Anti-corruption laws in Asia Pacific

February 2012



We are pleased to present Anti-corruption laws in Asia Pacific. This guide forms part of our key Asia Pacific publication series which currently includes Arbitration in Asia Pacific, Banking security law in Asia Pacific, Disclosure and privilege in Asia Pacific, M&A law in Asia Pacific, Joint ventures: protections for minority shareholders in Asia Pacific, Doing business in Asia Pacific and Renewable energy in Asia Pacific.

The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of international and national anti-corruption regimes within an Asia Pacific context. It highlights how corporations should best approach anti-corruption compliance, transactional and third party due diligence and corruption investigations. It also examines related issues from anti-money laundering and whistleblowing regimes. For ease of jurisdictional comparison, we have arranged for each chapter to be organized according to the following headings:

  • TI rankings
  • International anti-corruption conventions and inter-governmental organizations
  • Anti-bribery legislation and major offences
  • Facilitation payments, hospitality and gifts
  • Corporate liability for the acts of subsidiaries, employees and third parties
  • Liability of individual directors and officers
  • Anti-money laundering legislation
  • Whistleblowing legislation

We hope that this guide will provide a useful introduction to a field which has assumed a critical importance for companies, individuals and regulatory authorities alike.

The guide is simply a summary of the key issues relevant to anti-corruption and is not a substitute for legal advice. If you would like to discuss any of the issues raised here, please get in touch with us.

Norton Rose Group is one of the few truly global practices with a proven expertise in handling international corruption matters, particularly, within Asia Pacific. The Business Ethics and Anti-Corruption Group advises clients on all matters relating to business ethics and anti-corruption and has acted in major corruption investigations within Asia Pacific.

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We wish to thank the following for their contributions to this guide:

  • Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co., India
  • Susandarini & Partners*, Indonesia
  • Atsumi & Sakai, Japan
  • Zaid Ibrahim & Co, Malaysia
  • Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, Philippines
  • Lee & Ko, South Korea
  • Huang & Partners, Taiwan
  • Vision & Associates Legal*, Vietnam

*associate office

Additional contacts

Australia: Abigail McGregor, Jenni Hill, Justin Marschke

China: Sun Hong, Tom Luckock, Ronan Diot

Hong Kong: David Lee

Indonesia: Susandarini

Japan: Chris Viner, Gemma Tuohey

Thailand: Somboon Kitiyansub, Sarah Chen

Vietnam: Geoff Sutherland

United Kingdom: Sam Eastwood