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eCounsel group

A boutique firm with unparalleled expertise in business and technology. We have good command of industrial ecology and legal practice, and have undertaken highly regarded cases. Because the small business scope, we pay more emphasis on effectiveness and efficiency, and choose clients with deliberation. The managing partner not only has extensive experiences in various legal issues more over than 20 years, but invests and manages several technology companies. In addition, he always checks each case rigorously. Clients’ business objectives are our primary focus. To achieve the same in the most cost-effective fashion trumps all seemingly sophisticated legal discussions.

Lack of Knowledge in Law, A Cog Could Break The Machine

2014 - 06 - 10

We have been the legal counsel for the company for a decade. It is a listed company in Taiwan, has a healthy growth in sales and EPS year over year and its stock price looks great.


A有個美國大客戶,超級buyer,B公司。B打算和A進一步更緊密合作,並逐年擴大向A的採購,因此請A提供各項成本費用的數據,希望在精算後,訂出的交易模式更能確保雙方之共同長久利益;為此,B找了一家會計師事務所C來辦這件事。算著算著,發現A有個國外工廠在3年前出了一筆貨給B,那筆貨的成本帳上列了一條金額US$200的項目,既沒有原始憑證,又囫圇用 “Miscellaneous” (雜項) 帶過。C要確認這筆錢是啥玩意兒,就問了A的經辦人X。X回覆「這是給當地海關的暗盤,因為當時趕著辦出口,所以請他們加班幫忙」。




B會瘋掉,主要的原因就是美國企業必須遵守Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA, 外國貪腐行為法),而基於FCPA,他們就在供應商合約及守則中設計了一大堆的控制程序,要確保自己的供應商也不可以在國外行賄。而自己往來甚久這麼大的一家上市公司A,居然坦白承認塞錢給海關,以加速作業,這是何等嚴重的事!每年破十億台幣的訂單,可能就此付諸東流。

四次和A公司高層面對面、整天電話不斷、加上和B公司的資深法務副總裁以及營業部門的越洋電話會議,我幫客戶定了調,整起事件是「X自作主張信口開河擺烏龍」。A很擔心,這樣真的行嗎?對方明明就還是在懷疑啊?我們是不是要把真相攤開全部承認?需不需要ooxx…. 我回答「別多想了,我擬封信,以公司最高主管的名義發回去給B,應該就會到此為止了」。我的作文(當然,為保護當事人,這邊已刪除大部分段落和文字)是這樣寫的「… we have been required to adopt strict internal control procedures and compliance programs to ensure that all laws, regulations, contractual obligations, code of conduct, and accounting rules are abided by… After investigations…, we have yet found a single trace of evidence indicating that this company or any of its affiliates has engaged in said wrongdoings…  Though this incident arose because someone from this company took matter in her own hands by giving imaginary responses to our partners without factual basis… we have engaged experienced outside counsels and consultants to further strengthen the designs and implementations of the compliance programs currently in place so that nothing inconsistent with the truth may be presented …」(我知道你一定會說 “You talked a lot but said nothing…”)。

過了一個月,收到B的正式回文,表示肯定A在法令遵循上的持續改善之努力,以及我們的調查結論,並說「we do not have further questions at this time…」。



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