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“Mexico is the New China” and Manufacturers are Moving There

The above is a direct quote from a client for whom my law firm is now in the process of helping his company move its production from China to Mexico. He said this about China and Mexico, right after setting saying that he “is done with China” because his company is unable to sell a

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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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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

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What China’s Three-Child Policy Means for Foreign Companies

Couples in China will be allowed to have up to three children, continuing the country’s path away from its long-standing one-child policy. The relaxation is part of China’s efforts to reverse its decline in births, and will be accompanied by other support measures. Responses to the announcement have been an almost universal chorus of “it

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How to Manage Your Currency Risks

I recently had lunch with Jared Van Orden and Devin Taylor, friends who are foreign exchange experts with GPS Capital Markets. I like learning from experts like Devin and Jared because they make me a better resource for my clients. When I get smarter, my clients benefit, and when my professional network grows, my clients