Bribery, Fraud & Corruption

Corruption occurs when an individual abuses his/her authority for personal gain at the expense of other people. Corruption erodes fairness and the rule of law, and in some cases, puts lives and property at risk.

At ONC Lawyers, our regulatory & compliance team works closely with our corporate and commercial team to provide the following services:

  • advising and representing clients in relation to ICAC investigations, potential criminal liabilities and criminal prosecutions;
  • advising clients on potential liability and obligations arising from AML/CFT related legislations, including the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap.201);
  • advising companies and individuals of the best practice in respect of anti-bribery and corruption; and
  • advising clients in relation to the establishment of anti-bribery and corruption policies and procedures.

If you would like to know more about our regulatory & compliance practice or how we can help you or your business, please contact us at (852) 2810 1212 or at

Please refer to our articles in ‘Knowledge’

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