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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February 1, 2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Top Contender for Thailand Law Firm of the Year Award

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tiziana Sucharitkul

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for the Thailand Law Firm of the Year Award 2017 by Chambers Asia-Pacific. The firm has been nominated for the award six times since 2010, and was...

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February 1, 2017

David Lyman Discusses Anti-Corruption with Nikkei Asian Review

David Lyman

David Lyman, Tilleke & Gibbins’ Chairman and Chief Values Officer, was quoted in an article by Nikkei Asian Review, titled “Thailand faces uphill battle on anti-corruption campaign...

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January 19, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Spot in First-Ever “Emerging Markets Experts” List by Asian Legal Business

Tiziana Sucharitkul, Darani Vachanavuttivong

Asian Legal Business (ALB)  has published an “Emerging Markets Experts” list for the first time, with Tilleke & Gibbins among 11 firms across Asia named to the list.

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November 14, 2016

Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Named Thailand Firm of the Year

Tiziana Sucharitkul, Darani Vachanavuttivong

Tilleke & Gibbins has been named Thailand Firm of the Year at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2016. The awards ceremony was held on November 9 at the JW...

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November 8, 2016

John Frangos to Speak at Conference on Tackling Corruption in ASEAN

John Frangos

John Frangos, a consultant in Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution group, will speak on “Practical Steps Companies Can Take to Prevent Corrupt Activities in Thailand” at the “Tackling...

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November 5, 2015

The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2016 – Vietnam Chapter

Michael K. Lee, John Frangos

The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2016  (1st Edition), a guide that provides analysis of the important issues in internal and government investigations across the Asia-Pacific,...

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November 5, 2015

The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2016 – Thailand Chapter

Michael Ramirez

The first edition of The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2016, a multijurisdictional guide to the law and practice of international investigations, has been published by Global...

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November 5, 2015

The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2016 – Myanmar Chapter

Michael Ramirez

Myanmar has undergone significant political and economic change since the country’s civilian government took control in 2010 under the leadership of President Thein Sein. Foreign direct investment...

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August 24, 2015

New Transparency in Licensing: Overview of the Licensing Facilitation Act

John Frangos

In Franz Kafka’s novel The Castle, the main character, known only as “K,” futilely attempts to gain access to a mysterious group of administrators that run a small village from a castle....

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August 17, 2015

Thailand: Important Amendments to the Counter-Corruption Act

John Frangos, Michael Ramirez

The Thai government has recently amended the Organic Act on Counter-Corruption B.E. 2542 (1999) (Amendments). The Amendments, which became effective on July 12, 2015, are part of the government’s...

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