Linklaters host Business Crime Conference in Hong Kong

On 30 October 2018, Linklaters’ Dispute Resolution practice hosted a Business Crime Conference held at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. The conference featured a key note address by The Honourable Mr Justice Zervos, Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal (and former Director of Public Prosecutions), Hong Kong SAR and a panel discussion analysing recent trends in business crime enforcement across the globe.


Mr Justice Zervos spoke on the topic of Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs). DPAs have been employed by US criminal authorities to settle criminal prosecutions for a number of years. More recently, legislation introducing DPAs for corporate criminal defendants has been enacted or proposed in a number of other jurisdictions, including the UK, Singapore and Australia.


The panel session was moderated by Melvin Sng, the Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice in Asia, and comprised experts in the field from across the firm: Michael Axelrod, Doug Davison, Elly Proudlock, Andrew Chung and Zhirong Zhou, from our Zhao Sheng joint operations firm. The panelists shared their insights on current trends in business crime enforcement across the globe with a particular focus on the Asia Pacific. The discussion highlighted the increasing coordination between criminal authorities, the benefits of a robust compliance program and challenges to consider when engaged in a cross-border criminal investigation. The panel session concluded with each panelist sharing a practical action point to consider when the attendees return to their offices in order to better prepare for an investigation.

Linklaters lawyers also addressed the probable issues following the announced review of corporate enforcement policies, as well as possible changes to individual accountability. Another pertinent topic, were the legal challenges involving personal data breaches – a constant issue faced by legal practitioners in this digital age.


Developed ‘by lawyers, for lawyers’, this conference was well-received by participants who consisted of criminal defence and regulatory practitioners, prosecutors, compliance officers and in-house counsels from leading organisations.


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