China payment terms

China Payment Terms: Tricks Of The Trade

Whenever one of our China attorneys is retained to represent a client providing goods or services to China, we start by asking about the terms of payment. If the Chinese side is going to pay our client the full amount upfront, the contract provisions do not need to be too specific. But this almost never

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Forced Labor in China: Companies Need to Start Paying Attention

On July 14, the U.S. Senate passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. In an era of hyperpartisanship, the Act is a rare instance of truly bipartisan legislation. Cosponsors included figures from across the political spectrum, from Josh Hawley to Elizabeth Warren. This in itself is something businesses should take note of, as it is

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Managing an International Trademark Portfolio

Trademark protection is a critical task for companies manufacturing and distributing products overseas. While many large multinationals have armies of lawyers policing their intellectual property rights (IPR), small- and medium-sized businesses that are expanding overseas often need help figuring out the best and most cost-effective way to protect their trademarks, patents and copyrights. What perhaps

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The Evolutionary Arc of China’s Private School Law

Whenever an impactful revised law is issued in China, our lawyers see two things happen: panic by those now caught operating illegally, or dismissal by those motivated to make all things China seem rosy. Recently, there has been much concern and buzz around the latest revision to China’s laws on the Implementation of the Private

China manufacturing litigation

How to Handle China’s Rising Risks

Way back in 2012, I wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal, entitled, China’s Slowdown and American Business: Hardly a week goes by without complaints about payment problems or bankrupt debtors. I wrote a similar article for Forbes Magazine in 2014, entitled, How Businesses Should Deal With China’s Economic Slowdown. I summed up that

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The US-China Trade War and Brazil as Proof of Trade Redirection

When we hear of a “trade war” we often think about the countries directly involved, or those that contribute to the economic tension. Indeed, when the US and China announced escalating waves of tariffs on each other’s goods in 2018, many economists expressed that both the US and China—through a purely economic lens—could only lose

Chinese Company Culture

Thirteen Reasons Why Chinese Companies So Often Fail Outside China

Way back in 2010, I wrote Ten Reasons Chinese Companies Fail In The U.S. for Forbes Magazine. Then in 2015, I did a blog post on the same topic, entitled Top Ten Reasons Chinese Companies Fail in America My top ten list in that article was as follows: 1. Chinese companies focus on a Chinese

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China on the G7 Agenda

The 47th G7 summit was held from June 11-13 in Cornwall. China is, of course, not a member of the G7, yet the country was on everyone’s mind, as illustrated brilliantly by @relevantorgans. While the word “China” was “only” mentioned four times in the communiqué issued by the summit’s participants, each mention was ponderous. First,

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How NOT to Handle Your China Legal Matters, Part 2

Way back in 2006, we wrote a post titled, How NOT to Handle Your China Legal Matters. A friend-client emailed me today saying that he printed it out in 2006 and still gives it to his employees before they have any involvement with China. In his email, he asked whether it needed any updating and