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Transparency International (TI) released its 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) on 23 January 2020.

TI reports that the Asia Pacific region has not witnessed substantial progress in anti-corruption efforts. With a regional average CPI score of 45 after many consecutive years of an average of 44, TI considers that there is general stagnation across the region. Nevertheless, China’s global CPI ranking has improved by seven places while its CPI score improved by two points. In China, we continue to see active anti-corruption enforcement across different industries.

Our alert discusses some of the highlights of the 2019 CPI and what it means for companies doing business in China.




Simon Hui is a partner and leads Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution Group in Shanghai. Mr. Hui is ranked among the leading lawyers for dispute resolution/regulatory and compliance in China by Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Global and Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He has conducted complex internal investigations for a large number of multinational companies across a range of industries. He is also a skilled investigator and has experience in dealing with PRC government authorities and regulators such as PSB, SAMR, NSB and SPP. He has been interviewed by leading business media, such as the Financial Times, for his work on assisting the SOE in the establishment of compliance system as the country pushes for its SOEs to participate in the Belt & Road Initiatives.