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Eric Carlson advises clients operating in China and other jurisdictions in Asia on a range of anti-corruption laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Having lived in China for more than a decade, he has deep experience leading highly sensitive anti-corruption/FCPA investigations in China and other jurisdictions in Asia, including investigations presenting complex legal, political, and reputational risks.

He also counsels clients on the corruption risks of proposed transactions, conducts anti-corruption due diligence as part of mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, assists companies in updating and strengthening their internal anti-corruption compliance programs and tailoring them to the unique features of Asian markets, and developing and presenting tailored compliance training in Chinese and English. Mr. Carlson has advised scores of companies and organizations representing nearly every major industry. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese and has led more than four hundred witness interviews in Chinese in 24 provinces in China, and conducted dozens of trainings in Chinese.

  • Led internal investigation on behalf of a global company after its employee was interviewed by prosecutors in northern China.
  • Served as independent compliance monitor of an Asia-based multinational company related to its settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 
  • Led internal investigation on behalf of a consumer products company after media reports alleged product safety problems.
  • Led internal investigation on behalf of a global technology company into allegations of improper payments to officials at state-owned entities, accepting kickbacks from vendors, and embezzlement.
  • Conducted multiple internal investigations into potential violations of U.S. export control laws at Chinese affiliates of multinational companies.
  • Led investigation on behalf of a global financial institution into allegations of connected hiring in China.
  • Led internal investigation into allegations of improper payments by a distributor in Indonesia.
  • Led internal investigation into allegations of improper payments made to customs officials in Vietnam.  
  • Led internal investigation on behalf of a U.S. pharmaceutical company into allegations that academic meetings in China were faked to pay kickbacks to healthcare providers.
  • Led risk assessment of a global transportation company’s manufacturing facilities in India.
  • Provide ongoing counseling related to China-related corruption risks to more than 80 companies.   
  • Selected China-Related Anti-Corruption/FCPA Representations.

Pro Bono

  • Assisting a U.S. businessman detained by Chinese enforcement authorities for customs-related issues.
  • Assisting The Nature Conservancy with various regulatory compliance issues.
  • Representing a humanitarian organization with various registration and regulatory issues.
  • Chambers Global, China, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (International Firms) and International Trade
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, China, Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (International Firms)
  • Chambers Asia-Pacific, China - International Trade
  • China Business Law Awards, Anti-bribery and Anti-corruption Firm of the Year - International Firms (2020)
  • Global Investigations Review and Who’s Who Legal: Investigations recognized Mr. Carlson in 2018 among the "leading lawyers worldwide in the field of investigations."
  • China Law & Practice, "Regulatory & Compliance Lawyer of the Year" (2016)
  • China Law & Practice, “Regulatory & Compliance Firm of the Year” (2016)
  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – GIR 2019-2020 (Investigations) 
  • The International Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers & Forensic Experts