China lawyer mistakes

Four Common China Law Mistakes To Avoid

This post highlights four common and somewhat egregious mistakes my law firm’s China lawyers often see lawyers make when representing their clients in doing business with or in China, along with a very brief analysis of what causes each sort of mistake. 1. Not Realizing that China’s Bureaucracy Puts Form Over Substance Many years ago, a U.S.

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Understanding China Employment Laws and Employees

China is not an employment-at-will jurisdiction and terminating China employees is nearly always difficult. To make things even more challenging, many foreign companies doing business in China manage their China affairs from afar.

China risks and rewards

Doing Business with China During the Biden Administration

Even though tensions in the U.S.-China relationship have grown steadily over the past four years, the China market is still attractive for American companies because of its large and growing middle class and its massive and efficient manufacturing environment. Plenty of American companies cannot afford to relocate some or all of their supply chain from

China company formation risks

International Law Realities: The 90-10 Rule.

A few weeks ago, a client asked our law firm to handle a relatively routine domestic matter for them. We told them we do not handle such matters and we gave them a short list of excellent attorneys that do. The client expressed surprise at our unwillingness to take on their matter and remarked on

China NNN Agreements

China NNN Agreements: The Initial Questions We Ask

If it seems we have been writing often about China NNN Agreements, you would be right. We are doing so because we have had a  troubling increase in companies coming to us after having lost their IP to their Chinese counter-party (usually their Chinese manufacturer) because the NNN Agreements they used were worthless or even

China contract lawyers

China Contracts: Email Not Usually Included

The international dispute resolution lawyers at my law firm are frequently contacted by American/European companies seeking our help in pursuing Chinese companies for providing “bad product.” We turn down a whole slew of them because because of our potential client’s low likelihood of success. We typically do not want to pursue these claims because the

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China Contract Drafting Scams: From Bad to Much Worse

Last week, in So You Think You Have a China WFOE or Joint Venture or Trademark: Do You Though?, I wrote about foreign companies that had been duped into believing that their IP or their Chinese legal entity (typically either a WFOE or a Joint Venture (JV)) had been registered in China when, in fact,

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China Employee Non-Compete Agreements: The Price You’ll Pay

A Non-Compete Agreement is a contract where one party agrees not to compete with the other. These agreements reduce the likelihood of someone using information you provide them to compete against you. Non-compete agreements are fairly common between Western companies and their more important employees and it is common for those Western companies to want

How to Sue a Chinese company in a court or via arbitration

How to Write a Bad International Arbitration Clause

Yesterday, I attended a fantastic webinar on alternative dispute resolution. Its focus was on arbitration and mediation in Latin America, but pretty much all of what was said applies worldwide. I wrote down one thing said at the event, thinking I would use it for a blog post and today I am. That one thing

China fraud and scams

Check Your China Registrations

I should have run this post earlier and talked about it as a New Year’s resolution, but it did not occur to me until I learned over the weekend that a Canadian company that thought it had a Chinese trademark didn’t really have that trademark at all. At least once a year, one of our