The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2016

The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2016

Thailand: Anti-Corruption Compliance

Thailand remains a favoured destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) despite regional and global economic fluctuations. FDI is an important factor in Thailand’s economic growth and stability and the country has focused intensely on efforts to consistently improve its standing as an FDI destination.

Vietnam: Compliance Risks

Foreign investment is again coming back to Vietnam. In 2014, according to statistics compiled by the Financial Times, Vietnam was the second most popular investment destination in the Asia-Pacific region, after China.

Myanmar: Anti-Corruption Compliance

Myanmar is in the throes of significant political and economic change. Nearly 67 years after its independence from the United Kingdom and after more than 50 years of strict military rule, Myanmar has embarked on a path towards sustainable economic reform.

Korea: Anti-Corruption Compliance

Decades from now, it may very well be the case that historians look back on the period of April 2014 to September 2016 as a watershed period for the development of anti-corruption law in Korea. April 2014 marked the month in which the Sewol tragedy occurred – the sinking of a ferry that led to the tragic deaths of over 300 people, including many high-school students.

Hong Kong: Internal Investigations

Financial regulators in Hong Kong are scrutinising non-compliance and market misconduct through robust enforcement actions and increasingly severe sanctions against companies and individuals to maintain fairness and stability in this major international financial centre.

China: Internal Investigations

From well before the global financial crisis in 2008 and certainly afterwards, China has been a key market for growth for businesses across every industry. While the prospect of lucrative returns in a market that has reported double-digit growth consistently over the years may be difficult for many foreign investors to resist, China is a high-risk destination for foreign investment.

Managing Multi-Jurisdictional Investigations

A credible internal investigation should be the response to any serious suspected misconduct in any company. Not only is it increasingly an expectation from regulators and law enforcement agencies, it is recognised as a matter of good corporate governance.

Forensic Accountancy

China’s new normal and the impact on fraud, corruption and financial integrity issuesOver the past three decades China has grown to become the world’s leading economy by many measures, and in the low-growth world of recent years China has provided the only significant source of global economic growth, making it arguably the most influential economy in the world.


Geckos, crocodiles and paper tigers – anti-corruption enforcement in South East AsiaCorruption remains a significant problem in South East Asia. This is starkly reflected in Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

China: Cartel Investigations

It is the seventh anniversary of China’s Antimonopoly Law (AML) in 2015. As one of the first firms that took part in the drafting of the AML and thereby one of the first to provide AML-related services, we are fortunate to have participated in the rapid development of this legal regime.

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