Be Aware Fraud Risks

China is constantly plagued by fraud scandals. Anyone, whether only doing business with Chinese companies, managing a subsidiary, seeking investment opportunities or conducting merger & acquisition possibilities needs to be aware of China’s high fraud risks. The strong focus on family well-being, the urge to gain status through accumulation of wealth quickly (→ Social Concepts: mianzi), weak controls and a generally relaxed attitude to fraud seem to drive such actions. Not surprisingly, Chinese pay great attention to building trust in business relationships and checking the partner’s credibility thoroughly.
The main risks can be categorized in four areas: low integrity, corruption, misrepresented finances and the misappropriation of company assets. Managing fraud risks is…