M&A Anti-Bribery and Corruption ("ABC") Due Diligence: Protection against risk exposure

日時:2021年12月7日(火) 13:00〜14:00
主催:クリフォードチャンス法律事務所外国法共同事業、J.S. Held Japan LLC、一般財団法人海外投融資情報財団(JOI)

Time and Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2021 13:00h-14:00h (JST)
Location: Webinar (Live and On-demand streaming)
Sponsors: Clifford Chance, J.S. Held Japan LLC, Japan Institute for Overseas Investment (JOI))


Due to increasing regulatory activity and greater awareness of reputational risks associated with compliance failures, more Japanese companies are conducting pre-acquisition ABC due diligence.
Government authorities across the globe emphasise the importance of pre-acquisition due diligence. The US “DOJ and SEC encourage companies to conduct pre-acquisition due diligence”, the UK Ministry of Justice notes that due diligence is “particularly important” in the context of “a merger of commercial organisations or an acquisition of one by another” and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, highlights the need for “Pre-contract confirmation procedures” including “due diligence”.
In this seminar, Tess Forge, Counsel at Clifford Chance Tokyo who specializes in ABC due diligence, and Ben Fouracre, Managing Director and Head of the APAC Global Investigations Practice at J.S. Held , will provide tips on how to ensure your ABC due diligence is adequate and will stand regulatory scrutiny, will discuss the common types of risks identified and will use case studies to provide practical recommendations on how to mitigate such risks.


Ben Fouracre, Managing Director, Japan Representative, Asia Pacific Investigations Practice Lead, J.S. Held Japan LLC
Ben Fouracre has been based in Japan for over 15 years from where he has assisted both Japanese and foreign multinationals throughout Asia with risk management, strategic planning, operational execution, market entry, business intelligence, due diligence, crisis response and design and implementation of global programs.
He has been involved in providing support, advice and training to companies facing operational challenges in emerging markets related to compliance, sustainability and operational improvement.
His clients include major name Japanese multinationals and global corporates operating across a number of diversified industries.
Ben was recognized as a Global Leader in Investigations in the 2021 Who’s Who Legal Guide.

Tess Forge, Counsel, Clifford Chance, Tokyo
Tess specializes in white collar defense representing companies in all aspects of their financial crimes compliance efforts, including: conducting internal investigations; defending companies in government investigations; conducting risk assessments; and developing and implementing compliance programmes.
Tess has a particular specialism in undertaking financial crimes compliance due diligence reviews on M&A transactions and frequently supports Japanese corporates and financial institutions, as well as international companies, on complex, high risk, transactions.

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