FCPA and Anti-Corruption Compliance in Malaysia, Thailand, Burma and Other ASEAN Countries

Mitigating Risks, Navigating Trade Sanctions, and Overcoming the Unique Challenges When Doing Business in This Emerging Market

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Conducted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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This CLE course will provide guidance to counsel for U.S. companies doing business in the ASEAN countries on implementing and strengthening Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and anti-corruption compliance programs. The panel will review recent government enforcement focused on operations in Southeast Asia and the unique FCPA challenges when doing business in these countries.


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is made up of some of the economically fastest-growing countries in the world. The 10 countries of ASEAN are also among the more corrupt counties in the world. For example, Indonesia, a major destination for foreign investment, ranked 114 on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013. Myanmar (Burma) and Cambodia ranked 157 and 160, respectively on the CPI.  

Payments are reportedly sought in most interactions with government officials as an acceptable way to supplement their low incomes. As U.S. companies move into and do business in this emerging market, counsel must keep clients mindful of the SEC's and DOJ's vigorous FCPA compliance enforcement efforts.

To mitigate the risk and potential costly consequences of employees and contractors stepping into grey areas that violate the FCPA and other anti-corruption laws, U.S. companies need rigorous controls and compliance programs in place.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the unique FCPA and anti-corruption risks when doing business in ASEAN countries and examines the interplay between the FCPA and local laws. The panel will also discuss the role of any sanctions that are in place and will offer best practices for mitigating risks and ensuring compliance.



  1. Risk factors of doing business in ASEAN countries
  2. Interplay between FCPA and local laws
  3. Trade sanctions
  4. Best practices for mitigating risk
    1. Monitoring
    2. Compliance program
    3. Internal controls
    4. Education/training
    5. Due diligence


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What risk factors make companies conducting business in ASEAN countries more vulnerable to possible FCPA violations?
  • What types of conduct have triggered SEC and DOJ investigations into potential FCPA violations?
  • What are the best practices to develop and implement effective anti-corruption compliance programs and due diligence efforts?


Edward J. Fishman
Edward J. Fishman

K&L Gates

Mr. Fishman advises clients with respect to government and internal corporate investigations, corporate transactions,...  |  Read More

Matthew T. Reinhard
Matthew T. Reinhard

Miller & Chevalier

Mr. Reinhard focuses his practice on white collar crime, internal investigations, and complex civil litigation. He has...  |  Read More

Barry Vitou
Barry Vitou

Pinsent Masons

Mr. Vitou provides strategic advice to the Boards of public and privately held companies on mitigating corporate...  |  Read More

Neil McInnes
Neil McInnes

Pinsent Masons

Mr. McInnes works extensively outside of the UK and in particular in jurisdictions across Asia, where he conducts...  |  Read More

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