Mini vandePol is the Head of Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific Compliance & Investigations Group, after successfully completing three years as the Global Chair. Mini focuses on anti-bribery and corruption, trade sanctions, fraud and other senior executive misconduct investigations across Asia but most particularly in Hong Kong, China and India. Mini has more than 30 years' experience and is the trusted advisor to the boards and audit committees of the Firm's most significant global clients — assisting them to establish and enhance their risk management programs, assess risks in transactional opportunities and credibly investigate transgressions to support a strong commitment to a culture of compliance.
In her previous Global Chair role, she led a team of 900+ compliance and investigations practitioners in Asia Pacific, EMEA, Latin America and North America, which was ranked amongst the Top 10 global investigations firms by Global Investigations Review in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Mini herself has recently been awarded "Woman Lawyer of the Year" in The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards and "Best in White Collar Crime" Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards in 2019. She is also named as one of the "Top 100 Women in Investigations" by Global Investigations Review.
Mini is the Firm's representative assisting the World Economic Forum's Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) and a member of the WEF's Global Future Council.
Representative Legal Matters
- Providing investigation and litigation management and oversight advice in Bangladesh for a global telecommunications giant.
- Representing a US parent and Australian subsidiary in relation to civil proceedings relating to alleged bribery in India and subsequent US Department of Justice investigation.
- Conducting pre-acquisition compliance risk diligence and post-acquisition compliance integration for global F&B manufacturer / distributor expanding operations in Vietnam.
- Conducting an internal investigation in Hong Kong for a Fortune 500 consumer products manufacturer in respect of violations of its third party provider anticorruption policies by local management.
- Leading and managing a multinational, multiparty investigation for an ASX-200 infrastructure giant in respect of systemic violations and historic acts of corruption committed by its wholly owned subsidiary in Latin America.
- Acting in a large-scale global investigation by a major multinational into an allegation of systemic breaches of the FCPA by its employees in China and in South East Asia, including working closely with the US Department of Justice on behalf of our client to manage the scope and scale of the investigative process.
- Coordinating and managing a multijurisdictional team for an anticorruption investigation on behalf of a multinational FTSE 100 company into allegations made by an anonymous whistle-blower of alleged bribery amounting to hundreds of millions of RMB by a senior employee of the Shanghai business over a number of years.
- Leading Individual (Regulatory: Anti-corruption and Compliance, Hong Kong) – Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2021)
- Awarded "Top 100 Women in Litigation" (White-collar crime, China and Hong Kong) - Benchmark Asia Pacific (2020)
- Awarded "Best in White Collar Crime" Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2019
- Awarded "Woman Lawyer of the Year" in The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2019
- Awarded "Best in Compliance and Regulatory" Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2018 (also shortlisted in 2017)
- Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Investigations - Global Investigations Review (2019, 2018)
- Named in the India Business Law Journal for India corporate compliance 2018
- Leading Lawyer (Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (International Firm), China) - Chambers Asia Pacific (2017-2021)
- Leading Lawyer (Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption (International Firm), China) - Chambers Global (2017-2020)
- Shortlisted for the FT Innovation Awards 2018
- Featured in Global Investigations Review's 2015 "Top 100 Women in Investigations"
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Women's White Collar Defense Association (HK Chapter) - Vice President
- Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Member
- Monash University (Victoria, Australia) Global Leader's Network Advisory Committee Hong Kong - Chair
- Mini is the Firm's representative on the World Economic Forum's Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI) and a member of WEF's Global Future Council. Mini was previously a member of the B20 (corporate arm of the G20) Anti-Corruption Task Force and chair of its International Conventions workstream, and the sole external legal panelist on corruption issues to the top echelons of the Chinese government at the 2016 People's Congress.
- Registered Foreign Lawyer~Hong Kong (2014)
- Victoria~Australia (1990)
- Monash University (B.Sc.) (1989)
- Monash University (LL.B.) (1989)
Mini pioneered the Global Overview of Anti-Bribery Laws (2017 edition) and is the editor of the very popular Global Attorney-Client Privilege Handbook (2nd edition 2014). She has written a number of articles in journals and other publications both in Australia, India and elsewhere in Asia Pacific on topics ranging from corporate compliance investigations and enforcement, fraud risk, international trade and sanctions compliance and ethical business practices.
Some of her recent articles include:
- Investing in India: How addressing corruption and fraud risks creates higher value - Mini vandePol, Anna Lamut, and Claire Chen, Private Equity Wire, May 2020
- What companies need to know about third party risk management and due diligence in Asia Pacific - Mini vandePol, Angela Ang, and Andrea Kan, Ethisphere Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) Asia Pacific Magazine, March 2020
- BRI Risk Mitigation and Dispute Resolution Options in the Coming Decade - Mini vandePol, Jo Delaney, Martin David, and Nandakumar Ponniya, Asian Legal Business, December 2019
- The Effects of Gender - Britain in Hong Kong, Issue 41 March-April 2016 (pages 38-39) - the official magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (this article is a reprint from Ethisphere magazine)
- The Case for a Gender Diverse Board - Mini vandePol and Joanna Ludlam, Ethisphere, Summer 2015
- Effective anti-corruption compliance programs: more than a code of conduct - Georgie Farrant and Mini vandePol - BRR Media, June 2015
Mini is also a highly sought after media spokesperson and has made several appearances in business media in Hong Kong, India, Australia and the US.
Some of her recent printed media mentions include:
- Large exporting countries failing to stop rampant bribery in global trade - Global Trade Review, September 2018
- Trump Aims Sanctions at Iran ... Hong Kong Bank Customers Get Hit - South China Morning Post, August 2018 (Aug 2018)
- Trade tensions making banks in Asia “more conservative" - Global Trade Review, July 2018
- China’s new anti-graft agency brings key compliance risk - Compliance Week, April 2018
- China SOEs move to set up first institutional compliance systems - Financial Times, January 2018