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.

China lawyer

Negotiating with Chinese Companies: Patience Required

Doing business in China Requires Patience. The thinking in China seems to be that once an American comes to China "to do the deal," he or she will be unwilling to return home empty-handed and will instead end up signing something less favorable than what enticed them to go to China to sign. In most instances, your strategy should be not to get on the plane unless and until it is clear the right contract will be there for you when you land.