Achieving effective compliance has never been more complicated. 

Trade wars and supply chain disruption are changing the global economic landscape.  Sanctions, trade and export controls  laws are evolving in most countries.  We are seeing increased regulatory activity—not just by the US government but other governments as well.  We are also seeing countermeasures—e.g., blocking statutes that seek to thwart the impact of sanctions. As the US arm of a law firm based in Asia, we are uniquely qualified to navigate these waters.

Our compliance team has deep expertise in international risk management ranging from global sanctions laws, to FCPA and trade and export control issues. We offer practical strategies for cross-border regulatory compliance and support organizations to develop robust and effective compliance programs.

Strong understanding of regulators

We have a deep understanding of the local U.S. regulatory environment. This is strengthened through our experience advising from both sides - our U.S. team includes former prosecutors and internal compliance officers. This first-hand experience equips us with the ability to perceive beyond the obvious factors at play, and work to advocate for the best negotiated or litigated outcomes for our clients.

Through our network of offices, we can advise on the intersection of different regulatory regimes across borders and assist clients in communicating with relevant regulators to ensure business risks and managed effectively.   

Extensive regulatory experience with a focus on risk mitigation

Our extensive experience in sanctions, FCPA and trade control is recognised in the market. With an unmatched capability to advise companies operating in high-risk sectors and jurisdictions, we provide practical advice to mitigate risk and support our clients to achieve their commercial objectives.

Recent experience includes acting for:

  • Chinese listed mechanical part manufacturer – advised on the legal risks on how the U.S. export control and Iran sanctions regime may impact a client’s proposed investment in Iran
  • Chinese high-tech firm – advised on the export control risk involved in the transfer of U.S. technology from client’s subsidiary in the U.S.
  • Chinese aircraft engine manufacturer – provided compliance training on the key points of supply chain structuring and layout of the aerospace industry in China based on the U.S. export control regulations
  • U.S. medical equipment manufacturer – advised the client’s factory in China on its export process review based on U.S. export control requirements
  • Chinese semiconductor manufacturer – assisted in communication with the U.S. Department of Commerce and other relevant authorities to have client removed from the Entity List
  • Advised Chinese state-owned enterprise on U.S. and Chinese export controls and financial sanctions risks concerning transactions with purchasers in Iran and Pakistan
  • Advised underwriters of large Chinese state-owned enterprise involved in international bond offering on U.S. and EU financial sanctions risk concerning transactions with purchasers in Iran, Russia, and Belarus
  • Advised large Chinese private company of U.S. financial sanctions risk concerning its joint venture investment in Russia
  • Chinese joint venture – internal investigation into allegations of unlawful payments to obtain licensing and allegations of operations in violation of PRC law
  • Multinational company – a series of civil proceedings pursuant to which the client was sued for ceasing commission payments to domestic business consultants to ensure FCPA compliance
  • U.S. listed company – represented audit committee in response to allegations of FCPA violations by the U.S. DOJ
  • Global telecommunications equipment company – internal investigation into allegations of FCPA violations
  • U.S. corporation – internal investigation into rebate commissions; assisted client with internal audit and provided advice on settling and rectifying existing commercial bribery
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