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Eric Carlson
Eric Carlson
Partner
Shanghai +86 21 6036 2503 ecarlson@cov.com Download V-card

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.

  • 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 US businessman detained by Chinese enforcement authorities.
  • 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
  • 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 (Investigations) 
  • The International Who's Who of Investigations Lawyers & Forensic Experts