Recent Enforcement and Investigation Trends in Vietnam and Asia: What to Expect and How Your Company Can Prepare

Date(s) - 12/05/2016
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

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Event Description

2015 saw regulators across the globe continue to flex their international muscle. Local regulators in Vietnam and across Asia are also exercising their investigative powers against both local and foreign companies. What does this mean for business? What are the trends in cross-border investigations and how should businesses respond? What factors are most important to assessing risk when investing in these countries?

Milton Lawson, William Robinson and Sam Bickett from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Ho Chi Minh and Hong Kong offices will address these issues as well as provide guidance on steps companies operating in Vietnam and Southeast Asia can take to mitigate the risks associated with greater regulator vigilance.


11:30 am Registration and Refreshments
12:00 pm Lunch is served
12:30 pm Introduction and Presentation, followed by Q&A
1:30 pm Event ends


Members: VND 650,000 | Non-members: VND 800,000

Reservations/cancellations must be received by 24 hours before the event, and must be made on-line, by email, or by fax. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.


William Robinson, Partner, Hong Kong  William Robinson

William is a dispute resolution partner based in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Hong Kong office. He is a hands-on, practical and creative litigator who specialises in multi-jurisdictional disputes, investigations and regulatory issues.

William is a commercial litigator with extensive experience in competition litigation and investigations work. His work also involves a substantial regulatory practice. He has a particular expertise in IP-related issues and EU regulation and litigation.

His clients are from a wide variety of sectors, including consumer products, food, tobacco, gambling, technology and transport, and they turn to William to unlock complex regulatory and commercial disputes. The majority of his work is multi-national, and he has coordinated litigation and regulatory strategies across North America, Africa, Europe and Asia.

Milton LawsonMilton Lawson, Managing Lawyer of HCMC Office

Milton is the managing lawyer of the Ho Chi Minh City office, and has practised in Vietnam since 1993.  He is one of the longest serving foreign lawyers working in Vietnam.

Trained in London as a litigation lawyer, Milton has a broad range of experience advising foreign investors on inward investment in Vietnam.

Milton is a member of the firm’s global investigations practice, and advises clients on a wide variety of anti-money laundering and anti-bribery and corruption matters.

Samuel BickettSamuel Bickett, Associate, Hong Kong

Sam is a US-admitted, Hong Kong-based lawyer who specializes in cross-border investigations and disputes.  He advises clients from across the globe on the challenges they face in doing business  in Asia, including anti-bribery, international sanctions, and U.S. securities law compliance.

Sam has represented clients across a wide range of industries, including private equity, healthcare, venture capital, hedge funds, investment banking, manufacturing, retail, and tech.  He has handled matters throughout Asia, including Mainland China, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, and Hong Kong.

Educated in the United States, Sam practiced law in Boston for five years before moving to Hong Kong in 2013.  He has lectured at City University of Hong Kong School of Law and speaks basic Mandarin Chinese.  He has published and lectured on topics including private equity regulation, US environmental regulation, and hedge fund SEC examinations. 

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