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

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Partner
Bangkok

David Lyman

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Partner
Bangkok

Kobkit Thienpreecha

T:+66 2056 5534

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Partner
Bangkok

Michael K. Lee

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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

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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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August 19, 2015

John Frangos to Present on Countering Bribery in Thailand at AMCHAM Event

John Frangos

Thailand’s government has made anti-corruption a focus of its domestic policy. Two new laws, the Licensing Facilitation Act and...

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August 14, 2015

Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for TrustLaw Pro Bono Award

John King

In recognition of Tilleke & Gibbins’ pro bono practice, our firm has been nominated as “2015 Domestic Law Firm of the Year” at this year’s TrustLaw Awards. Our nomination in this category is...

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June 13, 2015

Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Honors Tilleke & Gibbins

The Sixth Annual Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation Awards were presented during the 2015 Lex Mundi Leadership Summit and Annual Conference in New Orleans, and Tilleke & Gibbins, the Member Firm...

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June 9, 2015

ALB Diversity List 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Counted Among Top Firms

Tiziana Sucharitkul, Darani Vachanavuttivong

Tilleke & Gibbins has been included in the first edition of the Diversity List, a list compiled by Asian Legal Business—forming part of the magazine’s “Women in Law” feature—that...

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June 8, 2015

Yuwadee Thean-ngarm to Present on Investment Law in Myanmar at TBAM Event

Yuwadee Thean-ngarm

Yuwadee Thean-ngarm, a consultant in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Yangon office, will present at a seminar named, “Myanmar Update,” hosted by the Thai Business Association of Myanmar (TBAM). The seminar...

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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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