ASEAN is set to become the world’s third largest free trade area, with the establishment of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA). Our expert speakers in this webcast seeks to explore in greater detail the importance of a unified anti-corruption compliance standard within ASEAN.
Topics for Discussion
- Recent cases of corruption within ASEAN and the state of compliance in the region.
- The possible anti-bribery and corruption compliance implications of the lifting of all import and export duty taxes on items traded among ASEAN members
- How important is the call by Transparency International, for Southeast Asian governments to establish an ASEAN Integrity Community to protect against serious corruption risks
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Chuah Yean Ping
Chuah Yean Ping is the Head of Corporate Compliance and Governance at Sime Darby Berhad, based in the Group Head Office in KL. Ms Chuah is a UK qualified lawyer, prior to embarking the legal fraternity in Lincolns Inn UK. Ms Chuah was previously part of the corporate banking legal practice at Shook Lin & Bok, where she acted for financial institutions across the region. Ms Chuah spent most of her career in the Sime Darby Group, as in-house counsel, with extensive experience in oil & gas as well as construction projects. Her team conducts multi-jurisdictional compliance activities, including regulatory and anti-corruption, by the Sime Darby Group across its footprint.
Samuel Sharpe is a Director and head of the Corporate Crime and Investigations Practice Group of Duane Morris & Selvam LLP in Asia and is also a member of the firm’s dispute resolution department. Mr Sharpe advises clients on corporate crime investigation (particularly in cases of alleged bribery) and compliance. Mr Sharpe is also an experienced arbitration practitioner in Singapore and has advised on a number of high profile international arbitrations for clients in the construction, energy, insurance and hospitality sectors among others.
Leas Bachatene is a proven business leader with over 15 years of experience, having established and led commercial organisations in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Leas joined Complinet Group in 2004, a leading provider of compliance solutions for the financial services industry. He went on to found their operations in both the Middle East and Asia. Within 4 years of inception these operations contributed to over 15% of the group’s revenue.
Under Leas’ leadership, Complinet became the point of reference for the compliance community in the Middle East and Asia. This was achieved through a variety of strategic projects with regional regulators which helped to improve governance and compliance culture and best practices including the GCC Regulators’ Summit and the Pan-Asian Regulatory Summit.
Complinet was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010 to form the cornerstone of their Governance, Risk and Compliance business. Following the acquisition Leas served as Managing Director of Thomson Reuters’ GRC division in Asia Pacific where the business saw double digit growth year-on-year during his five-year tenure. During this period Leas spear headed the acquisition of a major e-learning provider and was key to the successful integration of the GRC businesses with the broader Financial and Risk division.
Prior to joining Complinet Leas led various commercial divisions within the publishing industry for Informa Group and eFinancialnews.com in London.
Leas holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering, a High Diploma in Marketing and a Master’s in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Ben has over 16 years of international sales, marketing, event management and business development experience having worked in Singapore, Australia, Japan, China, the USA, UK and the Netherlands. Most recently he was responsible for creating and leading large scale customer programs and thought leadership initiatives for Thomson Reuters’ Financial and Risk business across Asia Pacific. Working closely with international regulatory bodies and industry authorities he designed and delivered a portfolio of 5 regional regulatory summits which quickly became established as innovative drivers in enhancing the regional governance, risk and compliance landscape.
Prior to this Ben held senior positions with a leading international sports management and hospitality group, managing sales and marketing campaigns to support events such as the World Cup and Olympics. He also developed business operations in Europe for a boutique offshore outsourcing and BPO research and consulting firm before joining Complinet, a leading worldwide provider of governance, risk and compliance solutions for the financial services industry which was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2010.