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Join Our China Law Blog Group On Linkedin

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business, China Film Industry, China Travel, Events, Good People, Legal News, Recommended Reading

We started a China Law Blog Group on Linkedin with the goal of creating a spam-free source for China networking, information and discussion. We now have nearly 8,500 members and, more importantly, a number of lively discussions. We have had some absolutely terrific discussions, both based on the numbers (a number of the discussions have received around 100 comments… Continue Reading

Four Keys To A China Joint Venture That Works

Posted in Legal News

Not sure why joint ventures seem to go in waves, but our China lawyers have been getting more than usual lately. I suspect it has something to do with increased flexibility on the Chinese side as a reaction to recent fears regarding China’s economy. In any event, our recent joint venture work has gotten me… Continue Reading

How To Do A China Joint Venture. Take Your Sweet Time.

Posted in China Business, Internet, Legal News

As regular readers know, both my co-blogger (Steve Dickinson) and I have written extensively on China Joint Ventures, both here and elsewhere. This is because we find them fascinating, mostly because they are so difficult to make work. Here are some of our previous writings on joint ventures in China that focus on when to… Continue Reading

How To Conduct China Due Diligence. Just Ask.

Posted in China Business, Internet, Legal News

Buying a Chinese company?  Looking to do a China Joint Venture?  Looking to use a Chinese company to distribute your product in China?  Licensing your technology?  Just want some good widgets from a reliable China supplier?  Everyone will tell you that before agreeing to anything you should do your due diligence to make sure that… Continue Reading

China Joint Ventures Are Back And Contracts Are The New In Thing. The New Reality Of China Foreign Investment.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

During the first 25 years of China’s opening up process, joint ventures were the favored vehicle for FDI in China. In 2005, the favored form of investment shifted away from JVs to direct investment through WOFEs (Wholly Foreign Owned Entities). During the last year, however, foreign SMEs have been shifting away from WFOEs and back… Continue Reading

China Joint Ventures. Watching The Sausage Get Made.

Posted in Legal News

Not sure why (the still bad economy?) but my law firm has been getting a rash of China joint venture deals and possible deals over the last six months or so.  Many of these have involved a United States company that wants to enter into a Joint Venture with its China manufacturer so as to… Continue Reading

How To Form A China Company (WFOE or JV). Hong Kong Entities. They’re Baaaaack.

Posted in Legal News

By: Steve Dickinson When making a WFOE (Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise) or JV (Joint Venture) investment in China, the investor must consider: who will be the shareholder in the PRC entity? Will the investor invest directly, or will the investor create a special purpose subsidiary company  (an SPV or Special Purpose Vehicle/a/k/a SPE or Special… Continue Reading

China Joint Ventures And WFOEs. Don’t Jump The Gun On Your Capital Contribution.

Posted in Internet, Legal News

Not sure why (the bad economy?) but we have been getting a rash of China joint venture deals and possible deals over the last six months or so, many of which involve a United States company wanting to enter into a Joint Venture with their China manufacturer so as to work jointly on manufacturing and… Continue Reading

How To Survive A China Joint Venture. Or Not.

Posted in Internet, Legal News

Earlier this week, I was talking with a client regarding a potential China Joint Venture (JV).  In our initial conversation, I told him of how difficult and yet important it is to do joint ventures correctly from a legal perspective and of how negotiating joint venture deals can be so time consuming and then had… Continue Reading

China Joint Ventures That Work.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

As regular readers of this blog know, we are not generally fans of China joint ventures. Our view is that if you as a foreign company are not required Chinese law to form a joint venture with a Chinese company in order to accomplish your China plans, you would in most cases (but not all)… Continue Reading

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Wants You For What Your China Joint Venture Did.

Posted in Legal News

We are always writing about how the United States Department of Justice is expanding its prosecution of Foreign Corrupt Practices cases and how that directly impacts your China business. Those previous posts include the following: China Bribes And Transparency: Why The FCPA Matters China And The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Sometimes You Just Have… Continue Reading

Eight Big Mistakes To Avoid In China.

Posted in China Business, Internet, Legal News

One of the favorite topics among China lawyers is the big mistakes they have seen their clients, rejected clients, and others make when trying to navigate China. The discussion usually transpires with one attorney telling the facts, with the others then giving a knowing laugh and nod and then trying to top it. Had this… Continue Reading

The Basics On Doing Business In China.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

Beijinger Magazine recently did a really nice article on our blog,entitled, “Blogging the Law.” The article is mostly an interview with me and it nicely distills the basics for doing business in China. On the business side, it first addresses China’s current climate for foreign businesses:  How would you describe the government’s present attitude towards foreign… Continue Reading

Fear The China Joint Venture And Front-Load Your China Licensing Agreements.

Posted in Internet, Legal News

The China Economic Review just published a piece on China business relationships by Andrew Hupert, a professor of negotiation at NYU in Shanghai. The article is entitled, “Trouble in commercial paradise,” and its thesis is that Chinese companies usually view their relationships with Western companies as short-term. Hupert starts out by talking of how even… Continue Reading

The Fake China Joint Venture, Made Real Through Marriage?

Posted in Internet, Legal News

Just got this email, which is not too dissimilar from other emails and phone calls I have previously received: Like I said before, I’m really enjoying your series on China Law Blog on starting a business in China. It’s something I might try myself someday. I’d be really interested in hearing about a foreigner starting… Continue Reading

Danone vs. Wahaha. Danone vs. China Law Blog. Ogilvy vs. Steve Dickinson. Have I Missed Anyone?

Posted in Legal News

A couple months ago, China Law Blog’s own Steve Dickinson wrote an article for the China Economic Review, entitled, “Danone v. Wahaha: Steven M. Dickinson on the lessons to be learned from the tensions within China’s largest beverage joint venture.” Danone, acting through its public relations firm, Ogilvy “responded” to Steve’s article, with its own… Continue Reading

Danone v. Wahaha — Which Of Us Is The Most China Rookie?

Posted in Internet, Legal News

‘You sit by yourself grasshopper. What do you think of?’ -Master Po ‘My mother, my father. Both gone. I am alone.’ ‘You hear the flock of birds flying overhead? You hear the fish? The beetle?’ To all of this the young Caine nods. ‘In this crowded place you feel alone. Which of us is the… Continue Reading

Beware The China Joint Venture, But Do Not Ignore It Completely

Posted in Legal News

The other day I did a post, entitled, “Beware The China Joint Venture,” where I again railed against doing joint ventures in China.  It listed six of my previous posts highlighting problems with joint ventures. Kent Kedl, of Technomic Asia, which describes itself as “a strategic consultancy firm whose mission is to assist globally expanding… Continue Reading

China — Not Just For Americans Anymore

Posted in Good People

The title is, of course (you did realize it, right?), a joke.  But the point is we Americans sometimes fail to realize the global forces affecting us affect more than just us. La Gaceta De Los Negocios (“The Journal of Business”), oftentimes referred to as “Spain’s Wall Street Journal,” just did a big story on… Continue Reading

The Motley Fool Is Foolish On China

Posted in Internet, Legal News

The Motley Fool, a hugely popular investment advice site, recently did an article on Home Depot’s planned expansion into China, entitled, “Home Depot Sells Fine China.”  The article talks about how Home Depot is looking to buy a 49% stake in Orient Home, a leading do-it-yourself China retailer. The article correctly notes that for big… Continue Reading

Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics and Making Lots of Money in China

Posted in China Business

Excellent China Challenges post, entitled, “The New York Times and China Trade,”  on media and political manipulation of China trade numbers. The post highlights a NY Times article by David Barboza, entitled, “Some Assembly Needed: China as Asia’s Factory,” for “finally” making “the critical point that ‘Made in China’ is often times ‘Made by Someone… Continue Reading

China is Booming — Go There for Growth, Part III, Retail Works Just Fine

Posted in China Business

China Daily just ran a story entitled, “Tesiro Unveils Sparkling Diamond Strategy,”discussing Belgian diamond brand Tesiro’s plans to spend 100 million dollars to open over 300 stores in China in the coming three to five years.  The plan is for 20 to 30 per cent of the stores to be wholly owned by the company,… Continue Reading

Getty Images On Doing Business in China

Posted in China Business

The China Stock Blog [link no longer exists] posted today on Getty Images‘  approach to China.  Getty is one of the world’s leading image companies, storing and providing images mostly to the media and to companies.  Getty launched Getty Images China in 2005. The China Stock Blog post is on the China portion of a… Continue Reading