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Nathan Bush


Nathan G. Bush (“Nate”) is an Asia-based litigator specializing in internal investigations, regulatory investigations, compliance counseling, and disputes involving antitrust and competition, fraud and corruption, and international trade policy. Through over a decade of fieldwork and regulatory projects in Asia, Nate has developed unique skills and insight into the distinct regulatory challenges and commercial climates of Asia’s diverse markets.

He has conducted more than 100 internal investigations in China, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and other jurisdictions. In addition, he regularly advises clients on antitrust and compliance aspects of complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and private equity and venture capital investments. He is experienced with the specific regulatory risks of diverse industries in Asia, including the technology, media, telecommunications, semiconductor, life sciences, oil and gas, mining, aviation, heavy manufacturing, and retail sectors.

Nate was among the first US regulatory litigators to move from Washington, D.C. to Asia in response to escalating enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the implementation of new antitrust rules in China and elsewhere in the region. He practiced in Beijing for 8 years from 2004 through 2012, and now covers the region from O’Melveny’s Singapore office.

Nate frequently publishes articles and speaks on topics related to competition, corruption, and trade policy in Asia. He has co-authored the China chapter of the ABA treatise on Competition Laws Outside of the United States.

He is actively involved in the American Chamber of Commerce in China, serving as Legal Committee Chairman in 2008 and as General Counsel from 2009 through 2011.

Nate is recommended as a “Leading Lawyer” in the 2015 Edition of IFLR1000. He is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer for Chinese competition issues by Chambers Global.

Nate designs practical solutions to help clients overcome regulatory hurdles and manage compliance risks while achieving their commercial goals in Asia.

Professional Activities

Law Clerk, The Honorable Leonie Brinkema, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Languages, Mandarin Chinese



Anticorruption & Compliance
  • “Putting China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign in Context,” TRACE Webinar, October 15, 2014
  • Managing an Enforcement Crisis in China: How to Handle the Business, Legal and Reputational Impact of a PSB and SAIC Bribery Investigation on Your Operations and Employees,” ACI, “FCPA Bootcamp,” San Francisco, CA, September 23-24, 2014
  • Making Sense of the Headlines: Review of Chinese Anti-Bribery Enforcement Actions in 2013 and the First-Half of 2014,” TRACE, “Anti-Corruption Compliance in China Conference,” Seattle, Washington, August 14-15, 2014
  • FCPA in China for 2014: Compliance Strategies Given China's Unique Cultural and Governmental Intricacies,” Strafford Webinar, Wednesday, July 23, 2014
  • “Minimizing Corruption Risks in M&A,” ACI, “Singapore Anti-Corruption Summit,” Singapore, December 5, 2012
  • “Building Your FCPA Due Diligence File: Investigative Techniques to Access the Right Data on Existing or Prospective Partners in China,” ACI, “FCPA Bootcamp", San Francisco, CA, October 2, 2012
  • “Leveraging Internal Audit and Finance Function to Detect Bribery and Questionable Transactions,” ACI, “Fifth China Anticorruption Summit,” Shanghai, June 6, 2012
  • “Pitfalls for FCPA Compliance under Chinese Law,” PLI, “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Anti-Corruption Developments 2012,” New York, May 4, 2012
  • “Managing Compliance Risks from Intermediaries,” FCPA Compliance Conference C5, Paris, France, October 2011
  • Fraud & Corruption in Contemporary China: Challenges for U.S. Companies & Investors,” Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, CA, August 29, 2011
  • “Innovation in FCPA Enforcement Tactics,” Lexis Fourth Corporate Compliance Conference, Shanghai, November 11, 2010
  • “Heeding the Accounting Provisions in China: ACI, FCPA in Emerging Markets, Washington, D.C., June 9, 2010
  • “Current Trends on Chinese Anticorruption Enforcement,” Stafford Publications Webinar, FCPA Compliance in China, May 20, 2010
  • Competing in China: Antitrust, Anticorruption, and Industrial Policy,” Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, CA, Jan. 14, 2010
  • “Chinese Anticorruption Enforcement,” Stafford Publications Webinar, FCPA Compliance in China, September 3, 2009
  • “Challenges of Anticorruption Compliance in China,” JF Pearson FCPA Seminar, Shanghai, November 20, 2008
  • “Internal Investigations in China,” American Conference Institute (ACI) Anticorruption Conference, Shanghai, China, July 16, 2008 “Internal Investigations in Asia,” San Francisco Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Forum, San Francisco, May 30, 2008
  • “Maneuvers in a Minefield: Responding to Corruption in Contemporary China,” American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, March 13, 2007
  • “China Compliance Strategies: Responding to Corruption, Fraud, and Corporate Misconduct,” American Chamber of Commerce, Beijing, December 14, 2006

Antitrust & Competition
  • Chinese Antitrust: The AML at Five,” Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, CA, April 15, 2013
  • Swimming Against the Current: Industrial Policy and Antitrust in China,” The Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) and Berkeley Business Law Journal (BBLJ), Berkeley, CA, March 29, 2011
  • “Competition Policy & Industrial Policy: Tension & Balance”, People’s University, Beijing, December 18, 2010.
  • “Asia’s Emerging Antitrust Regimes & Challenges for Technology Companies,” "Antitrust Enforcement in Global Markets, Seattle, WA, June 17, 2010
  • “Antitrust Challenges in Global Aviation,” Beijing Aeronautics University Law School, May 26, 2010
  • “Antitrust in China’s Aviation Sector,” Beijing Aeronautics University Law School, May 27, 2009
  • Divining Chinese Antitrust after Coke-Huiyuan,” National University of Singapore, April 9, 2009
  • “Chinese Antitrust: Launching into Stormy Seas,” Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, CA, January 20, 2009
  • “Power Politics: The Political Economy of Antitrust in China’s Energy Sector,” Asian Competition Policy & Law Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, December 9, 2008
  • “The Chinese Antimonopoly Law: Conduct Rules,” ABA Brownbag Seminar, October 30, 2008
  • “Competition Compliance in China: A View from Private Practice,” University of Melbourne, October 4, 2008
  • “Competition Law in China,” Canadian Bar Association's 2008 Fall Conference on Competition Law, Ottawa, Canada, September 18, 2008
  • “Merger Review & Monopoly Agreements in the PRC,” Asia Legal Business Seminar, Singapore, July 30, 2008
  • “Final Countdown to China’s Antimonopoly Law,” Japan Fair Trade Center, Tokyo, Japan, June 19, 2008
  • “The PRC Antimonopoly Law: Mechanics of Merger Review,” Pre-Meeting Session of International Competition Network Annual Meeting, Kyoto, Japan, April 13, 2008
  • Constraints on Convergence in Chinese Antitrust,” Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, CA, February 13, 2008
  • “The Antimonopoly Law and IP Rights”, Asian Competition Policy & Law Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, December 11, 2007
  • “The IP/Antitrust Interface in China,” Ambassador’s Roundtable on Intellectual Property Rights, Beijing, October 24, 2007
  • “The AML: Implications for Korean Firms,” Seoul, Korea, October 9, 2007
  • “The AML: A Long, Rough Road Ahead,” US-China Business Council, Washington, D.C., October 2, 2007
  • “Chinese Competition Policy: Challenges for U.S. Business,” Pacific Research Institute, San Jose, CA, February 28, 2007
  • “Dominance Enforcement under the Antimonopoly Law”, Asian Competition Policy & Law Conference, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, December 12, 2006
  • “Chinese Competition Policy: A Preview of Coming Events?,” American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, November 23, 2005
  • “Chinese Competition Policy & Standard Setting,”, U.S. Information Technology Office, Beijing, December 5, 2005

Harvard Law School, J.D.: cum laude; Editor-in-Chief, Harvard Asia Quarterly; Submissions Committee, Harvard International Law Journal; Harvard Asia Law Society Executive Board

University of Virginia, B.A., Government and Foreign Affairs, East Asian Studies (Minor): Phi Beta Kappa

Washington, D.C.

The UK’s Serious Fraud Office achieves first convictions under UK Bribery Act (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)

Foreign Conduct and U.S. Antitrust Laws (Antitrust and Competition)

China’s NDRC Penalizes Global LCD Panel Price Cartel (Antitrust and Competition)

MOFCOM Releases Measures to Implement the New Foreign Investment National Security Review Mechanism - Renewed Scrutiny of Captive Structure (China Practice)

U.K. Publishes Guidance on Bribery Act of 2010 (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)

China Establishes Mechanism for National Security Reviews of Foreign Investments (China Practice)

FCPA Investigation into RINO International Corporation (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)

Lifestyles of Chinese Officials Scrutinized under New Anticorruption Measures (China Publications, White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations)

MOFCOM Issues New Measures on Divestitures as Merger Remedies (China/Antitrust/Competition/Mergers & Acquisitions)

China's NDRC Punishes Rice Noodle Cartel Members (Antitrust/Competition Alert)

Judicial Enforcement of the AML (Antitrust/Competition Alert)

Developments in International Cartel Enforcement and Leniency Agreements: 2008 to 2009 (Antitrust Review of the Americas 2010, published by Global Competition Review)

MOFCOM Clarifies Chinese Merger Review Procedures (Antitrust/Competition Alert)

Chinese Ministry of Commerce Blocks Coca-Cola's Acquisition of Huiyuan (Antitrust/Competition Alert)

US Court Rejects Immunity Arguments In Vitamin C Antitrust Lawsuit (Antitrust/Competition Alert)

Chinese Commerce Ministry Conditionally Clears InBev Group’s Acquisition of Anheuser-Busch (Antitrust/Competition Alert)

The Antimonopoly Law Takes Effect (Antitrust/Competition Alert)

Developments in International Leniency Agreements: 2007 to 2008 (The Antitrust Review of the Americas 2009, published by Global Competition Review)