Dan Harris is a founding member of Harris Bricken, an international law firm where he mostly represents companies doing business in emerging market countries. Most of his time is spent helping American and European companies navigate foreign countries by working with the international lawyers at his firm in setting up companies overseas (WFOEs, Subsidiaries, Rep Offices and Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts, protecting IP, and overseeing M&A transactions.

In addition, Dan writes and speaks extensively on international law, with a focus on protecting foreign businesses in their overseas operations. He is also a prolific and widely-followed blogger, writing as the co-author of the award-winning China Law Blog.

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Dear Elon Musk: “The Law” Is Different In Every Jurisdiction

Unless you just returned from weeks of trekking the jungles of Borneo, you know that Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has made an offer to buy Twitter for about $43 billion. The chattering classes are divided on what this may mean for their favorite communications medium, and unsurprisingly, Musk himself has weighed in. Responding

Mainland Chinese courts do not enforce U.S. judgments. Therefore, it is usually (but not always) a waste of time to bring a lawsuit in a U.S. court against a Chinese company that does not have assets in either the United States or in a country that enforces U.S. judgments.

Disputes with Chinese Companies

Disputes with Chinese companies are becoming increasingly common, yet they are not becoming any easier to resolve. Mainland Chinese courts do not enforce U.S. judgments. Therefore, it is usually (but not always) a waste of time to bring a lawsuit in a U.S. court against a Chinese company that does not have assets in either

Emerging markets success

Four Essential Principles of Emerging Market Success

In my work as an attorney representing mostly Western companies in emerging markets, I have concluded there are four essential elements to emerging market success: a good partner, an open mind, active participation, and extreme patience. I have seen enough essential similarities between such diverse countries as Russia, Korea (back when it was still an

Recognition of Foreign Judgments in US Courts

Recognition of Foreign Judgments in United States Courts

This post is on recognition of foreign judgments in United States Courts. More particularly, it is on the law U.S. courts look to when deciding whether to enforce a foreign court judgment, the foreign judgments they will enforce, and the procedures they use to determine whether to enforce. 1. Winning a foreign lawsuit is one

A Legal Checklist for Global E-Commerce Sites

A Legal Checklist for Global E-Commerce Sites

What are the legal issues involved in selling product worldwide over the internet? The following questions make up an initial checklist for companies looking to sell their products internationally over the internet. 1. What type of legal entity(ies) are you going to want? Where will you want them? These two questions must be answered in

Biden Inauguration Means Predictability for U.S. bound Investors

Biden Inauguration Means Predictability for U.S. Bound Investors

The inauguration of President Joe Biden will undoubtedly mark the start of a new era in foreign direct investment in the United States and a return to predictability for US bound investors. The U.S. has for a long time been the world’s largest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI), but the unpredictable legislative and regulatory