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China Summit on Anti-Corruption

Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - Thursday, July 17, 2008
04:00 am London - 04:00 am London

K. Lesli Ligorner, Partner in our Employment Department, will be speaking at the China Summit on "Anti-Corruption - Implementing Effective Corporate Governance, Transparency and FCPA Compliance Programs." The summit will take place on July 15-16, 2008 at the InterContinental Shanghai Pudong, Shanghai, China

Lesli will be a co-presenter on "Controlling Agents and Distributors." The topic of discussion will include:

  • Due diligence: best practices for a prospective third party relationship in China.

  • Working with the state-owned entity (SOE) as a prospective third party.

  • What enforcement agencies will expect you to have in your files.

  • What to do when your company is proceeding in the face of a known risk involving a third party.

  • How concerned should you be about PRC local law?

  • What happens when you uncover “warning bells” – Now what?

  • Do contractual provisions, certifications and audit rights solve the problem?

  • On-going training and monitoring of third party agents.

Overview of Summit:

Foreign companies doing business in the People's Republic of China face complex anti-corruption compliance challenges.

Corruption is a serious problem in China's rapidly developing economy. China's leaders have recognized this problem and adopted increasingly aggressive policies to deal with it. According to Chinese authorities, tens of thousands of corruption allegations against Chinese officials are investigated each year, and offenders are prosecuted or otherwise disciplined. China has also begun vigorously enforcing commercial bribery laws in its private sector. Foreign companies operating in China are thus faced with a rapidly evolving domestic anti-corruption compliance environment.

This China Summit on Anti-Corruption brings together an exceptional faculty of experienced corporate ethics and compliance executives, senior attorneys, forensic accountants and government officials to discuss the complex anti-bribery landscape in China. They will examine the intersection of the FCPA and local Chinese anti-bribery laws and how to implement robust anti-corruption policies in this environment, including:

  • Creating a code of conduct that matters in China.

  • Overcoming cultural and legal challenges in rolling out an anti-corruption compliance program.

  • Working with state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

  • What kinds of gifts are acceptable and in what instances?

  • Due diligence: best practices for third party relationships in China.

  • Who is a “government official” in China?

  • Conducting internal investigations in China.

For more information and to register for this conference visit the website at