From the editor
I am delighted to share with you our ninth issue of Asia Pacific insights into Business ethics and anti-corruption matters.
New corruption scandals continue to unfold and ongoing investigations take new unexpected turns. Governments are tightening anti-bribery laws and taking more aggressive, extraterritorial enforcement steps.
In this issue, Sun Hong and Zheng Wenqi anticipate upcoming changes to the Chinese commercial bribery landscape, while Benjamin Ridgeon and Alex Mok analyse the landmark case of TVB v Communications Authority and assess its impact on the new Hong Kong Competition Law Ordinance.
In a significant development for the enforcement of the UK Bribery Act, a bank entered into a deferred prosecution agreement in respect of corrupt conduct of associated persons in Tanzania. The awakening of the Bribery Act portends further extraterritorial enforcement activity - potentially in the Asia Pacific region where corruption is perceived to be rife. The new corporate offence was invoked in this instance to target the corporatisation of bribery.
Finally, JP Wood and Rachel Pearce recommend the fostering of a robust compliance culture and the strengthening of internal controls for insurers and brokers venturing into Asian markets. The phenomenon of compliance programs and internal investigations is a key development in the privatisation of enforcement, which historically rested in the exclusive domain of public enforcement agencies.
I hope you will find the articles insightful.
Global Arbitration Review
We have contributed to the chapter on the Grounds to Refuse Enforcement of New York Convention arbitration awards in the second edition of GAR’s The Guide to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitration Awards.
Construction working hours re-extended as COVID-19 measure: Weekend working hours revert to pandemic settings
The permitted construction working hours in New South Wales have been changed again to allow building work and demolition work on Saturdays between 7am and 5pm, and specified works on a Sunday between the hours of 9am and 5pm.