Steve Dickinson

Steve focuses on assisting foreign companies in doing business in and with China. He prides himself on working in the “real” China: the world of factories, fish plants, and farms that lie outside of Beijing and Shanghai. Having mastered the Chinese language and legal system, Steve’s unique expertise makes him an invaluable resource to Harris Bricken’s clients.

Think different about China Letters of Intent and Memoranda of Understanding. Please.

China LOI and MOU: Don’t Let Them Happen to You

At least once a month, an American or sometimes a British company will come to one of our China attorneys after having spent considerable time negotiating a complex transaction with a Chinese company. They then show us a Letter of Intent (LOI) or a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets out in great detail the

China Joint Ventures

China Joint Ventures: This Time We Blame The Victims

We are writing about joint ventures because as doing business in and with China becomes more complicated and risky we are seeing a resurgence in companies wanting to go into Chinese joint ventures and in companies coming to us needing legal assistance with their failed and failing China joint ventures. In many cases we are

Product Development Contracts

International Product Development Contracts: The Questions We Ask

We often write on how companies outsourcing their product manufacturing oversees typically need an NNN Agreement, an OEM Agreement, and their trademarks registered in the country in which they are doing their manufacturing. For most companies seeking to manufacture product in a foreign country, those three are enough. But for companies that do not have

China's Dual Circulation Economic Policy

China’s Dual Circulation Policy and the U.S. Response

As the PRC plans for the next decade of Xi Jinping rule, economic planning is at the forefront. Xi Jinping’s core policy for that decade is his new concept of dual circulation 双循环. The concept is that for economic development China must rely both on domestic economic development and on China’s participation in the international

International contracts

How to Write a Self-Enforcing Contract That Works

In part one of this series on self-enforcing contracts, Self-Enforcing Contracts: A Good Tool for Tough Markets, I wrote about how self-enforcing contracts can be so valuable when contracting with a company in a country with a less developed legal system. In this post, I will discuss how self-enforcing contracts work and the key provisions