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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

China Fraud Season Starts Early This Year.

Posted in China Business

Last December, in a post entitled, Payment Fraud In China. This Season’s Edition, we wrote of how it has “become somewhat of a December tradition to write about China payment scams in December because history shows this is the biggest month for those.  Last December, it was Ancient China Business Scam. Back With A Vengeance This Season.” This… Continue Reading

China Factual Content (Documentary TV And Movies).

Posted in China Film Industry, Events

With so much foreign attention focused on the possibilities for drama in China it is easy at times to overlook the nation’s thirst for foreign-produced or foreign-formatted factual content. The recent announcement of BBC Worldwide’s deal with CCTV is a timely reminder that factual content can succeed in an environment where reality and elimination formats are… Continue Reading

How To Conduct China Due Diligence. Just Ask.

Posted in China Business, 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

The One Time China Product Purchase. Please Don’t.

Posted in China Business

I am tired of feeling bad for people/companies who call or email me to say that they just bought this or that from China and they did not receive it or what they received is not even close to what they ordered and paid for.  Happened to me twice yesterday: Restaurant owner in the Midwest… Continue Reading

China M&A 101. Eight Tips For Doing It Right.

Posted in China Business

Just got a PR email touting a podcast by John Jullens, a Partner at Booz & Company based in Shanghai.  The podcast sets out eight “best practices” for partnering with a Chinese business and though none of the eight should be the least bit earth shattering for anyone doing business in China or with China,… Continue Reading

China Importation 101

Posted in China Business, Legal News

China is evolving and certain things that were “no big deal” five years ago are a big deal now. Dealing with China customs law is a prime example of that. My law firm does not generally handle routine customs matters, believing that they are better left to non-lawyers who specialize in that; it just usually… Continue Reading

The Reverse China Scam. Coming Soon To Your Hometown.

Posted in China Business

I am constantly giving speeches on protecting intellectual property from China.  I used to start that talk with something like the following: If you are doing business with or in China, you have to plan on someone in China making a play for your Intellectual Property.  It’s not a matter of if, but when. It… Continue Reading

Doing Business In China Safely. The Due Diligence Basics.

Posted in China Business

The below comes from an article I wrote a couple years ago for a manufacturing magazine.  I am reprising it today after having just communicated with a company that could sorely have stood to have read it.  The point here is that it is possible to do business in China safely, simply by following some… Continue Reading

China Due Diligence. Cause You Aren’t In Kansas Anymore.

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Once my law firm brought on a lawyer from Kansas (who loves to say that she followed the yellow brick road to the Emerald City), I felt compelled to stop with the “you aren’t in Kansas anymore” tropes.  But I just couldn’t resist just this one time. A loyal reader emailed me a link the other… Continue Reading

A Checklist For International (China Too) Acquisitions

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Every lawyer loves a great checklist, particularly those relating to company acquisitions, where checklists are so critical. Adam O. Emmerich, a leading M & A lawyer with super-firm Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, recently wrote a Checklist for Successful Acquisitions in the U.S. for The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (h/t to International… Continue Reading

Chinese Accounting Scandals. Simple Is As Simple Does.

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No fewer than three people have sent me an article, entitled, “The Simplicity of Chinese Accounting Scandals.”  All three people raved about the article, one going so far as to use the term “revelatory” in describing it.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.  There is absolutely nothing revelatory about it and that is the heart of the problem…. Continue Reading

Selling In And Into China. Four Good Tips And Mine.

Posted in China Business

The New York Times has an excellent article on doing business in China. The article is entitled, “New Path for Trade: Selling in China,” and it is replete with good advice.  Except mine. Let me explain. The article is on selling goods in or into China and it talks of the great opportunities there and… Continue Reading

China Business Scams And How To Avoid Them

Posted in Basics of China Business Law

It is becoming increasingly easy to blame the “victim” of China business disasters. In my experience, when bad things happen to good people who do business in China, it is nearly always the “good” person’s fault.  Like many lawyers who work with China, I have a ready set of horror stories to illustrate this phenomenon:… Continue Reading

Batman vs. Spider-Man vs. China Film Group

Posted in China Film Industry

This post is a guest post by Matthew Dresden, one of my firm’s China attorneys. Matthew is fluent in Chinese and also conversant in Thai. Before attending law school, Matthew spent eight years in Hollywood, as an independent filmmaker and as a production executive for Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons Pictures.  Matthew now mixes his China… Continue Reading

Faked In China: Even The Universities Aren’t Immune

Posted in China Business

Danwei ran a story, “University Diploma Scandal in Jinan,” on a fake Chinese university.  This story is directly relevant for those doing business in China.  Let me explain. The story is from the Jinan times.  Jinan is the capital of Shandong Province. I have been there a couple of times and it is no backwater. … 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

A China Factory Inspection Checklist

Posted in China Business

Client sent this to me the other day because he liked it and I do too. The “this” is a China factory inspections checklist compiled by Carson Block (pre-Muddy Waters), for the Doing Business in China for Dummies book.  The list is online here and it suggests that your on site factory due diligence consist… Continue Reading

China Due Diligence. Cause It Really Really Really Matters.

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As you can tell, I am a big fan of The Rule of Threes. Back in September, 2011, I wrote a post regarding a China deal that appeared to have badly soured. The post was entitled, China FDI, Whatever Happened To Show Me? and it was on a China deal that went bad for the… Continue Reading

Seeking Genuine Apple Product From China? Go To Sanlitun.

Posted in China Business

Just got my third email this week from someone who bought tens of thousands of dollars worth of “iPhones” from someone in China only to receive rank fakes. All three emailers were so blinded by the idea of buying iPhones at ridiculously low prices that they did nothing to make sure the sellers were legitimate,… Continue Reading

Investing In China. A Few Things To Consider.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

I recently read an email from co-blogger Steve to one of our existing clients. Our client was seeking legal advice regarding a potential China joint venture investment. Steve responded with a very long email, some of which I can reveal here and some of which I cannot. I am running an excerpt from that email… Continue Reading

China Scam Week?

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Though I am constantly getting calls from companies that have been scammed in their China dealings, it is rare that I learn of two (probably three) scams in one week (and it is only Wednesday) It is also rare that they are as interesting as the ones I will be describing.  Add in this Reuters… Continue Reading

China Due Diligence. It Is Different.

Posted in China Business

Danwei is just out with a fascinating post by Jeremy Goldkorn, entitled, “Business Travel magazine cheats on audit.” The post is on a letter sent out by BPA, “the global organization that audits the circulation of print publications.” The BPA letter discusses how “Business Travel magazine (商务旅行) has been kicked off BPA’s list of audited… Continue Reading