|Acropolis Associates Government Affairs business unit support organizations within 5 areas of expertise:
|Mr. XI Yong leads Government Affairs Business Unit
Click here to know more about XI Yong, experienced government affairs Director and Press-TV-Media key person.
Government-related matter: we find solutions and deliver results
We advise trade and professional associations, non-governmental agencies, foreign governments, small and global companies, in the same ways as educational institutions such as schools and universities.
|All our actions in China follow ethics rules, China Anti-Corruption laws & regulation, in accordance to recommendations from National Bureau of Corruption Prevention of China (NBCP).|
We don’t accept all cases. We reserve the right to decide to consent handling or not a case.
We offer a tailored high-added value service to support companies to fix both Central and Local government related issue.
A successful government affairs effort requires a comprehensive approach, entailing mastery of substance, process, politics and messaging. Guided by public policy professionals who possess an intimate knowledge of this strategic approach as well as a thorough understanding of Legislative and Executive Branch processes and regulatory agency operations, we are able to navigate the intersection between politics and policy to develop and execute legal and governmental solutions to the complex issues facing our clients.
Government Affairs Communication
We offer a wide range of skills and services to support the communication needs of your organization:
- Literature Production (conferences, events, print and web documentation, press, radio, TV)
- Events, Conferences & Exhibitions Management, Public Relations
- Strategic Planning, Media Planning, Multi-media Campaigns
- TV, Radio & Video Production
Formulation of message(s)
- Preparation of testimony, position papers, advocacy letters and regulatory briefs
- Representation of clients and direct advocacy to members of senior regulatory officials and their staffs
- Monitoring of legislative and regulatory activity
- Coordination of demonstrations and other interactive events for key decision makers
- Regulatory compliance
Areas of expertise
Our professionals serve clients in industries such as food & agriculture, environment & clean technology, retail, life sciences (Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Diagnostic, Veterinary), aerospace & defense, technology & manufacturing. With services in areas such as lobbying, government procurement, energy and infrastructure, international trade, transportation and immigration, we provide the perfect mix of services for international companies looking to enter and develop in China market.
In Canada (Quebec)Invest in Europe and Canada (Quebec), services to Chinese organizations
Invest in China, services to Western organizations
|Mrs. Annick de Kermadec-Bentzmann leads China-Europe M&A Business Unit
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To help a company in a merging and/or the acquisition process, we help identify and approach potential business partners, through the implementation of effective « hunting » techniques.
Year after year, Acropolis built a strong international network at senior level of organizations. It has acquired important strategic industry data and information.
We focus on identification of precisely targeted potential partners, in China mainland, in Europe (especially France and Greece) and Canada (Quebec).
We are using investigation techniques and networks very close to those we are used to in executive search (we are hunting organizations instead of hunting candidates).
Your future partner profile
- A company to buy, to merge with or to collaborate with in production or sales network or R&D
- A potential buyer for your brand, your company or your group
- An investment fund (Private Equity or Venture Capital).
|Ian GROCHOLSKI, VP Business Clarity and Ethics, Founder of Acropolis Associates USA in 1999 is the head of this business unit.Click here to know more about Ian Grocholski|
Corporate Fraud on the Rise Thanks to Globalisation
Exposure to emerging markets can be a double-edged sword for businesses. While it tends to boost growth and profits, it also increases vulnerability to fraud, a new Kroll report says. The 2013 bribery scandal involving GSK in China is a case in point. Recent surveys have shown that the majority of fraudsters are corporate employees with management responsibilities. This does not have to happen as fraud can be identified, managed and minimized. To prevent or at least minimize fraud, we assist our clients in defining a Corporate Fraud Policy and building an ethical framework:
a)Corporate fraud policy:
|most corporations and organizations have codified guidelines on ethical and fraud-related behaviors (codes of conduct, governance codes, anti-fraud policies, etc.) However, issuing a policy by itself has shown many insufficiencies. More often than not, internal controls are insufficient or not properly understood. However, it is leadership and example – rather than rules and regulations – that determine proper ethical behavior in a corporation. A fraud policy can therefore be useful in determining a company’s attitude to fraud. The directors must comply with its provisions and staff should be required to indicate their awareness of how it is applied.|
b)Building an Ethical Framework (BEF):
|For those in any doubt about what constitutes appropriate behavior, an anti-fraud policy serves as a useful deterrent. Clear communication will help ensure that employees understand what is and what is not acceptable. Where an organization’s performance is heavily dependent upon third parties, it may be appropriate to share the content of ethics policies with key contractors and suppliers, and seek assurances that they will adopt similar standards. Key aspects to be considered in building an ethical framework are:
Corporate Fraud Alert (CFA):
In China mainland, conducting private investigation is illegal. Investigation must be conducted by Chinese Police. Our company DON’T conduct any private investigation, we are advising organizations to build process and strategy to prevent fraud, and we train their employees to avoid risk. In addition to significant financial losses to investors, corporate fraud has the potential to cause immeasurable damage to investors’ confidence. For these reasons, we help decision makers enhance ethics and compliance programs, develop anti-fraud measures and thereby avoid risks and boost competitive advantage. The key topics to be addressed are:
- Thoroughly understand all business processes;
- Identify the most critical risks according to severity and frequency;
- Implement appropriate controls to fight fraud;
- Implement change in the corporate culture and encourage openness and reporting;
- Build and execute a strong compliance program;
- Identify and deal with risks posed by the IT environment;
- Review and update procedures based on findings.
Staff & Suppliers Integrity investigation (SSII):
|In China mainland, conducting private investigation is illegal. Investigation must be conducted by Chinese Police. Our company DON’T conduct any private investigation, we are advising organizations to build process and strategy to prevent fraud, and we train their employees to avoid risk. In addition to significant financial losses to investors, Corporate Fraud has the potential to cause immeasurable damage to investor confidence. Corporate Fraud investigations involve the following activities in most cases: falsification of financial information, self-dealing by corporate insiders or fraudulent billing from suppliers.|