For US Businesses in China, Is Corruption No Longer a Major Issue?

James E. Gordon
Hong Kong,

Business Economy


James Gordon
Managing Director
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
James Gordon has worked on some of the most high-profile regulatory and enforcement investigations in U.S. history, including the Wall Street IPO Securities Litigation, Tyco, WorldCom, Parmalat, HealthSouth and Enron. His work has involved anti-corruption investigations throughout Asia, China and and United States in response to numerous governmental investigations.
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Mr. Gordon is a Managing Director in Navigant’s Strategic Business Consulting practice, a member of the international leadership team for Navigant’s Electronic Discovery Services, and the regional leader for Navigant in Asia. He has more than 25 years of experience in conducting and managing complex high-stakes litigation and investigations for a diverse group of clients in matters involving: responding to regulatory and governmental inquires; independent investigations for Special Committees; Intellectual Property disputes, international fraud and money laundering activities; criminal and commercial litigation; product and environmental liability; patent litigation; theft of proprietary information and managing large-scale discovery projects.

Mr. Gordon has served as the electronic discovery project manager for more than twenty independent audit boards responding to allegations of corporate improprieties and accounting fraud and has personally managed more than 200 electronic discovery/computer forensic matters, involving the processing of tens of thousands of gigabytes of data and more than 250 million documents and emails. Mr. Gordon has managed over 500 investigations and has assisted clients in recovering more than $4 billion in damages and in defending against allegations of tens of billions of liabilities. Mr. Gordon has substantial experience in assisting counsel and their clients, especially in Asia, in responding to Cross Border litigation and discovery.

Mr. Gordon has worked on some of the most high-profile regulatory and enforcement investigations in US history, including: the Wall Street IPO Securities Litigation; Tyco; WorldCom; Parmalat; HealthSouth and Enron. Mr. Gordon is recognized nationally for his expertise in internal investigations, fraud investigations, electronic discovery, computer forensics and was one of the pioneers in investigating computer and cyber crimes. His work has involved internal and anti-corruption investigations throughout Asia, China and the United States in response to numerous matters involving civil litigation and investigations by: the US Department of Justice (DOJ); Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC); Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE); Federal Trade Commission (FTC); and Congressional and Senate Investigations.

One of the initial litigation matters managed by Mr. Gordon was the subject of A Civil Action, the bestselling book and Oscar-nominated movie starring John Travolta, Robert Duvall and Oscar nominee William H. Macy. The part of Mr. Gordon was played by William H. Macy.

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Corruption Impacts China's Future Economic Growth
Corruption is estimated to impact up to 3% of China's GDP. Without further transparency, revised incentives and enforcement of corporate governance policies, corruption will continue to negatively impact GDP and sustainable growth. Corruption poses a high price to China's economy through indirect costs (including efficiency losses and the resulting impact on the environment, public health and education) as well as potentially limiting China's favorable access to the world's capital markets.


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