Anti-Corruption

Featured Publication: Overview of Anti-Corruption
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Tilleke & Gibbins advises clients on anti-corruption matters in Southeast Asia. Many countries where we work are attractive destinations for foreign investment. They are also high-risk environments for corruption, asset concealment, fraud, and other forms of economic crime. The U.S. government has made prosecutions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) a national priority, and more cases under the U.K. Bribery Act are expected. In addition, ASEAN governments are increasing their own anti-corruption efforts. Failing to curb or prevent corruption can have devastating economic, legal, and reputational consequences.

Through our multi-jurisdictional presence, we assist clients seamlessly across borders. Our attorneys and consultants are deeply knowledgeable about local business practices and cultures, which allows us to provide a unique blend of legal and practical advice in this complex field.

  • Advising clients on local anti-corruption laws, regulatory regimes, and business culture
  • Designing, advising, and implementing compliance programs
  • Advising clients on the FCPA and the U.K. Bribery Act
  • Conducting anti-corruption due diligence, as well as compliance and regulatory audits, on agents, partners, and M&A targets
  • Performing anti-corruption risk assessments
  • Overseeing internal corporate investigations
  • Defending and prosecuting corruption-related allegations
  • Assisting with asset recovery and protection

Tilleke & Gibbins is an active partner or member of several anti-corruption organizations, including:

TRACE International. Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to serve as the exclusive TRACE Partner Law Firm in Thailand. TRACE International, a nonprofit association that provides practical and cost-effective anti-bribery compliance solutions for multinational companies, granted this designation to our firm in recognition of our “exceptional experience in and knowledge of anti-bribery laws and related compliance matters.”

Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption. The Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption is a group of private sector companies, coordinated through the Thai Institute of Directors, the Thai Chamber of Commerce, and the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce, committed to prohibiting bribery in any form, putting in place internal compliance programs to educate employees and monitor business conduct, and sharing best practices with industry peers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. Tilleke & Gibbins was the first law firm to join this organization.

Our lawyers and consultants develop real-world solutions that cross borders and practice areas. Read about some of our recent victories below. Among our recent matters, we have:

  • Advised several pharmaceutical companies on their procurement contracts with Thai government hospitals.

  • Advised a U.K. engineering and construction company on providing business courtesies to private individuals in Thailand.

  • Advised a U.S. transportation company on their dealings with the Royal Thai Army during the course of a government procurement contract.

  • Counseled a credit card company on guidelines for business courtesies (such as meals, events, and gifts) to be extended to foreign officials.

  • Provided guidance to an oil company on its compliance program and on proper procedures for government inspections of business facilities.

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Cynthia M. Pornavalai

T:+66 2056 5559

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Partner
Bangkok

David Lyman

T:+66 2056 5597

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Partner
Bangkok

Kobkit Thienpreecha

T:+66 2056 5534

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Partner
Bangkok

Michael K. Lee

T:+84 8 3936 2069

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Partner
Ho Chi Minh City

Thawat Damsa-ard

T:+66 2056 5500

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Partner
Bangkok

Chitchai Punsan

T:+66 2056 5779

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Associate
Bangkok

John Frangos

T:+66 2056 5790

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Consultant
Bangkok

Michael Ramirez

T:+66 2056 5794

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Consultant
Bangkok

Yugo Nagata

T:+66 2056 5645

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Consultant
Bangkok
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October 3, 2016

David Lyman to Present on Anti-Corruption at SIMP Asia 2016

David Lyman

David Lyman, chairman and chief values officer at Tilleke & Gibbins, will present on the topic “Anti-Corruption from an Asian Perspective” at the Swedish Institute Management Programme Asia...

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September 6, 2016

Seminar to Exchange Information on Corruption Prevention and Corruption Suppression

David Lyman, John Frangos

David Lyman, chairman and chief values officer, and John Frangos, consultant, in Tilleke & Gibbins, will participate in a panel discussion on “Corruption Prevention and Suppression of...

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August 24, 2016

John Frangos to Speak on Corruption at Thammasat University-Hanns Seidel Foundation Seminar

John Frangos

John Frangos, a consultant in Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution group, will participate in a panel discussion at “Tackling Corruption in Thailand – Strategies, Challenges, and Prospects,”...

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July 5, 2016

Joint BCCT and AMCHAM Boardroom Briefing on Corruption and Bribery on July 26

Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez, a consultant in Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution group, will speak at a joint BCCT and AMCHAM Boardroom Briefing on “Corruption/Bribery” in Thailand. Michael regularly...

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June 15, 2016

Client Seminar on July 14: Implementing an Effective Compliance Program in Southeast Asia

Michael Ramirez, John Frangos, Chitchai Punsan

Companies doing business in Thailand and across Southeast Asia are exposed to increasing legal and reputational risks. Regulations from the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to Thailand’s wide-...

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February 17, 2017

Conducting a Corporate Internal Investigation

John Frangos

Illegal or unethical conduct can occur in any workplace, whether by employees or management.

Employees might steal money or trade secrets. Management may allow a bribe to be paid to secure...

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February 6, 2017

PLC Doing Business in … Global Guide 2017 – Vietnam Chapter

Attorneys from Tilleke & Gibbins have written the Vietnam chapter of Practical Law Company’s Doing Business in … Global Guide, an essential handbook for businesses looking to expand...

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January 24, 2017

PLC Doing Business in … Global Guide 2017 – Thailand Chapter

Michael Ramirez, Kasma Visitkitjakarn, Sriwan Puapondh, Darani Vachanavuttivong

The 2017 edition of Doing Business In…, a Q&A-style guide published by Practical Law Company in collaboration with Lex Mundi, presents an overview of...

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January 4, 2017

Tailoring Anti-Corruption Compliance: Vietnam

John Frangos

Effective anti-corruption compliance programs are tailored for local jurisdictions. While bribery methods share common characteristics, different countries usually have their own business or...

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December 23, 2016

The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2017 – Laos Chapter

Dino Santaniello

With neighboring economic powerhouses such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos) is often overlooked as a burgeoning economy in the ASEAN region. Laos is...

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