Basics of China Business Law

International litigation lawyer

Chinese companies love using China-style force majeure provisions to take advantage of foreign companies unfamiliar with Chinese law. Our China lawyers (mostly our China contract and dispute resolution lawyers) see this all the time. It is common for international contracts to include a force majeure provision, but those proposed by Chinese companies are anything but

Old pirates, yes, they rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
— Bob Marley’s Redemption Song

The 125th Canton Fair will kick off on April 15th. For those unfamiliar with the event (formally known as the China Import and Export Fair), it is China’s largest trade show, held biannually in Guangzhou (historically known

Under U.S. pressure, China recently adopted a new Foreign Investment Law 中华人民共和国外商投资法 (“FIL”) that had been under discussion for several years. Many believe this law will lead to foreign invested enterprises being treated the same as domestic Chinese private businesses. Unfortunately (and not surprisingly), the existing system that limits foreign participation in China’s economy

China employment discrimination lawyers

A few weeks ago, China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and its Ministry of Education (and seven other departments) released a notice regarding women’s employment. Here is a quick overview of this important notice.

The notice makes clear that gender discrimination during recruitment or in hiring is prohibited. Employers are generally prohibited from

China confidentiality agreements trade secret agreementsAs part of our China company formation work, our China lawyers help our clients with their employment matters that arise before, during and after their China entity (usually a WFOE) is formed. Among other things, we draft the employment documents needed for a newly established WFOE. When a WFOE is up and running, it needs

Five Keys to a Good China ContractI hate when someone claims China does not enforce contracts — that just happened. I hate this because it is mostly just not true. Yes, if you are seeking to protect your cutting-edge semiconductors based on a a contract enforceable in China, your odds are not good. But if, on the other hand, you are

China employment lawyersAmending a major term (position/pay) of your China employee’s employment contract involves considerable risk and therefore requires substantial care.

Let’s consider a fairly recent case in Jiangsu province. The employee was hired as a senior engineer for product design and development. The employee made roughly RMB 7,000 per month before leaving his job. Several years

China employment lawyersUnilaterally terminating a female employee in China, especially one who is pregnant, nearly always leads to the terminated employee bringing some sort of legal action. Though there are a few legally permissible grounds for an employer unilaterally terminating a pregnant employee without having to pay severance, those grounds are few and far between and the