O’Melveny’s Bush Quoted in Wall Street Journal About China’s State Secrecy Laws

November 02, 2011


In the November 2, 2011, WSJ Blog: Deal Journal Asia, “When the Auditor Meets China’s ‘State Secrets’ Law,” O’Melveny & Myers partner Nathan Bush was quoted on Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Guarding State Secrets. Chinese companies can invoke this principle to avoid handing over documents to its auditors, according to the article. “It’s been long recognized that state secret laws in China are pliable and can be wielded by the state for a variety of ends,” said Bush, an antitrust and competition lawyer in O’Melveny’s Beijing office. “The definition of a state secret is sufficiently broad that information that passes into your hands through private parties could, in retrospect, turn out to be state secrets.”