Because of this blog, our China lawyers get a fairly steady stream of China law questions from readers, mostly via emails but occasionally via blog comments as well. If we were to conduct research on all the questions we get asked and then comprehensively answer them, we would become overwhelmed. So what we usually do is provide a super fast general answer and, when it is easy to do so, a link or two to a blog post that may provide some additional guidance. We figure we might as well post some of these on here as well. On Fridays, like today.
I had no idea what question to use for today but the following email (modified slightly to delete anything that might enable tracking) from this morning solved that problem for me:
I am _________ from _______, consulting company located in Spain. First of all, thank you for the informative blog posts. They have been very helpful.
My client company is a high-tech manufacturer (digital __________) and tries to expand the market to China.
Is it possible for you to recommend me some China distributors who supply to Department Stores and Home Convenient Stores?
My response to these emails is usually somewhat along the following lines:
I’m sorry but because we represent a number of similar companies who have paid us tens of thousands of dollars over the years I just can’t. I do not think it would be fair for me to take what we have learned from getting paid to represent these companies and then turn around and give that information for free to one of their competitors. I hope and trust you will understand.
There you have it. Your thoughts?