CLE = “Emerging Criminal Liability Issues Foreign Companies are Facing in China”

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The WSBA International Practice Section invites you to attend a CLE on “Emerging Criminal Liability Issues Foreign Companies are Facing in China.”

Just this year GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) together with other drugmakers including American Eli Lilly and Company, Danish Novo Nordisk A/S and Belgium’s UCB SA, altogether ten major multinational pharmaceutical producers in China have been investigated; Peter Humphrey, a British fraud investigator linked to GSK was arrested in Shanghai; and another British manager was restricted from leaving China.  Last year, a top-level German art brokerage firm was investigated in Beijing, four of its employees, including the German general manager, were investigated by the Anti-smuggling Bureau of Beijing Customs, and 4 suspects were detained up to 127 days in a Chinese detention house.  What is happening?

The amended Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China and some new judicial interpretations increased the penalties for some economic charges.  Is China still a dream place or has it become a nightmare for FDI and their executives?  Our experts will explain the present laws and regulations surrounding multinational executives’ crimes and the ways in which to avoid potential criminal legal risks during company operation.  They will focus on analysis of multinational executives’ criminal cases and an overview of the causes and of common crimes committed by multinationals as well as how to prevent them.  They will also provide a brief introduction to criminal proceedings and the special circumstances of crimes committed by foreigners in China.

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Davis Wright Tremaine
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101-3047

Yonghua (Edward) Huang – King & Capital Lawyers, Beijing
Ying (Lisa) Sun – Beijing Gaopeng Law Firm, Beijing
Wen (Wendy) Zhou – Beijing Yuandu Law Firm, Beijing

CLE General Credits for Washington Attorneys
Total: 1.5
General: 1.5

Free for IPS members
$25 for non-IPS members
$15 for law students

Registration is open but space will be limited.  We would appreciate hearing from you beforehand to ensure that enough seats are available.

RSVP by mailing or faxing the registration FORM;


Section Representative contact information for this CLE:
Name: Shahzad Q. Qadri
Firm: Wong Fleming
Telephone #: (425) 869-4040