Header graphic for print
China Law Blog China Law for Business

Tag Archives: rep office

China Rep Office Hiring Rules

Posted in Legal News

Just updated our research regarding China Representative Office rules relating to employees and note the following. Q.  How many foreigners can work for the Rep Office? What is the proper term for referring to these employees? A.  A Rep Office may hire no more than four foreign persons, each of whom is called a representative…. 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

The Best Way To Do Business With China. Joint Venture, Rep Office, Licensing Agreement, Distributorship, Export Selling?

Posted in China Business, Internet

Richard Brubaker over at All Roads Lead to China just did an interesting post on the return of China Joint Ventures. The post is entitled “Who is up for another round of Joint Ventures,” and its thesis is that China is getting tougher on foreigners so foreigners are reconsidering the value of a Joint Venture… Continue Reading

Doing Business In China By Starting A Business In China. The Legal Basics.

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

One of the most common calls my law firm receives is the one from someone saying that they want to “start a business in China.” The first thing we do with that sort of caller is to seek to ascertain whether a China business is actually necessary.  Forming and then operating a business entity in… Continue Reading

Selling Your Product Into China. What You Need To Know.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

ABC News is pushing (I received two different emails from ABC on it) a Diane Sawyer/ABC News clip entitled, “‘Made in America’ Products Selling in China.” Though it is the proverbial 3.28 minute puff piece, it is right on the big picture. There are huge opportunities to sell American product and American products are viewed… Continue Reading

China Rep Offices, Bankruptcies And The Perils Of Being Chief Representative

Posted in Legal News

I know I keep reading how China’s economy is just fine, but my firm just keeps getting more inquiries and more work relating to shutting down offices and companies in China.  Of those, the most heartbreaking are coming from Chief Representatives of China Representative Offices who are concerned about their own liabilities when their China… Continue Reading

You Have Registered Your China Company/IP, Now Pay Up. NO DON’T.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

We should have written on this years ago, but since it has never presented a real problem for my firm’s clients, it just never really rose to a level that it occurred to me. My mistake. The it to which I am referring is the send out a bill scam to whomever has just registered… Continue Reading

Is China Moving Against Unregistered Companies?

Posted in China Business, Legal News

Got an unusual phone call from a client yesterday. The client is an American company that conducts business with China, not in China. This means that there is absolutely no legal requirement that it have a Chinese entity such as a WFOE or a Joint Venture or a Rep Office. What it does with China… Continue Reading

Leasing Requirements For A China WFOE To Be, Part II.

Posted in Legal News

Last week I did a quick post on the leasing requirements for forming a WFOE. That post generated some excellent comments/questions, hence, this Part II. A couple people asked about the legality of “virtual offices.”  Virtual offices were once common in China though as far as I know, they have always been 100% improper for… Continue Reading

Quasi-Legal In China. Not The Place You Want To Be.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

This post is essentially a re-running of a post we did at the end of last year. We are re-running it because as China’s economy starts to waver, the Chinese government seems to have stepped up both its tax collection and its closing of illegal foreign businesses another notch. I received two calls just last… Continue Reading

China’s Internet Is Not Your Father’s Internet

Posted in China Business, Internet, Recommended Reading

I cannot tell you how many times we have had to explain to people why we do not have a Chinese language version of our China Law Blog, but each time the explanation is the same. Our blog posts are written for Western businesses already in or doing business with China, or looking to do… Continue Reading

The Most Common China Law Issues.

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

Clients, potential clients and the press are always asking me what foreign companies that do business in China need to know to stay out of legal trouble.  Next time I get such a question, I will refer them to the list below as it sets out the most common legal issues foreign companies face when… Continue Reading

It’s Your Business. Not Your Chinese Partner’s.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

If you are a foreign business, it will not be easy or cheap for you to set up a business to operate legally in China. The following is just the most basic of lists of what you need to do to set up and operate legally in China: Register your legal entity in China. This… Continue Reading

How To Form a China WFOE. Scope Really Really Matters.

Posted in China Business, Legal News

Pretty much every week my law firm gets contacted by an American or European company with big plans for China. Almost invariably (and this is a good thing), this company has spent tens of thousands of dollars in researching China for their business and in travelling back and forth to China to scope things out…. Continue Reading

How To Start A China Business — Representative Office

Posted in Basics of China Business Law

I am always saying that for every 100 China WFOEs and Joint Ventures my law firm helps set up in China, it does one representative office. Why so few, when it is generally agreed that representative offices are the easiest type of offices for foreign firms to set up in China? Because the inherent limitations… Continue Reading

9spaces — China/US Business Portal

Posted in Internet, Recommended Reading

New and different Chinese business website: 9spaces.com [link no longer exists]. It has big ambitions and people and funding behind it such that it may actually realize them. 9spaces bills itself as the online portal for managing your US/China relationships, research and referrals: Starting a business in China? Looking for contacts or employees? Incorporating a… Continue Reading