January 17 Webinar on The Outlook on US-India Collaboration

Join us on January 17 at 10:30 Eastern Time Click Here to Attend (no registration required) India is one of the most mentioned countries as a “China replacement.” And though we do not believe any one country will replace China, we are increasingly seeing companies moving their manufacturing and other businesses from China to Mexico.

China M&A Deals. Mergers and Acquisitions.

VCs and PEs Hunting for China Deals Still Need an Exit Plan

December was a typically busy transactional month for our China team with the end of the calendar tax year looming. We were brought onto a China acquisition by one of our PE clients mid-month, and we closed before the end of the year. This cyclical frenetic pace of closing deals has caused me to reflect

China versus Mexico for manufacturing

Three Mistakes We Made in China and Three Things We’ll Get Right in Mexico

Last year, I asked my good friend Andrew Hupert to explain what is involved in moving manufacturing from China to Mexico, in large part by comparing the two countries. I chose Andrew for this near-Herculean task because he has spent so much time in both China and Mexico, navigating their manufacturing systems from the inside.

Chinese factory negotiating

China’s Business and Negotiating Culture: Good Luck with That

A client yesterday emailed me an article he had saved since 2007 and in his email he remarked how “when it comes to dealing dealing with Chinese businesspeople nothing ever changes.” I am not so sure nothing changes, but I am sure that what this article describes about dealing with China has not changed much,

Vietnam manufacturing lawyer

China Trademark Registration Q&A

As regular followers of this blog well know, we quite often stress the importance of registering trademarks in China, and the need to do so promptly. See for example China Trademarks: More Useful and More Necessary Than Ever. Today, I want to address some of the questions our China trademark attorneys fairly regularly get about

China compliance checklist

A Legal Checklist for Doing Business in or with China

Clients, potential clients and the press are always asking our China lawyers what foreign companies doing business in or with China need to know to stay out of legal trouble. Since a client recently asked me to speak remotely to their company about the legal issues of which the company and its employees should be

China employment law

China Employee Problems: If You’ve Got One You’ve Probably Got Many

As regular readers of this blog should know, employers in China, (especially foreign employers) face myriad, complicated and hypertechnical local employment laws. This often means that one small employer mistake can lead to big and expensive problems. As much as we wish all our employment law clients would first come to us requesting we audit

Pressure washer/Power washer U.S. customs

New AD/CVD Petition: Power Washers from China and Vietnam

On December 29, 2022, FNA Group Inc., from Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against U.S. imports of certain gas powered pressure washers (“power washers”) from China and Vietnam. These pressure washers are the latest gas powered equipment to be targeted for AD and CVD duties. In 2020, Briggs &

Dual language contracts

Dual Language Contract Dangers

Make sure you know what your contract says in the language in which a court will be interpreting it. Oh, and having a contract with more than one "official" language almost never makes sense.