New anti-bribery regime in Korea comes into effect today

In an e-bulletin published in March 2015, we reported that the South Korean National Assembly passed the “Act on the Prohibition of Illegal Solicitations and the Prevention of Conflicts of Interest of Public Officials”. The Act is also known as the “Kim Young-ran Law”. The Kim Young-ran Law comes into force today, 28 September 2016, and … Read more

New guide to anti-corruption regulation in Asia Pacific launched

Over the past two years we have witnessed an exponential increase in global efforts to combat corruption. Nowhere is this more visible than Asia, where a number of countries have recently passed new anti-corruption legislation or taken steps to strengthen their existing anti-corruption frameworks. Local anti-corruption laws should now be the main compliance concern for … Read more

Asia-Pacific: Governments crack down on the use of agency and temporary workers

In the last year, we have seen governments across the Asia-Pacific region tightening their laws and regulations relating to the use of agency (dispatch) and temporary workers. At least in some cases, this is in response to a perceived over-reliance by companies on agency and temporary workers, which has led to allegations of abuse. For … Read more

New Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre opens in Korea

The new Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) opened its doors in Korea last month, signalling the rising trend in international arbitration in Asia. Attending the official launch were Herbert Smith Freehills’ disputes partners Tony Dymond, based in Seoul, and Justin D’Agostino, based in Hong Kong and Greater China, both of whom have specialist experience … Read more