expat stress

Beware the China Joint Venture

Regular readers of this blog know we are not big fans of Chinese joint ventures. Though they are sometimes required under Chinese law for entry into China and they are also sometimes a near necessity for business reasons, they should generally be avoided if possible. Some incidents our China lawyers have seen over the last

China Law Blog
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The Five Keys for Reducing Your China Manufacturing Risks

In response to yesterday’s post containing outsourcing tips from a business perspective a reader sent me an e-mail asking what to look out for on the legal side. Fortunately, I was able to find a short article fellow blogger Steve Dickinson had published a few years ago on just this topic and here it is:

international law

So You Want To Practice International (China) Law?

Law students and recent law school graduates are always contacting me to ask how they can become international lawyers focused on China law. My response is usually a somewhat rambling dissertation on the need to build a solid legal foundation while working on improving language skills. I then talk about how almost every lawyer I

International Manufacturing Lawyers

China Outsourcing, Yes Or No?

A Mexican client that does outsource manufacturing for U.S. and European companies recommended I read an article in the Harvard Business School’s newsletter, Working Knowledge, entitled, Making the Cost Migration Decision. The article is on making the decision on “what, how, and where” to secure product from and move production overseas. The article was written

China Lawyers

Are Some US Firms Violating US Law In China?

Of course they are, if you ask it like that. The Foreign Confidential Blog asked that question in its title to a recent post on the corruption scandals engulfing Shanghai. I e-mailed the blogger behind Foreign Confidential to see if he was aware of anything specific regarding US companies and he told me he is

China intellectual property lawyers

Protecting Your IP In China

Alicia Beverly, Chief IP (intellectual property) strategist with IP Wealth, an Australian company, that “specializes in identifying, protecting, managing and monitoring intellectual property assets for clients around Australia and overseas,” wrote a helpful article entitled, Protecting and Enforcing Your IP Rights In China [link no longer exists]. The article begins with a couple of fairly

Vietnam international lawyers

Vietnam: Tastes Like China Lite

My mother, bless her heart, ALWAYS orders chicken whenever she eats dinner out. Those few times I’ve convinced her to order something else, she ends up saying it “tastes like chicken” anyway.  I mention this because I worry I am doing the same thing with Vietnam in comparing it to China. But I cannot help

international China litigation lawyers

Chinese Litigation: Why Forsake The Thrill Of The New?

A couple weeks ago, an American company contacted one of our international litigators about representing them before the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) in Beijing. The American company told us that it was owed ~$600,000 by a Chinese company that had failed to make its final payment on a large piece of

International lawyers in China

China Law: Change Is The Only Constant

Interesting article in the most recent Harvard Law Bulletin, entitled, Why China? [link no longer exists.  Article is an interview with Harvard Law Professor William Alford on the development of China’s legal system.  Professor Alford knows whereof he speaks. Professor Alford talks about how “China is engaged in the most extraordinary effort at legal development

Vietnam lawyers

China Is The Next China, Now. Vietnam May Be The Next China Someday.

It seems that just about every emerging market country gets at least some mention as “the next China.” The other BRICS, India, Brazil and Russia are often mentioned. Poland and Turkey and Malaysia also often come up. But the name that seems to come up most often is Vietnam. Since 1990, Vietnam has had the