International Corruption in Asia

The practice regularly represents clients in Asia-related anti-corruption matters, including defending against enforcement proceedings, conducting internal investigations, counseling on regulatory compliance matters, and supporting anti-corruption due diligence on corporate transactions.

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Ranked as a leading firm for Anti-Corruption and Compliance in Hong Kong.

“The team is excellent, very astute and diligent. They provide an excellent service.”

“Mark Johnson has an encyclopaedic knowledge of this area.”

“Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s practice advises clients on internal investigations, compliance matters, and bribery and corruption-related cases, often with cross-border elements. Mark Johnson and Gareth Hughes head up the team.”

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2021-2022



Mark Johnson is ranked in the top band of lawyers for contentious financial services and litigation in China. Gareth Hughes also recommended in both of these categories.

“The team makes an effort to understand our commercial imperatives and the outcomes we would like to achieve to ensure they provide commercially focused advice.”

Mark Johnson “ is very hands-on, smart, efficient, professional and reliable. He not only provides the correct legal analysis, but also provides commercial insight and strategic thinking to the client.”

“He is doing an outstanding job on high-stakes and complex matters.”

Gareth Hughes is a “very impressive guy” who “always has his eye on the right outcome for the client.”

“He knows the regulators very well and has a sophisticated and commercial approach to investigations which is quite unique.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2020-2022


Ranked as a leading firm for Dispute Resolution (International Firms) in China.

Mark Johnson and Gareth Hughes are ranked as leading lawyers in China, Dispute Resolution (International Firms).

Chambers Global, 2022


Ranked as a leading firm for White Collar Crime in China and Hong Kong.

Mark Johnson and Gareth Hughes named Dispute Resolution Stars.

Benchmark Litigation (Asia-Pacific), 2021

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Client Highlights

Debevoise represents a US energy consulting company in an internal investigation of conduct concerning several potential projects in China and potential FCPA issues.

The Independent Compliance Committee of Siemens AG in a review of questionable payment in Asia in the firm’s wide-ranging investigation of allegations of corruption arising under the FCPA and similar legislation treaty obligations from other jurisdictions.

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