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. He is a regular contributor to the award-winning China Law Blog and the award-winning Canna Law Blog, where he shares his practical insights into doing business internationally and in the cannabis and emerging products industries.

China payment terms

China Payment Terms: Tricks Of The Trade

Whenever one of our China attorneys is retained to represent a client providing goods or services to China, we start by asking about the terms of payment. If the Chinese side is going to pay our client the full amount upfront, the contract provisions do not need to be too specific. But this almost never

how to form a foreign company

Do I Always Need to Form a Company in a Foreign Country?

In yesterday’s post (How To Succeed When Taking Your Company Overseas) I briefly mentioned one of the most common problems companies face when going international: having a foreign entity when you do not really need one (and relatedly, having the wrong type of foreign entity, which I will discuss in a future post). This mistake

International lawyer

How To Succeed When Taking Your Company Overseas

We international lawyers often get calls and emails from companies looking to set up a subsidiary or other company overseas. This is one of the most exciting but also daunting prospects for a company more accustomed to domestic laws, regulations, financiers, and business partners. In this post, we will briefly look at the key things

Currency Risk international business

How to Manage Your Currency Risks

I recently had lunch with Jared Van Orden and Devin Taylor, friends who are foreign exchange experts with GPS Capital Markets. I like learning from experts like Devin and Jared because they make me a better resource for my clients. When I get smarter, my clients benefit, and when my professional network grows, my clients

Chinese contract litigation

Do You Know What Your Chinese Language Contract Says?

If you don’t know this yet after reading our blog, you should tattoo on your forearm that “there is no such thing as boilerplate in a China contract.” That’s really true for any contract. I don’t care how long or short, important or casual. The boilerplate (or standard terms and conditions) section of a contract

China risks and rewards

Doing Business with China During the Biden Administration

Even though tensions in the U.S.-China relationship have grown steadily over the past four years, the China market is still attractive for American companies because of its large and growing middle class and its massive and efficient manufacturing environment. Plenty of American companies cannot afford to relocate some or all of their supply chain from

Doing Business with China

China Paradox Webinar Series: The Postscript

Recently I moderated a panel of experts as part of the World Trade Center Utah’s China Paradox Series. This was not your run-of-the-mill discussion on China matters. It included speakers from top levels of U.S. business and government leadership, each with decades of China experience. In Part 1, former Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman Jr.,

International PPE lawyers

Don’t Make These Mistakes When Buying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Brokers

In my last post regarding PPE, I discussed the normalization of the Chinese N95 mask market, the increasing insanity of the Malaysian nitrile glove market, and other market forces at work, including limitations based on shipping container shortages and financing troubles. In this post I will provide some additional insights our international PPE lawyers have