Arlo Kipfer

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China Contracts and the Unknown Counterparty

Whenever one of our China lawyers drafts an agreement for a client doing business in China, one of the first things we ask is the identity of the Chinese counterparty. It’s a deceptively simple question. The typical Chinese manufacturer (for example) is composed of multiple entities, with complicated lines of ownership. One entity may run

International Manufacturing Lawyers

Money for Nothing: Paying Chinese Suppliers in Hong Kong or Singapore

Your China manufacturer asks you to send its payment to a bank account in another jurisdiction, such as Hong Kong or Singapore. Should you agree? Probably not. When working with our clients that are having their products manufactured in China (or in various other leading manufacturing countries such as Taiwan, Thailand, Mexico, Poland, Vietnam, India,

China education lawyer

The Evolutionary Arc of China’s Private School Law

Whenever an impactful revised law is issued in China, our lawyers see two things happen: panic by those now caught operating illegally, or dismissal by those motivated to make all things China seem rosy. Recently, there has been much concern and buzz around the latest revision to China’s laws on the Implementation of the Private

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Your China Risk Factors in These Tense Times

China is (again) in the midst of a concerted government crackdown against foreign companies doing business in China. And if that is not bad enough, if your country has been deemed by China to have disrespected it by speaking out against forced labor or enhancing diplomatic relations with Taiwan, your own expatriate staff themselves may

So You Want to Start an International School? Legal Structure and Local Partner

Demand for English-based and Western-style education is still running high in many countries around the world. An ever-increasing number of wealthy locals want to prepare their children to attend elite universities abroad and this has created clear demand for suitable schools. However, starting a private school in a foreign country is actually very difficult even