Mitigating critical business risks.
We understand the critical business risks our clients and executives face day to day in their transactions and business dealings in:
Two investigations into the conduct of a third party intermediary (a tax consultant) concerning tax matters in various Africa jurisdictions involving transactions in excess of $1m.
Investigation into the project structuring and mining license issues for a project in Africa.
Reviewing the allegations of corruption involving a mining entity in South East Asia on behalf of an investment client considering commercial opportunities in the energy and resources sector.
Acting for former director and officer of Sinclair Knight Merz who has been charged, together with the company and other individuals, with conspiracy to bribe a foreign public official in contravention of the Commonwealth Criminal Code, in connection with aid-funded infrastructure projects in Vietnam and the Philippines. The committal is listed for early 2020 with any substantial trial hearings later in 2020 or 2021.
Act as the IBA co-lead on the Presidential Task Force with the OCED OECD on drafting a Report entitled Tthe Role of Lawyers andin International Commercial Structures. The Task Force grew out of the Panama and Paradise Papers, considering the role of lawyers in offshore commercial structures and how reforms might occur to regulate the creation and use of such structures and the role of lawyers in targeting bribery, corruption, tax fraud and money laundering.
Drafted the Anti-Corruption Guidelines for the Afghanistan legal profession, devised a training workshop attended by the Afghanistan Minister of Justice and Bar Association leadership and reviewed the Bar Association’s internal disciplinary procedures.
Various matters involving internal advice on ABAC policies and procedures, training programs, and internal investigations on potentially illegal conduct in assignments in the Asia Pacific Region, Africa and the Middle East.
Ongoing advice in relation to the application of Australia, US and European sanctions and their impact on Australian businesses.
Ongoing advice on anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing obligations on finance companies (as reporting entities) in connection with due diligence inquiries and reporting obligations.
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