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Australian Education Providers Warned of Corruption and Bribery Risks Associated with International Students

A deal to strengthen vocational education and training (VET) ties with China could increase the incidence of corruption and bribery occurring at Australian education institutions, with one commentator warning that education providers must assess and manage the quality assurance risks associated with international student enrolments. Griffith University Business School senior lecturer and Renmin University visiting … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report — July 2015

1. New laws or regulations State level: No developments. Local level (Beijing & Shanghai): No developments. Communist Party Rules: No developments. 2. Upcoming laws or regulations No developments. 3. Government Action (1) On July 3, 2015, Li Fengchun (“Li”), the former Deputy Inspector of the Standing Committee of Xinyu Municipal People’s Congress and the former … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report — December 2014

1. New law or regulation State level: No developments. Local level (Beijing & Shanghai): No developments. Communist Party Rules: No developments.   2. Upcoming law or regulation No developments.   3. Government Action (1) On December 5, 2014, Zhang Xiaodong (“Zhang”), the former Party Secretary of Anyang City, Henan Province, was sentenced for taking bribes … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report — November 2014

1. New law or regulation State level: No developments. Local level (Beijing & Shanghai): No developments. Communist Party Rules: No developments.   2. Upcoming law or regulation No developments.   3. Government Action (1) On November 4, 2014, Yang Xianjing (“Yang”), the former Inspector of the Department of Land and Resources of Anhui Province, was … Continue Reading

China Data Privacy Update

Peter William Humphrey, a British citizen, and his American wife, Yu Yingzeng, were prosecuted on August 8, 2014 in Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court for illegally obtaining the personal information of Chinese citizens. The court sentenced Mr. Humphrey to a fixed-term imprisonment of two and one-half years, a fine of RMB 200,000, and deportation from … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report — October 2014

1. New law or regulation State level: No developments. Local level (Beijing & Shanghai): No developments. Communist Party Rules: No developments.   2. Upcoming law or regulation (1) It was reported on October 27, 2014 that the Draft Ninth Amendment to Criminal Law (the “Draft Amendment”) was under review by the National People’s Congress Standing … Continue Reading

GSK BRIBERY CASE – END OF THE MATTER?

This article was originally published by LexisNexis and is reproduced with permission. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined £300 million and five of its employees given suspended prison sentences in China for bribery – but is this the end of the matter? What impact will the verdicts have on other multinational companies conducting business in China? … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report — August 2014

1. New law or regulation State level: No developments. Local level (Beijing & Shanghai): No developments. Communist Party Rules: No developments.   2. Upcoming law or regulation No developments.   3. Government Action (1) It was reported on August 2, 2014 that Zou Heping (“Zou”), the former Deputy Chief of Transport Department of Hunan Province, … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report — July 2014

1. New law or regulation State level: (1) On July 16, 2014, the General Office of the Communist Party of China (“CPC”) Central Committee and the State Council jointly issued the Guiding Opinions on Comprehensively Promoting the Reform of Official Vehicles System and the Reform Scheme of the Official Vehicles System in Central and State … Continue Reading

UK Serious Fraud Office launches investigation into GlaxoSmithKline in relation to claims of foreign bribery

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”) has launched a formal criminal investigation into GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and its “commercial practices”, understood to mean allegations of foreign bribery. David Green CB QC, Director of the SFO, said back in 2012 that only the largest cases, that prevented UK companies from competing for big contracts on a level … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report — February 2014

1. New law or regulation State level: No developments. Local level (Beijing & Shanghai): No developments. Communist Party Rules: No developments. 2. Upcoming law or regulation No developments. 3. Government Action (1) It was reported on February 7, 2014 that Zhou Guangrong (“Zhou”), the former Head of Health Bureau of Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, was … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report — January 2014

1. New law or regulation State level: No developments. Local level (Beijing & Shanghai): No developments. Communist Party Rules: (1) On January 16, 2014, the Communist Party of China (“CPC”) Central Committee issued the Regulation on Selection and Appointment of the Party and Government Leaders (the “Regulation”), which took effect on the same day and … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report — December 2013

New law or regulation State level: (1) It was reported on 8 December 2013 that the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (“CPC”) and the General Office of the State Council jointly issued the Provisions on Administration of Domestic Official Reception by Party and Government Organs” (the “Provisions”) to … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report — November 2013

1. New law or regulation State level: On November 25, 2013, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council jointly issued the Regulation to Ban Official Extravagance (the “Regulation”), which regulate the management of funds, official travel, official receptions, official vehicles, and official conferences, etc. According to the Regulation, the … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report — October 2013

1. New law or regulation State level: No developments Local level (Beijing & Shanghai): No developments Communist Party Rules: No developments 2. Upcoming law or regulation No developments 3. Government Action (1) On October 10, 2013, Tian Xueren (“Tian”), the former Executive Deputy Governor of Jilin Province, stood trial in Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court … Continue Reading

China Anti-bribery Report September 2013

1. New law or regulation State level: No developments On September 23, 2013, the Ministry of Finance, the National Government Affairs Administration, and the Administration of Government Affairs, directly under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (“CPC”), jointly issued the Administrative Measures on Conferences of Central and State Departments (“Measures”), which target … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report—August 2013

The most recent FCPA and anticorruption enforcement developments involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are summarized below. Thanks, as always, to Squire Sanders’ Shanghai Office for monitoring these enforcement actions. 1. New law or regulation State level: (1)   The Regulation on Punishment for Improper Issuance of Subsidies and Allowances (the “Regulation”) was jointly promulgated … Continue Reading

Legal Commentary on the GSK China Bribery Case — From a China Law Perspective

Many thanks to Daniel F. Roules, Olivia Zhan and Rayna Wang of Squire Sanders’ Shanghai office for preparing this article. Background Foreign companies doing business in China have focused in recent days on the case of GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”), the British multinational producer of pharmaceuticals, biologics, vaccines and consumer healthcare products headquartered in London. Articles to … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report—July 2013

The most recent FCPA and anticorruption enforcement developments involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are summarized below. Thanks, as always, to Squire Sanders’ Shanghai Office for monitoring these enforcement actions. 1.     New law or regulation State level: (1)     It was reported on July 6, 2013 that the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (“SPP”) of China issued … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report—June 2013

The most recent FCPA and anticorruption enforcement developments involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are summarized below. Thanks, as always, to Squire Sanders’ Shanghai Office for monitoring these enforcement actions. 1.     New Law or Regulation State level:  No developments. Local level (Beijing & Shanghai):  No developments. Communist Party Rules:  No developments. 2.     Upcoming Law … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report— April 2013

The most recent FCPA and anticorruption enforcement developments involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are summarized below.  As always, thanks go to Squire Sanders’ Shanghai Office for monitoring these developments. 1.            New law or regulation State level:  No developments Local level (Beijing & Shanghai):  No developments Communist Party Rules:  No developments 2.            Upcoming law … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anti-Bribery Update Report— March 2013

The most recent FCPA and anticorruption enforcement developments involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are summarized below. Thanks as always to Squire Sanders’ Shanghai Office for monitoring these enforcement actions. 1.            New law or regulation State level: No developments Local level (Beijing & Shanghai): No developments Communist Party Rules: No developments 2.            Upcoming law … Continue Reading

Monthly China Anticorruption Update Report — February 2013

The most recent FCPA and anticorruption enforcement developments involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are summarized below. Thanks as always to Squire Sanders’ Shanghai Office for monitoring these enforcement actions. 1. New Law or Regulation State level: No developments Local level (Beijing & Shanghai): No developments Communist Party Rules: No developments 2. Upcoming Law … Continue Reading

New Guideline on Personal Information Protection Becomes Effective in China

The treatment of personal information is a tricky issue when investigating suspected violations of anticorruption laws, as many countries around the world have enacted privacy laws.  As explained in a new Squire Sanders Client Alert, the text of which is reprinted below, China recently enacted new standards of its own regarding the protection of personal … Continue Reading
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