China notaries and notarizations

The 101 on U.S. Notarizations in China for Expats

U.S. Notarizations in China Every so often, one of our lawyers in the United States or in China gets contacted by an expat asking about obtaining a U.S. notarization. We provide this service to our clients in the United States for free but flying all the way to the United States just for a notarization usually

China foreigner and dual national arrest risk

Consular Access and Controversies Surrounding Chinese Dual Nationals

Consular Visits for Chinese Dual Nationals Consular visits, especially for detained citizens abroad, play a vital role in international diplomacy. So, China’s recent notification to foreign consulates in Hong Kong — that they can’t visit detained individuals if they also hold Chinese nationality — has sparked controversy. International Agreements on U.S. and China Consular Relations

International trademark registration lawyer

The Importance of International Trademark Protection

Introduction As we regularly stress on these pages, trademarks (and other intellectual property) are often a brand’s most valuable assets. It therefore follows that international trademark protection should be a key priority for brands engaged in international business. Globalization and Trademark Realities In this age of increasing globalization, where phones and ATM cards from your

How to Draft Enforcable China Contracts

Why Lawyers Should Stay Out of China Business Negotiations

If you’re doing business in China, you might be tempted to ask your lawyer to step in and help you negotiate with your Chinese counterpart. However, this could be a big mistake that could jeopardize your deal and your relationship. In this post, I explain how lawyers play a different role in China than in

Florida anti-Chinese law. SB 264

Chinese Nationals Face Land Restrictions in Florida

Chinese nationals face serious restrictions on their ability to buy land in Florida, with the entry into force of SB 264 on July 1 of this year. This new law curbs real estate acquisitions by citizens of seven “countries of concern” (China, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, and “the Venezuelan regime of Nicolás Maduro”),

Pea protein China dumping case

New AD/CVD Petitions: Pea Protein from China

On July 12, 2023, PURIS Proteins filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against Pea Protein from China. Pea Protein is usually sold in powder form and is a food ingredient for foods sold to individuals who are allergic to glutens (e.g., snack bars, plant-based meat products, other gluten-free foods). The U.S. Department of

Shutting down a China WFOE

How To Close A China WFOE

1. Foreign Companies Are Leaving China Foreign companies are tiring of the difficulties and the risks that come from doing business in China. Not surpisingly, our China lawyers have been getting a ton of questions on how to close a China WFOE. It is difficult and time-consuming to form a WFOE in China. As you

Shutting down your China WFOE

China WFOE Shutdowns: Fast or Legal?

A while back (I am being intentionally vague here to avoid identifying anyone) a U.S. client company contacted our China lawyers about shutting down its China WFOE and/or terminating all of its roughly 47 China employees in one fell swoop. The U.S. company had discovered rampant corruption among its employees and its CEO wanted the