Jonathan Bench

Jonathan is chair of Harris Bricken’s corporate practice group, where he helps public and private companies with international and domestic business transactions. His clientele includes companies from Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Jonathan has worked and consulted in the U.S., Asia, and South America and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.

Jonathan co-hosts Harris Bricken’s weekly Global Law and Business podcast, which covers legal and economic business developments around the world.

Moving manufacturing from China to Mexico

Leaving China for Mexico: Lessons from the Ground

Leaving China for Mexico and alternative manufacturing destinations has been on every CEO’s mind for years. A couple of weeks ago, I joined a trade delegation to Mexico City and Guadalajara, led by Utah Governor Spencer Cox. This was the first trade delegation to Mexico by any U.S. governor since Covid rocked the world, and

Web3

China and Web3 Crossover

Since launching our Web3 practice group, we have been getting steady inquiries regarding international business and web3 crossover, including China-affiliated companies. Essentially all web3 technologies are international in nature. But unless you are personally interested and invested in cryptocurrencies or your business is heavily dependent on blockchain technology, it is likely that you are part

Web3

Learning Chinese Web3 Vocabulary

Web3 China vocabulary. Chinese companies are investing in web3 technologies despite the countrywide crypto mining ban. Here is help learning Chinese web3 vocabulary.

best practices for tech companies when dealing with China

Best Practices for Tech Companies When Dealing With China

Recently I sat in a presentation with some executives who were sharing best practices for tech companies when dealing with China and the world generally. These were companies that had great success at home and abroad but not surprisingly found China a more difficult market to tackle. Here are some of their tips, along with

Nonprofits in China

Nonprofits in China

At the end of each calendar year, many nonprofit organizations, including nonprofits in China, start to appear more frequently on everyone’s radar. Recently I counseled a nonprofit organization that wanted to set up China operations in some way. Technically they are a U.S. not-for-profit (501(c)(6)) organization, rather than a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit, but I use

Anti-corruption

New U.S. Anti-Corruption Strategy

Last week the White House announced the United States Strategy on Countering Corruption, which believe it or not represents the country’s first comprehensive blueprint for reducing “the ability of corrupt actors to use the U.S. and international financial systems to hide assets and launder the proceeds of corrupt acts.”

How to control your China operations

How to Maintain Control of Your China Operations: WFOE or JV or Something Else?

How to control your China operations while avoiding China government control is critical and companies looking to do business in China need to decide what the China market means to them and what they are willing to risk. Companies looking to do business in China should decide what the China market means to them and what they are willing to risk. There is no way to entirely avoid China regulatory risk, but depending on your product or service and your company’s and owner’s risk appetites, there is always a way forward. The question of how to control your China operations is just one of many questions to ask.