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Jonathan is co-chair of Harris Bricken’s corporate practice group, where he focuses on international and domestic business transactions. He discovered his love of foreign locales, people, and languages in his early adult years after moving from “small town” Wisconsin, to Hong Kong and then to Sichuan, China. Jonathan is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese and consistently works to enhance his language and business expertise so he can best assist our clients with their varied international and domestic projects. Jonathan co-hosts Harris Bricken's weekly Global Law and Business podcast, which covers legal and economic developments in locales around the world to decipher global trends in law and business with the help from international guests.

Jonathan studied international business and international law at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., earning both JD and MBA degrees. He describes himself as a businessperson who went to law school rather than a lawyer who studied business. Jonathan’s business clients value his ability to think like a business owner as he provides sound legal guidance while maintaining key business issues at the forefront of the discussion.

In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his young family, bouncing on their trampoline, playing hide-and-seek, enjoying the outdoors, playing any sport involving a ball, learning guitar, and working on his Spanish.

China contracts

I have never handled a DUI, a divorce, or any type of litigation, not even for friends or family. I have never negotiated with a union, navigated customs, immigration, or import/export duties, drafted a pension plan, or handled a bankruptcy. I could go on for pages listing out the legal matters I have never handled

China future business

Even with the current bilateral unrest in the U.S.-China relationship, the China market is still attractive because of its growing middle class (approximately 400 million) and its relatively easy plug-and-play manufacturing environment. A review of China’s manufacturing production over the past year shows that China hurt in Q1 of 2020 but continued apace starting in

Doing business in ChinaIn late June, China provided its 2020 updates to its Special Administrative Measures on Access to Foreign Investment (the “Negative List”), which outlines the economic sectors where foreign investment is prohibited or limited in some way. These 2020 updates were jointly issued by the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and the Ministry of Commerce

manufacturing contracts

Recently we have worked on several matter that involved reviewing multiple contracts and weeks’ worth of emails and WeChat correspondence to piece together how a China manufacturing deal went awry, with the aim to salvage the relationship between the Chinese manufacturer and our client, but mostly with the aim to determine whether we can help

Moving your manufacturing Out Of China

In addition to my regular legal practice advising companies on relocating their manufacturing or business operations around the world, I have over the last few months given a number of presentations in-person (pre-Covid-19) and online (during-Covid-19) about the opportunities and challenges of relocating internationally. Some of these presentations you can now view online: Effects of