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Doing Business in China: Bring Your Own Interpreter

Posted in China Business

You’ve come all the way to China to talk to a prospective business partner. Maybe it’s an investor or maybe it’s a buyer. China is a big market. And you’ve heard there’s a lot of money here too. After you arrive in town the Chinese are so helpful. They know you can’t speak their language…. Continue Reading

Starting A China Business: The Eight IP Questions You Should Be Asking

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, Legal News

The below is a modification of a ten item list on the Heerlaw website. That list was geared towards Canada; this one is geared towards China. The Heerlaw list starts out advising new companies to concern themselves “with intellectual property rights at the start of any new business.” It goes on to note that if your new… Continue Reading

Best Practices for Doing Business in China: The Two Minute Version

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business, Legal News

I often “clean” my computer on Saturday and in doing so today I found an email that contained my notes from an AmCham talk I gave four or five years ago in Beijing, focusing on what it takes to conduct business in China successfully. If I recall correctly, I was on a panel with a… Continue Reading

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

Doing Business In China. The Policy Matters.

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I spoke last year at a doing business in China conference where the keynote speaker stressed the need for companies doing business with China to adjust their China business plans to China’s Five-Year Plan. If you want to know where China is going over the next five years, read its Five-Year plan, as China has… Continue Reading

Doing Business In China. Writ Large.

Posted in China Business

When we first started this blog, the media was obsessed with “doing business in China stories.” Nearly every week there would be a good first person account from someone recounting what it is/was like to do business in China. I often found those pieces quite helpful as they tended to deal with on the ground… Continue Reading

The Big Four Accounting Firms In China. THE Book.

Posted in Recommended Reading

I am about to heartily recommend a book that I have not read, nor even seen. The book is The Big Four and the Development of the Accounting Profession in China (Studies in the Development of Accounting Thought, by Paul Gillis. And despite not having read the book, I am quite certain it will make for… Continue Reading

China Business The Right Or The Wrong Way. The Home Office/China Office Tension.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

One of the tougher issues we as China lawyers face is what we call the Home Office/China Office tension. These situations are tough for us because we are so often put smack dab in the middle. Let me explain. On the one side you have the US home office, often replete with well trained in-house… Continue Reading

Doing Business in China with an Asia Strategy

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Had a great discussion with a bunch of our China lawyers the other day regarding how so many of our clients are expanding in Asia beyond China and of how so many of them have an Asia strategy, of which China is just one large part and usually initial part. We then talked of how… Continue Reading

Paying Your Non-Chinese Employees In Your China WFOE: Splitting The Salary, Part 1

Posted in Legal News

This post is by Grace Yang, one of our China lawyers resident in Beijing. Grace has her B.A. from Beijing University and her J.D. (law degree) from the University of Washington. Grace is licensed to practice law in Washington and New York States and she will be sitting for the China bar exam this fall…. Continue Reading

Ten Keys For Doing Business In China. A New List.

Posted in China Business

Okay, no sooner do I tout a list of ten keys for doing business in China but a loyal reader sends me another such list by which he swears. This list was created by Michael Witt, an INSEAD Professor of Asian Business and it makes up a Forbes article, entitled, The Ten Principles For Doing Business… Continue Reading

China’s Anti-Corruption Drive. What Next?

Posted in China Business

Had lunch the other day with a bunch of people I consider to be China experts (to the extent there is any such thing).  During our lunch, GSK’s China corruption issues came up and we mused as to what was really happening in China by way of anti-corruption enforcement.  The following views were expressed: China… Continue Reading

How To Shut Down Or Sell Your China WFOE

Posted in China Business, Legal News

As China’s economy continues to contract, our China lawyers are getting an increasing number of inquiries from companies seeking to sell their China WFOEs. In fact, we are aware of the following currently on the market: A Shanghai consulting WFOE A Beijing consulting WFOE A Dalian manufacturing WFOE Back in May, in Buying And Selling China… Continue Reading

On Using A China Translator

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Got an email the other day from a China business consultant I know.  The email (modified a bit so as not to hide information) follows: Hello Dan, A quick question/insight into the Chinese business mind. We are set to go to China next month with a client and I suggested we hire a professional translator… Continue Reading

Doing Business With China. The Ten Keys.

Posted in China Business

A friend emailed me a post the other day and asked me if I agreed with him that it was the “most helpful post your blog has done for helping foreign companies doing business with China.” My response was that I wasn’t sure, but that it certainly ranked up there and that it had been… Continue Reading

What To Read For Doing Business In China. A List.

Posted in China Business, Internet, Recommended Reading

China veteran Andrew Hupert (of ChinaSolved) recently did a post listing his daily China reads for business. Andrew puts the following sites on his feedly.com reader (I too use Feedly) and he says he spends 15-30 minutes a day skimming these sites for China business information. Though I have no beef with any of the… Continue Reading

China IP Litigation Exploding And What That Means For Those Doing Business In China

Posted in Legal News

Just came across an interesting post with a not so interesting title on the China IPR Blog: IP Developments in Beijing.  The post starts out discussing how “due to the rapid increase in IP cases in the Beijing Number 1 Intermediate Court, particularly IP cases involving patent and trademark validity, the Beijing Intermediate Court will split its… Continue Reading

Getting Service Business Work From China Companies. Or Not.

Posted in China Business

Time takes a cigarette, puts it in your mouth You pull on your finger, then another finger, then your cigarette The wall-to-wall is calling, it lingers, then you forget Oh how how how, you’re a rock ‘n’ roll suicide You’re too old to lose it, too young to choose it David Bowie, Rock ‘n’ Roll… Continue Reading

The Double Standard “Tax” On Foreign Companies Doing Business In China. What To Do?

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Just read a highly relevant post by Ben Shobert (it’s sheer coincidence that I am having lunch with him today) on The Ethical Challenges of Doing Business in China’s Healthcare Economy. Though Ben’s post focuses on health care companies, it applies to virtually all foreign companies doing business in China. Ben’s post stems from an MBA… Continue Reading

Buying A China WFOE. Difficult But Not Impossible.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

The other day we did a post on how to shut down a China WFOE, entitled, How To Shut Down Your China Operations. In that post, we mentioned the possibility of selling your China WFOE to an employee or employees or selling it to another foreign company looking to go into China. We got the following… Continue Reading

How To Shut Down Your China Operations

Posted in China Business, Legal News

Our China lawyers have been seeing a massive increase in inquiries from American companies looking to close down their operations in China. On top of that, I shared an early morning taxi today from my airport hotel to O’Hare with a guy who was heading to China to aid in shutting down his company’s China… Continue Reading

Doing Business In China. Get Your Legal Act Together Or Get Out.

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Just sent an email to an American company setting out the basics of what it should be looking for in the initial stages of determining whether it wants to invest in another American company that has a WFOE in China. The list included that the American company make sure that the China WFOE is properly… Continue Reading

Doing Business In China. The Opportunities And The Challenges.

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Just read a really good article in the China Business Review by William Edwards, a global franchise consultant, entitled, The Pros and Cons of Franchising in China. As its title implies, the article is on franchising in China, but the part I liked most has universal applicability for those looking at doing a consumer business of… Continue Reading

Six Great Tips For Doing Business In China. Old School Is Today’s School.

Posted in China Business, Internet

Got an email today from a reader who wanted to let us know how much a particular blog post that we did way back in 2006 had helped his company. The post this emailer was extolling was James McGregor’s China Tips and he wanted to know whether I thought all of McGregor’s advice was still relevant. Boy… Continue Reading