Seven Lessons from China’s Bribery Investigation of GlaxoSmithKline 

The Chinese government’s recent actions against employees of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline plc in connection with possible commercial and government bribery have thrust the business practices of pharmaceutical and other health-related companies in China into the spotlight.  Speculation is growing that China may be increasing enforcement of its anti-bribery laws against a range of industries.  Chinese anti-bribery enforcement varies in important ways from U.S. enforcement.  Therefore, it is important for companies operating in China to understand what steps they can take to mitigate corruption risk, uncover and react to bribery by their employees and others, and be prepared for unannounced visits from Chinese regulators.  In a recent webinar, Shanghai-based K&L Gates partner Amy Sommers offered seven compliance and business lessons that companies can learn from GSK’s predicament.  See also “China Clarifies and Expands its Anti-Bribery Laws” (Feb. 6, 2013).

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