china law blog

Top Ten China Business Survival Tips

I am a sucker for top ten lists and “10 Survival Tips for Expats Who Work in China,” is a good one. Here’s the list in bold, with my comments in normal font: 1. China is not a bubble, it will not fade so easily. True. What this means is that you should no more

China WFOE lawyers

Danone v. Wahaha: China Business Lessons To Be Learned

This month’s China Economic Review contains an article by Harris Bricken attorney Steve Dickinson on the Danone Wahaha dispute. The article is an offshoot of a speech Steve gave for JP Morgan on China Joint Ventures. Steve’s China Economic Review article is entitled Danone v. Wahaha: The lessons to be learned from the tensions within

China manufacturing lawyers

Chinese Companies Coming To America: The Cure Is Worse Than The Disease

Got an e-mail today from Robert Luedeman, an attorney in Des Moines, Iowa. Luedeman wrote to alert me to his recent post on a Midwestern U.S. factory that lost out to China, at least two times over. As Mr. Luedeman describes in his post, entitled, Broken Promises in the Heartland: Adams Pressed Metals, John Deere,

China trademark registration

China Trademarks — Do You Feel Lucky? Do You?

Our advice to companies that do any business with China (including those that merely have their products made in China) is to register their trademarks in China before they go there. China is a first to register country, which means that whoever registers a trademark first gets it. I repeat: in China, whoever registers a

China lawyers

China Foreign Lawyer Ethics Rules

The ABA Journal just came out with a featuring story on foreign law firms in China, entitled, Chinese Puzzle: Foreign firms jumping into the market find ethics rules unclear. The article is on foreign law firms in China and it begins by noting how foreign lawyers “are not permitted to practice law in China.”  Thus,

China business toasts

Rules Of China Toasting

There is a popular (and populist) expression in the United States, that “I am from the government and I am here to help you.” It is widely known to be sarcastic because so many Americans view the best way for the government to help is to stay out of the way. But when Americans start

China NNN Agreements

China NNN and NDA Agreements

Someone on our China Law Blog Linkedin Group just posed a question about using non disclosure agreements (NDAs) in China. My first thought was to refer them over to one of our posts on the subject, but then I realized we have not really written anything on them since 2006. That is far too long

Kaifeng Jews

China: Where Even The Jews Are Fake

In China everything can and is faked, even the JeAbsolutely fascinating story in today's Washington Post, entitled, Sold on a Stereotype: In China, a genre of self-help books purports to tell the secrets of making money "the Jewish way".  Seems the Chinese think very highly of Jews, both for their perceived ability as businesspeople, and for their honesty and family values. China has some 50+ books focusing on emulating the Jewish path to success.

international attorneys

Gibson Guitars — From Kalamazoo To China And Beyond

I just learned that Gibson Guitar will soon be returning to an industrial heartland, but in China's Liaoning Province this time. Gibson just purchased China's third-biggest piano maker, state-owned Dongbei Piano Group. Our international lawyers have lately been seeing more American and European companies getting their start at doing business in China by buying existing China companies/facilities.