Because of this blog, our China lawyers get a fairly steady stream of China law questions from readers, mostly via emails but occasionally via blog comments as well. If we were to conduct research on all the questions we get asked and then comprehensively answer them, we would become overwhelmed. So what we usually do is provide a super fast general answer and, when it is easy to do so, a link or two to a blog post that may provide some additional guidance. We figure we might as well post some of these on here as well. On Fridays, like today.
Our China attorneys are far too often are asked the following, usually with the following sort of lead-in:
The owner of this Chinese company has become like a brother to me. Whenever I go to China, we go out to dinner together and then drinking. He even invited me to his daughter’s wedding. Do I really need a contract with his company?
Our answer: yes.
And if we really need to explain why, then you have not been reading this blog and you either just have to trust on this or go back and read it.