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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 or phone calls, 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 we usually provide a quick general answer and, when it is easy to do so, a link or two to a blog post that provides some additional guidance. We figure we might as well post some of these on here as well, which we generally do on Fridays, like today.

Towards the end of every year our China lawyers get questions related to the upcoming year, but never more so than this month. It should go without saying that there have been a lot of changes in and with China in 2019 and so it makes sense that people want to know what changes we expect for 2020 and how we see the 2019 changes impacting 2020.

With all that has happened in 2019, it would take far too much space to cover their impacts on 2020, so for a full run-down you will need to read more on this blog. Here I am going to simply highlight the big two: China’s New Corporate Social Credit System (a/k/a China’s New Company Tracking System) and China’s New Cybersecurity Laws. These two things are most likely to have the most impact on foreign companies in 2020. To me, the strongest proof of this is the number of companies that have requested our law firm audit their companies on these two things to better prepare them for 2020.

Check out China’s New Company Tracking System: Comply, Comply, Comply for how China’s company tracking system will impact foreign businesses in 2020 and check out How China’s New CyberSecurity Laws Can (Will?) Destroy Your Business for the impact of China’s cybersecurity laws.

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Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network. 

Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network.  His work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

He was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), is rated 10.0 by AVVO.com (also its highest rating), and is a recognized SuperLawyer.

Dan is a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and constantly travels between the United States and Asia. He most commonly speaks on China law issues and is the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog. Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed Dan regarding various aspects of his international law practice.

Dan is licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at his firm, Dan focuses on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.