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Baker & McKenzie Partner Mini vandePol Relocates To Hong Kong.

14 July, 2014

 

Mini vandePol, Partner and Head of the Asia Pacific Dispute Resolution Group at Baker & McKenzie, has relocated to the Firm’s Hong Kong office from Melbourne, as part of a strategic move to support growing client demand for dispute resolution and corporate compliance advisory and investigations across the Asia Pacific region. Mini will continue to assist clients in the region with a particular focus on Australian companies on their outbound investments into China, India and other parts of the region and companies on their acquisitions of Australian assets. She will also continue to lead the Dispute Resolution Team in Asia Pacific.

 
“Anti-bribery and corruption risk continues to be top of mind concerns for global business. With regulators in the US, UK, China and many other Asian economies ramping up efforts to crack down on corruption, companies are faced with an unprecedented level of urgencies and complexities to put together effective compliance programs that meet both domestic and extraterritorial laws,” Mini vandePol said, “With many of the emerging markets, while they present the greatest economic opportunities, they are often coupled with increased corruption risk, which can be a major threat to the success of an M&A transaction or JV relationship. This means that identifying, investigating and mitigating risks ahead of the deal is critical.”

 
Commenting on Mini’s move to Hong Kong, Gary Seib, Global Head of the Dispute Resolution Group at Baker & McKenzie who is also based in Hong Kong, said, ” We are delighted that Mini is joining our 10 partner Disputes and Compliance practice in Hong Kong and China. Corporate compliance remains a key challenge for companies that are doing deals in Asia, and with inter- and intra-regional transactions continuing to grow, Mini’s move to Hong Kong will further strengthen our ability to advise companies seeking to balance their risks alongside the tremendous opportunities this region has to offer.”

 

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