Webcast: FCPA Trends in the Emerging Markets

January 17, 2023

As many countries continue to loosen COVID-19 related restrictions, lawmakers and regulators around the world face corruption challenges accompanying renewed economic activity and aggressive market expansion, while starting to address the unique bribery and corruption cases that arose during a near-global shutdown that was accompanied by record levels of government spending. This webcast will explore the approach taken by emerging markets in addressing these challenges and examine the trends seen in FCPA and local anti-corruption enforcement actions.

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Kelly Austin leads Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice for Asia, is a global co-chair of the Firm’s Anti-Corruption & FCPA practice, and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Austin is ranked annually in the top-tier by Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global in Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: China. Her practice focuses on government investigations, regulatory compliance and international disputes. Ms. Austin has extensive expertise in government and corporate internal investigations, including those involving the FCPA and other anti-corruption laws, and anti-money laundering, securities, and trade control laws.

Joel M. Cohen is a partner in Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s New York office and Co-Chair of the firm’s global White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group.  Mr. Cohen’s successful defense of clients has been noted in numerous feature articles in the American Lawyer and the National Law Journal, including for pretrial dismissal of criminal charges and trial victories.  He is highly-rated in Chambers and named by Global Investigations Review as a “Super Lawyer” in Criminal Litigation.  He has been lead or co-lead counsel in 24 civil and criminal trials in federal and state courts, and he is equally comfortable in leading confidential investigations, managing crises or advocating in court proceedings.  Mr. Cohen’s experience includes all aspects of FCPA/anticorruption issues, in addition to financial institution litigation and other international disputes and discovery.

Benno Schwarz is a partner in the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Munich office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Anti-Corruption & FCPA Practice Group, where his practice focuses on white collar defense and compliance investigations. Mr. Schwarz is ranked annually as a leading lawyer for Germany in White Collar Investigations/Compliance by Chambers Europe and was named by The Legal 500 Deutschland 2021 and The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 as one of four Leading Individuals in Internal Investigations, and also ranked for Compliance. He is noted for his “special expertise on compliance matters related to the USA and Russia.” Mr. Schwarz advises companies on sensitive cases and investigations involving compliance issues with international aspects, such as the implementation of German or international laws in anti-corruption, money laundering and economic sanctions, and he has exemplary experience advising companies in connection with FCPA and NYDFS monitorships or similar monitor functions under U.S. legal regimes.

Patrick Stokes is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C. office. He is the Co-Chair of the Anti-Corruption and FCPA Practice Group and a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations, Securities Enforcement, and Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Stokes’ practice focuses on internal corporate investigations, government investigations, enforcement actions regarding corruption, securities fraud, and financial institutions fraud, and compliance reviews. He has tried more than 30 federal jury trials as first chair, including high-profile white-collar cases, and handled 16 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  Mr. Stokes regularly represents companies and individuals before DOJ and the SEC, in court proceedings, and in confidential internal investigations.

Oliver Welch is a partner in the Hong Kong office, where he represents clients throughout the Asia Pacific region on a wide variety of compliance and anti-corruption issues and trade control laws. Mr. Welch regularly counsels multi-national corporations regarding their anti-corruption compliance programs and controls, and assists clients in drafting policies, procedures, and training materials designed to foster compliance with global anti-corruption laws. Mr. Welch frequently advises on anti-corruption due diligence in connection with corporate acquisitions, private equity investments, and other business transactions

Katharina Humphrey is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Munich office. She advises clients in Germany and throughout Europe on a wide range of compliance and white collar crime matters. Ms. Humphrey regularly represents multi-national corporations in connection with cross-border internal corporate investigations and government investigations. She also has many years of experience in advising clients with regard to the implementation and assessment of compliance management systems.

Ning Ning, an associate in the Hong Kong office, advises clients on government and internal investigations, compliance counseling, and compliance due diligence matters across the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Ning is a native Mandarin speaker and has extensive experiences in China-related investigations and compliance matters.

Karthik Ashwin Thiagarajan, an of counsel in the Singapore office, assists clients with investigations in the financial services, information technology, electronics and fast-moving consumer goods sectors in India and Southeast Asia. He advises clients on internal investigations and anti-corruption reviews in the region. A client praised him for being “on top of his trade” in the India Business Law Journal’s 2019 “Leaders of the pack” report.


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