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In the first episode, Nandakumar Ponniya, chair of the Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Group, Cynthia Tang, head of the Hong Kong Dispute Resolution team, and Yoshiaki Muto, head of Tokyo’s Dispute Resolution team, discuss developments in commercial litigation around four key areas: (1) technology, (2) mediation, (3) international commercial courts, and (4) class actions in Asia Pacific.

Recent political developments in Myanmar have led to the imposition of targeted sanctions by the US, UK and EU in the past month. As a result of the measures imposed, businesses may face immediate challenges in doing business in, or with, the state. Join our speakers as they provide insights…

Effective from 1 January 2021, the Shanghai Anti-Unfair Competition Regulations (“Regulations”) require all business operators in Shanghai to strengthen their internal controls and compliance management. 

Our alert discusses the implications of this significant development, which is the first time that the concept of a compliance program has been introduced into Chinese laws and regulations. 

Our multidisciplinary practitioners discuss the importance of the need for consumer goods and retail (CG&R) businesses to be aware of their “extended enterprise” – the complex network of third parties they depend on to develop, market and sell their products and services.

Connected Compliance explores the role of technology as a driver of compliance integration and business growth. We conduct research annually with decision-makers to understand the pace and extent to which companies are deploying technology to manage compliance challenges as well as the risks associated with connected compliance among wider business…

Read publication In this cover story by Asian-Mena Counsel,* four Baker McKenzie lawyers and two thought-leading GCs talk about key issues in sanctions and investigations. Mini vandePol (Hong Kong), head of Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Compliance & Investigations Group; dispute resolution and compliance and investigations lawyer Celeste Ang (Singapore); Simon Hui, leading lawyer for…

Against the backdrop of an environment of rapid legal changes, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a Policy Statement and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) published an article in its official column inSight, setting out their respective ongoing approach to regulation. We discuss the Policy Statement and inSight article and their genesis.

On 24 June 2020, the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) issued a circular on Carrying out the Follow-up Checks for the Rectification of Market Problems in the Banking and Insurance Sectors (the “Circular”). The CBIRC proposes to launch follow-up checks to review the steps taken to correct industry problems identified in the past three years following some high-profile cases, particularly in the areas of corporate governance, risk management and repeated violations of several laws and regulations.

Our alert sets out a brief summary of key “follow-up” checks outlined in the Circular and provides some practical tips that we have developed from our own experience on how companies can ensure their compliance programs satisfy the guidelines. More information can be found in our guide on 5 Essential Elements Of Corporate Compliance.

The Hong Kong National Security Law took effect on 30 June 2020. The 66-article law criminalizes four types of acts: secession, subversion of State power, terrorist activities, and collusion with foreign or external forces to endanger national security. It also stipulates the corresponding penalties, which in the most serious cases,…