June 15, 2011
Boston (June 15, 2011) — i-fact@nalysis, Inc. co-sponsored an Executive Briefing on the challenges of conducting business in China with the law firm of Miller Nash LLP. China is a country of enormous potential and opportunity with diverse cultural, geographic and economic characteristics and equally diverse risks including corruption and crime, travel threats, espionage, worker dissatisfaction, natural disasters, product counterfeiting and challenging legal and regulatory compliance requirements. Whether companies plan to expand into the Chinese market or have existing operations, it is critical to have the right partner to understand and manage these risks.

The keynote speaker Mr. Philip Curlewis, the Managing Director of i-fact@nalysis’ China offices, has over 19 years of experience operating in China. He provided a unique insight into the challenges of conducting investigations, implementing protection programs and assessing risk in China. Mr. Curlewis’ real world experiences provided the audience with a candid insider’s view of evaluating risk as it relates to the political, social, economic and legal climate in China. Mr. Curlewis presentation filtered out common misconceptions of conducting business in China, a view U.S. business executives are seldom exposed too. The briefing was followed by a Q&A session, which addressed specific interests and concerns of the business leaders and attorneys in attendance.

Also presenting at the event were Kent Anderson, Managing Director, Portland/Seattle for i-fact@nalysis, Merril A Keane, Attorney, International Business and Litigation, Miller Nash LLP and a Special Agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Portland office provided a presentation on “Executive Travel and Espionage Risks” in China.

The distinguished panel of presenters provided insight on the following topics, which addressed security, legal and compliance issues facing U.S. companies operating in China.

Business, legal and cultural challenges
Compliance with U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act and other regulations
Effective investigations and due diligence in China
Travel security for executives
Intellectual property & counterfeiting concerns
Espionage concerns
Understanding the cyber threat
Common pitfalls and mistakes
The attendees walked away with a better understanding on how their organizations could succeed in China’s dynamic market while managing risk.

i-fact@nalysis is a global professional services firm providing investigative, compliance, due diligence and other specialized consulting and forensic services to Fortune 500 Companies. The company is headquartered in Boston with offices in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Berlin, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Moscow, Riyadh and Shanghai.