Welcome to the latest issue of The Anti-Fraud Network Newsletter:

Letter from the Editor, May 2015

In this issue, Nick Blank and Frank Hong take a look at the fine art of investigating corrupt  behaviour in China and how to manage the subsequent dismissal process.

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In This Issue:

Refining the art of corruption investigations and subsequent dismissals in China

 

Nick Blank

FrankHong

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART 1: Allegations, evidence and expecting the unexpected

Real world examples

Mr Wang (not his real name) headed the purchasing department for his division in a Shanghai based multinational advertising company.  He was also a shareholder in a small technology company, a fact that he kept secret from his employer but which came to light following a whistleblowing letter sent to senior management.

The advertising company’s labour contract and employee handbook made it clear that employees aren’t permitted to have conflicting interests involving supplier companies.  Mr Wang’s employer was ready to take action if they found Mr Wang had been sending orders to his own company, but the internal investigation hadn’t actually uncovered any concrete evidence that Mr Wang’s company was directly a supplier to the advertiser.  In fact, the technology company’s main business was giving strategic advice to internet start-ups, which had little overlap with advertising, a point Mr Wang made when he was interviewed for the investigation.  He also noted that he was only a shareholder, and not technically working at the technology company, which meant he was not in violation of his contract. Continue reading

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Awards

Corporate IntlNamed 2013 “Anti-Corruption Law Firm of the Year in London” by Corporate INTL’s Global Awards Publication.

Corporate INTL, 2013

Chambers and Partners LogoNicholas Burkill of Dorsey & Whitney is an expert in bribery and corruption matters, and is widely considered by sources to be an authority on the implications of the new Bribery Act. Sources describe Burkill as “extremely personable, very bright, client-focused and always looking for the best commercial solutions.”

Chambers 2011

The Legal 500 - United KingdomThe Dorsey team is an excellent choice for tax and fraud disputes, and group head Nicholas Burkill is ‘an enormously experienced fraud litigator, with great depth of knowledge; intelligent and hardworking, with an excellent sense of humour. One of the best around’.

Legal 500 2010

Dorsey & Whitney’s practice head Nicholas Burkill is a ‘cool-headed and determined litigator’.

Legal 500 2011