Managing “Recovery-Led” Investigations: a practical approach for counsel focused on crisis prevention and business continuity, tailored for the Chinese operating environment

  • When:
    Thursday, 12 October 2017, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Where:
    British Chamber Shanghai - We suggest that you enter the ZhangYuan community from the north gate on Taixing Lu (near Wujiang Lu)., 上海英国商会 (建议从泰兴路上的张园入口进入)
    No.9, Sub-lane 56, Lane 590, Weihai Lu, Shanghai
  • Price:
    RMB 150 including two drinks and snacks. Members only.

This event will be of interest to C-suite, internal and external legal counsel (compliance), risk manager, and internal auditor. At the event, Control Risks will deliver a practical approach for counsel focused on crisis prevention and business continuity, tailored for the Chinese operating environment. 

Multinational companies in China are not strangers to internal investigations into employee and third-party malfeasance, using significant compliance, legal, audit and forensic resources in the process. However, rather than helping to solve the problem, traditional investigative approaches are increasingly going wrong, leading to financial and reputational damage. Poorly executed investigations in China fail to contain potential compliance, regulatory and business continuity problems, and can often increase the risk of scrutiny from government investigators, disruption to supply or distribution chains, and disgruntled employees venting on social media.

The Chamber invites two speakers from Control Risks, Michael Hickman and Howard Wang, both Principal of Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence, to deliver a case study workshop, taking counsel through the various stages of a “recovery-led” investigation. Unlike traditional approaches, the recovery-led approach focuses on business continuity and takes into account the unique challenges of operating in the region.

The stages of a “recovery-led” investigation are:

  • Working through suspicions and considering how to react to various scenarios based on the players involved and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Preparing a holistic assessment of the situation, ensuring the investigation includes internal and external sources, threats and stakeholders;
  • Planning corrective action that is informed by a risk assessment and a risk mitigation plan; 
  • Assessing causes and lessons learned to strengthen relevant ethical and compliance frameworks.

Location of the British Chamber Shanghai Office - we suggest that you enter the ZhangYuan community from the north gate on Taixing Lu (near Wujiang Lu)

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No-show Policy: Please note you must cancel your reservation in writing to the event contact staff 24 hours in advance. No-shows without prior notification will be charged a no-show fee of RMB100. 

Walk-in Policy: Please note that members who attend the event without prior reservation will be charged a walk-in fee of RMB50 if spaces are still available.

Speaker Introduction

Michael Hickman

Principal at Control Risks

Michael Hickman is a Principal focused on Control Risks’ Greater China and North Asia region. He is responsible for projects involving risk management, compliance and ethics, and training. A member of the bar in New York, and fluent in Chinese, Michael has been working in China and throughout Asia since the 1980s. His international law practice covered compliance matters, including anti-bribery and anti-corruption matters and regulatory investigations, complex cross-border M&A transactions, private equity investments and foreign direct investment, all involving full use of bilingual and bicultural skills. 

Prior to joining Control Risks, Michael worked with several international law firms including Cleary Gottlieb, Simmons & Simmons, Fried Frank and Haiwen, a leading Chinese corporate law firm. Michael has authored numerous articles on mergers and acquisitions and securities regulations in China. 

Michael received his Juris Doctor in 1985 from University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature, also from the University of Washington, in 1978.

Howard Wang

Principal, Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence, Greater China and North Asia, Control Risks

Howard specialises in financial fraud investigations and anti-bribery and corruption consulting, and has led more than 200 financial statement fraud investigations, US FCPA due diligence and assessments, contract and procurement fraud investigations, IT forensic reviews, crisis-led investigations, litigation support matters and tax fraud investigations in China and Australasia. Howard’s recent consulting experience includes:

  • Led an investigation into large-scale kickback and corruption allegations for a European client’s retail and decoration business in China.
  • Participated in a large-scale internal investigation of breaches of code of conduct by top management of a leading global pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare company, and assisted with forming corporate defence strategies.
  • Led an investigation into counterfeit products and crisis management engagement for a European client’s South China factory, in which the entire sales team of the factory was behind a parallel business selling counterfeit products using the client’s trademark.
  • Conducted an independent financial statement investigation into a Chinese pharmaceutical company listed in the US.
  • Completed FCPA due diligence on a distributor of biotech equipment in Beijing for a Fortune 500 global biotechnology company.

Event contact

Joanna Zhang
+86 21 6218 5022