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Silly Rabbit, The Chinese Language Contract Is What Matters

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, Legal News

One of my favorite “trix” employed against American companies doing business in China is the dual language contract, where the English language version is silent on which language controls.  We often see this from companies that come to us for the first time with a contractual problem. Dual language contracts can be incredibly dangerous.  If… Continue Reading

Chinese-English Translation Of Fifty Common Legal Words

Posted in Legal News

A long time ago (before we even started this blog, I believe) one of our summer associates, Ben Kostrzewa, compiled a Chinese-English translation of fifty common legal words. I have had that list on my computer ever since and I just come across it again and figured I would run it on here so others… Continue Reading

How To Write A Chinese Contract That Works. Part II.

Posted in Legal News

A member of our China Law Blog Group on Linkedin left the following comment (modified slightly) regarding Chinese company names, prompting this post: Recently I happened to meet with a Chinese lawyer in Qingdao who told me about how the Province [Shangdong] registers the Chinese name of a company. The companies are registered only with… Continue Reading

Chinese Contracts. Because They Really Do Make A Huge Difference.

Posted in Basics of China Business Law

Renaud Anjoran left the following interesting question on the China Law Blog LinkedIn Group this morning: What is the value of the Chinese Court System?   I have been reading Dan and Steve’s China Law Blog for a while. They keep asserting the value of legally binding contracts, and note how good Chinese courts are at… Continue Reading

China Due Diligence. Review The Chinese Company Seal Cause It Matters.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

Nearly a year ago, we wrote about the importance of including “seal confirmation” in your China due diligence: One of our recurring themes is the need for due diligence when working on any business matters in China. Most foreign companies think of due diligence only when they are planning to make an investment. Most companies… Continue Reading

An Overview On Doing Business In China.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

The Legal Insight Blog has a long and comprehensive post, entitled, “Overview of Doing Business in China” [link no longer exists]. And that is exactly what it is. Written by King & Wood, one of China’s leading law firms, the post sets out the basics of China’s systems as they relate to business and it… Continue Reading

Free China Legal Advice: Do Not Sign A Contract You Do Not Understand

Posted in Legal News

The official language of China is Chinese.  If you sign a contract written in Chinese it is a valid contract whether you understand Chinese or not. Rule Number One for doing business in China: do not sign a contract in Chinese unless you know exactly what it says as you will be bound by that… Continue Reading