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Hong Kong's reputation as one of the least corrupt places in the world is underpinned by a robust legal framework, namely, the Hong Kong Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (POBO).

Other than POBO, companies operating in the city also have to take into account extraterritorial laws enacted in other jurisdictions such as the United States (US) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA), a federal statute that generally prohibits the bribing of foreign officials, as well as setting out obligations on publicly traded companies.

Join us on 14 October, when Benjamin Chou, Senior of Counsel, YTL LLP and Andrew Kan, Director of Forensic Services, Perun Consultants, will detail the key principles behind and compliance considerations under POBO and the FCPA. The speakers will also share advice on how companies can protect themselves from falling afoul of such laws.

On the agenda:

-   Overview of POBO and FCPA and their implications for businesses, including infringement case sharing, as well as key concepts in the FCPA resource guide issued by the US Department of Justice.
-   Best practices in the prevention and detection of POBO and FCPA violation(s)
-   Roles and responsibilities of directors and C-suite executives in the implementation of an anti-corruption internal management system;
-  Tips on building an effective anti-bribery internal management system (i.e. International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 37001), that aligns with relevant laws and regulations, and comprising such key elements as:

     •   Financial Controls
     •   Due Diligence
     •   Non-Financial Controls
     •   Reporting of suspected or actual act of corruption
     •   Gifts and Donations
     •   Investigation of occurrence

For participants attending online, please refer to the following:
-   Upon successful registration of the event, a unique webinar link will be sent to your registered email (attendee email) 2 working days before the event. Please refer to the troubleshooting guide here should you experience any issues in locating the webinar link.
-   Instructions on downloading Zoom and joining a webinar can be found here. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the software in advance of the webinar.
-   Please log in 15 minutes (at 3:15 pm) before the event begins, through the link that will be sent to your registered email.

For participants attending in-person, please refer to the following:
-   In-person attendance is open to HKGCC Members only.
-   Seats are limited and available on a first come first served basis.
-   Pre-registration for in-person attendance is required and the Chamber reserves the right to decline such an application.
-   Attendees are required to scan the "Leave Home Safe" QR code on arrival at the Chamber and should wear a mask at all times. They are also subject to temperature checks.
-   If attendees are required to undergo compulsory testing, please kindly bring along a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) test result on arrival. Kindly note that the Chamber does not provide RAT test kits to guests.
-   Attendees who possess an Amber Code of the Vaccine Pass are required to show their RAT test result upon arrival.
-   Members, who feel unwell are advised against in-person attendance at the Chamber. Please also refrain from joining physically if you have been in close contact with any persons in quarantine or if there has been a confirmed case at your place of residence over the last 14 days (unless a Covid-19 test has been conducted and produced negative results).
-   Food and beverages will not be provided.

DISCLAIMER
Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.

Speaker(s)

Ben Chou, Senior Of Counsel, YTL LLP

Ben is a Senior Of Counsel of YTL LLP, a mid-size law firm which has a diverse practice that include capital markets, M&As, corporate finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, and civil and criminal litigation. He has been practising in Hong Kong for over 15 years and has worked in two leading international law firms, as well as in HSBC's compliance department, and as General Counsel of Huarong International Financial Holdings (0993.hk). Prior to joining YTL LLP, he served as the Executive Director and Chief Risk Officer of Tianli Holdings Group Limited (117.hk).

Ben has strong expertise in U.S. and Hong Kong securities law. His extensive experience covers IPOs, bond offerings, corporate finance, fund formation, M&As, cross-border joint ventures, regulatory and financial crime compliance, as well as general corporate and commercial matters.

Ben is admitted in the State of New York, U.S. and Hong Kong. He graduated from the Law School of Cornell University Law School with a Juris Doctor degree.

Andrew Kan, Director of Forensic Services, Perun Consultants

Andrew specialises in forensic accounting investigation, fraud investigations and litigation support work. His experience includes false accounting and corporate fraud investigations, asset tracing, anti-money laundering reviews, quantum of loss assessments, monitoring accountant engagements, family dispute matters, digital discovery administration, US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) reviews and preparation of expert reports in both criminal and civil litigation contexts. He has been engaged in a number of major fraud investigations of listed companies including asset misappropriation and L/C fraud) in the Asian region. Andrew also has extensive experience providing litigation support services to law-enforcement agencies and the Hong Kong Department of Justice(“DOJ”).

Andrew serves clients in diverse industries such as manufacturing, securities broking, logistics, wholesale and retail, printing, property management and development, information technologies, telecommunications, oil drilling, pharmaceutical and catering.

Language English
Date and Time 2022/10/14 15:30 to 16:30
Venue Online via Zoom (Members and Non-members) / In-person at Chamber Theatre (HKGCC members only)
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Karen Au
Tel: 28231200
Email: karen@chamber.org.hk
Fee
  • HK$ 120 for Members (Attend in Person (HKGCC members only))
  • HK$ 100 for Members / HK$ 200 for Non-Members (Online via Zoom)
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
+$50 for booking offline
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
Notes - Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of payment, on a first come first served basis.
- Booking transfer is allowed for corporate members with advanced notice, walk-ins are normally not accepted.
- The Chamber reserves the right to decline any booking or cancel the event. In such case, a full refund of the participation fee will be issued.
- The registration fee is non-refundable for this event.
- Members paying with their BOC HKGCC Visa Card will enjoy a 30% discount on their reservation. The discount is only applicable to the card holder, and does not extend to their guests. The discount can be used in conjunction with Chamber Coupons, although please kindly note that only one Chamber coupon can be used per event.
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