Shutting down a China WFOE

Shutting Down a China WFOE: Don’t Go There

For reasons that ought to be apparent to anyone who reads the news, our China lawyers have of late been getting many emails from foreign companies looking at shutting down their China WFOE or just flee from China. Reduced to their essence, these emails usually focus on one of the following questions: 1. How do I do it correctly? 2. If I don't do it correctly, what are the possible repercussions? Will I be safe in China? We answer both questions in this post.

China online gaming IP

China Online Gaming IP

China presents a wealth of opportunities for foreign gaming companies, but (and this is true of pretty much every IP-laden industry), it also presents substantial risks. This post sets out the basics on how online gaming companies can protect their IP in China via China IP registrations. Though our law firm represents a host (sort-of-pun intended) of online gaming companies, we have been hesitant to write specifically about largely because it is not all that legally different from other industries. But because we have lately been getting emails requesting we do so, we will. Starting now.

Global Law and Business Podcast Episode 88 – Federico A. De Jesús (Capitol Hill)

Global Law and Business Podcast – Federico A. De Jesús (Capitol Hill)

Listen HERE or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, or Soundcloud! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look at the world

China Employment Contracts With Enforceable Provisions

China Employment Contracts With Enforceable Provisions

If you are a China employer, you need written employment contracts with enforceable provisions for all of your China employees. But merely putting the terms and conditions regarding the employment relationship in writing is not sufficient to protect you. An unenforceable employment contract or even an unenforceable provision in an otherwise well-written employment contract can hurt you as the employer.

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

China Employee Contract Renewals

China Employee Contract Renewals

When our employer clients seek our counsel on new China employee hires, we usually (but not always) advise they use an initial fixed term of three years. We also recommend that before the initial employment term is up, they consider whether to extend the employee’s contract for a second employment term.

Forced labor compliance

Forced Labor Compliance: Your Chance to Be Heard

On December 23 of last year, President Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA). The new law's most salient feature is the establishment of a rebuttable presumption that any product made in Xinjiang violates the forced labor statute (19 U.S.C. § 1307). This will have a major impact for all importers of products from China. Fortunately they have a chance to be heard on the issue of forced labor compliance.

Moving Your Manufacturing to Mexico

Moving Your Manufacturing to Mexico from China: FREE Webinar

Please join us on Tuesday, February 8th at 2pm CST/12pm PST for a FREE webinar on Moving Your Manufacturing to Mexico from China. Harris Bricken attorneys Dan Harris and Adrián Cisneros Aguilar and Mexico manufacturing expert Alejandra Maldonado. Dan heads up our China manufacturing practice and Adrian heads up our Mexico manufacturing practice. Alejandra is a project administrator at INTERMEX, one of Mexico's leading industrial park, shelter manufacturing, industrial site selection, and logistics companies. The webinar will focus on the practical aspects of moving some or all of your manufacturing out of China, the various ways to enter the Mexican market and how to operate successfully there.

International Trade and Tariffs

International Trade – 2021 Year in Review, Predictions for 2022 – Trump tariffs

The year 2021 began with high hopes for international trade as many thought the incoming Biden Administration would undo many of the unprecedented trade actions taken by the Trump Administration and reset U.S. trade policy.  However, at the end of 2021, most of the Trump tariffs remain in effect and the Biden Administration has largely pushed trade issues to the back burner.  Here, we take a look at some of developments on the Trump tariffs this past year and what to expect for those tariffs in 2022.