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Steve focuses on assisting foreign companies in doing business in and with China. He prides himself on working in the “real” China: the world of factories, fish plants, and farms that lie outside of Beijing and Shanghai. Having mastered the Chinese language and legal system, Steve’s unique expertise makes him an invaluable resource to Harris Bricken's clients.

Having lived in China for years, and having mastered both its language and its legal system, Steve’s unique expertise makes him an invaluable resource for our clients. His work is done entirely in the Chinese language, which gives him a much deeper and more accurate understanding of the source material than can be obtained through translations or second-hand reports. It also greatly increases efficiency and reduces costs.

Steve spends his free time reading Chinese poetry and philosophy and participating in Qingdao Hash House Harrier runs.

China lawyers

This post focuses on protecting against intellectual property losses arise from what we call leakage — the situation where a company has a contract preventing its foreign counter-party (usually a foreign manufacturer) from using its proprietary information, but fails to prevent that information from leaking to third parties not bound by such a contract.

When

China problem solving

Our China lawyers are often called in to fix things that have gone wrong between a Chinese business and a foreign company. The style for dealing with problems in China is much different than in the West and it behooves foreigners to learn the Chinese style of dealing with problems.

If you are trying to

China government hacking/data privacy

The Chinese government and its state controlled banks have worked hard over the last decade to “digitize” financial reporting and procedures. These days, a business operating in China virtually never needs to visit a Chinese government agency office or a bank. Transactions and reporting are done online.

For normal daily operations, this means all of