Challenges of Conducting Due Diligence Investigations in China

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In July of 2013 a British due diligence investigator and his American wife were arrested and jailed in China for illegally collecting private information on Chinese citizens. The couple was in the midst of conducting an investigation for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, a company that had been accused of bribery by a whistleblower and was under investigation by the Chinese government. They were later convicted and sentenced to jail in China for these actions. Their convictions brought to light the dangers of conducting investigations in foreign countries, especially those with restrictive government policies, such as China.


Watch Tom Fox, attorney, compliance expert and author, discusses the challenges of due diligence in China, and provides insight into how to mitigate the risks.


  • Understanding the legal environment
  • Finding information online
  • The importance of boots-on-the-ground
  • What not to say or do when dealing with government officials
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Thomas Fox
Thomas Fox

Lawyer, Author, Speaker

Tom has practiced law in Houston for 25 years. He now assists companies with F.C.P.A. compliance, risk management and international transactions. He was most recently the General Counsel at Drilling Controls, Inc., a worldwide oilfield manufacturing and service company. Today, Tom writes and speaks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics, ranging from F.C.P.A. compliance and other forms of risk management for a worldwide energy practice, tax issues faced by multi-national US companies, insurance coverage issues and protection of trade secrets.

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