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Entries in Asia (9)


Compliance Alert: Beware of these ‘safer’ Asian markets

When trying to determine how to allocate compliance resources across Asian markets, the more developed and mature markets such as Malaysia, South Korea, Japan and Thailand are often given only residual attention because they are deemed fairly easy places to operate in. But these seemingly “safer” Asian jurisdictions are, in fact, much more capricious and trickier than they appear on paper.

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Survey: Corruption still plagues Asia, especially the poor

A survey in Asia by Transparency International found that just over one in four people had paid a bribe to access public services during the prior year.

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Managing compliance in China's emerging new civilization

President Xi Jinping visits UNESCO in Paris in 2014A new phase has begun in the maturation of China as an economic superpower, an era that President Xi Jinping has taken to calling “the new normal.” The ongoing challenge for Beijing is to transition from a largely investment-propelled, export-oriented economy to one increasingly driven by consumption.

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Surprise! Compliance has growing role in business decisions

A new survey of general counsels and compliance officers found that 30% of companies in North America, Europe, and Asia stopped doing business with a partner because of corruption risks.

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Mike Scher talks to the feds

To the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission:

The open-letter draft published on October 23, 2013 generated extraordinary interest among compliance professionals and other readers in the United States and in Latin America, India and China -- countries directly affected by the Wal-Mart investigation. Many sent in their observations and support for the letter.

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Despite crackdown, Asia firms are slow to comply

Only 40 percent of Asia companies have anti-bribery policies in place, compared with a global average of 81 percent last year.

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Bad news. You're promoted to compliance officer

[Editors's note: This post is Part Four in a series about compliance officers. Part One is here, Part Two is here, and Part Three is here.]

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Spread of GSK contagion to other countries, industries now 'highly likely'

The GSK China bribery investigators are probably going to name several other significant foreign companies in the coming days and weeks. The State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) has already announced that investigations into several other pharmaceutical companies have begun. And authorities have visited three multinational drug companies.

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Author discusses future of global anti-graft enforcement

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Global Financial Integrity’s panel discussion and book launch for Laurence Cockcroft’s Global Corruption: Money, Power, and Ethics in the Modern World.

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