

Kirkland & Ellis has added former Clifford Chance counsel Richard Sharpe as a partner in its government and internal investigations group.

Hong Kong financial authority adopts UK-inspired cooperation guidelines

Hong Kong’s financial authority has established a system to reward companies for cooperating with its investigations by borrowing a now-abandoned settlement framework from the UK Financial Conduct Authority.

Hong Kong should be “ashamed” of police-sanctioned asset freezing

Hong Kong lawyers say the local government should overhaul rigid legislation that allows police to indefinitely freeze bank accounts without any judicial oversight.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority senior counsel moves to Norton Rose Fulbright

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority will take a tougher stance on anti-money laundering in the lead up to a review by the Financial Action Task Force, says Norton Rose Fulbright partner Etelka Bogardi.

People news roundup: Davis Polk promotes in Hong Kong

The latest people news includes Davis Polk promoting a counsel to partner, and DLA Piper hiring Cooley’s former FCPA practice co-chair.

GIR Live Hong Kong: AML enforcement is booming

Hong Kong’s senior assistant director of public prosecutions has warned financial institutions to remain vigilant against money laundering as enforcement in the region ramps up.

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