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.

China COVID Predictions

Will China’s COVID Re-Opening be Good or Bad for Business?

In What Does a Re-Opened China (Without Quarantine) Mean for Foreign Business? Renaud Anjoran of Sofeast Group looks at what China’s “COVID re-opening” will mean for foreign businesses. Let me begin by saying that I count Renaud among the group of people I consider most qualified to answer a question like this. I say this

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China Internal Company Frauds

Most of what we write about frauds involving China are about frauds perpetrated by Chinese companies against foreign companies. But as a reader recently emailed me, frauds perpetrated within foreign companies in China “are at least as common and every bit as damaging.” I agree, and today’s post highlights six of the most common internal

China contract jurisdiction

Choosing the Jurisdiction for Your China Contract Disputes

I love when blog posts come pre-written. In cleaning out old emails today I found one from one of my law firm’s international dispute resolution lawyers to a Canadian client’s in-house lawyer who had proposed writing a contract that would give the client the choice of suing its Chinese counter-party in either Canada or China.

Shutting down a China WFOE

How To Close A China WFOE

1. Foreign Companies Are Leaving China Foreign companies are tiring of the difficulties and the risks that come from doing business in China. Not surpisingly, our China lawyers have been getting a ton of questions on how to close a China WFOE. It is difficult and time-consuming to form a WFOE in China. As you

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China Scams: The Holiday Edition

One of our oldest and most cherished traditions is to write about China scams at the end of every year. We do this because history shows this is the biggest month for them. Scammers increase their activities at the end of the year, hoping to be less noticed/less examined due to the usual end of

China Joint Venture laws

China Joint Ventures: Everything You Should Know

Despite (or in many cases because of) the increasing difficulties foreign companies face in doing business in China, there remains nearly as much interest in China joint ventures as ever. Our China lawyers have also seen a recent uptick in companies needing help with failed and failing joint ventures, which is to be expected as

Mexico versus China for manufacturing

Three Things Everyone Leaving China for Mexico Should Know

Mexico is about to be transformed into a major commercial & manufacturing center – but it’s not trying to be the “factory of the world” and it never will be. If you manufacture products for the US market (or supply companies that do), Mexico will play a bigger role in your business decisions. If you are in certain high-tech sectors, or rely heavily on OEM or contract manufacturing, Mexico may present more challenges than benefits

International Manufacturing Lawyers

How to Avoid Getting Scammed When Buying Product Overseas (Including from Alibaba)

It is a helluva lot easier and cheaper to avoid losing money than to recover money that has already been lost. Whether you use Alibaba or not, there are certain "rules" you should follow when sourcing products from China and those rules include (1) conducting due diligence on your potential supplier, (2) protecting your IP, and (3) having a good contract with your supplier. And yes, all of this applies no matter what the color star your supplier has on Alibaba.