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  • Speaker | 15 January, 2015

    Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A primer

    Right or wrong? In China, you never really know where the red line is, even if you are the manager of a big company. At the same time, multinationals are banned from giving bribes to Chinese or other foreign officials by Western laws such as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Recent cases involving pharmaceutical, financial services and other firms have only drawn greater attention to the issue. What exactly is the FCPA? How does it apply in a China context? Are more FCPA-related disclosures likely in the future as Chinese President Xi Jinping cracks down on corruption?

    Lesli Ligorner of the law firm Simmons & Simmons explains the challenges facing foreign companies in terms of meeting legal demands and still doing business in China.

    DATE: Jan 15 (Thursday)
    TIME: 3-4:30pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Sweden 3, Dongzhimenwai Dajie
    ENTRANCE: free to FCCC members, 80 RMB at the door for non-members
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/15012015/

    Lesli Ligorner is a partner of the China employment group in the Shanghai office of Simmons & Simmons. She specializes in strategic counseling on employment and anti-corruption matters and represents some of the world’s largest corporations in their most sensitive cases. In 2013, she was named Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year by China Law & Practice and AsiaMoney Women in Business Law. She started her career as an attorney for the City of New York and is admitted to the bars of the States of New York and New Jersey.

    Speaker | 15 December, 2014

    Deconstructing China’s Confucian narrative – What is the Party’s ”rule by virtue”?

    The Communist Party preparing to abandon its ideology in favor of traditional Confucian virtues. Chinese leaders are constructing a new narrative that looks a lot like the old China, but it opens questions about how this new narrative will actually work. Sinologist Jyrki Kallio will unravel the Party’s ideological overhaul and explain its new Confucian leaning.

    DATE: Dec 15 (Monday)
    TIME: 3:30-5pm
    VENUE: Embassy of Finland, Kerry Centre, Level 26, South Tower (office building), Guanghua Lu 1
    ENTRANCE: FCCC members only (limited seating)
    REGISTRATION: at www.fccchina.org/events/15122014/

    Jyrki Kallio is Senior Research Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki. His research interests include China’s foreign policy, regional issues in East Asia, and China’s political culture, including the rise of traditional schools of thought. He has academic background both in International Relations and Sinology. His most recent publication is an introduction to Confucianism, comprising a new critical translation of the Analects (in Finnish). Prior to joining the FIIA, he worked for over 15 years in the Finnish diplomatic service.