International due diligence checklist

A Legal Checklist for Doing Business Internationally

Lawyers love checklists, and we international business lawyers are no exception. Me, I love clients, not only because they are the lifeblood of my law firm and thus my livelihood, but also because they so often stimulate the ideas for this blog. And people are interesting the world over, from Rio to Mumbai, from China

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Chinese Entertainment Law: A New Audiovisual Work On The Horizon

China’s copyright law, in its present form, has been in place since 2010 and numerous proposals for amendments have been floated since that time. The National People’s Congress recently released another draft amendment and solicited public comment. As far as I can tell, this would be the 5th draft since 2010. In a recent post

China employment lawyer

China Employee Lawsuits for Late Salary Payments

China presumes employers are more powerful than their employees and so it explicitly favors employees. For example, not only does the law permit employees to unilaterally terminate their employment contracts by giving notice of leaving (unless one of the very limited exception applies), employees also may terminate their employment contract and demand statutory severance for

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After the National Security Law: What Next for Hong Kong?

On May 28, China’s primary legislative body, the National People’s Congress (NPC), announced a new law that, if imposed, will allow Beijing to tighten its authoritative hold over Hong Kong. Passed in the NPC by a vote of 2878 to 1, the national security law has bypassed Hong Kong’s own legislative procedures, and could have serious

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Doing Business Overseas: The Trust Thing

As a business lawyer who specializes in international transactions, I spend about half of my time working on legal strategy with my clients. I describe legal strategy as figuring out what the right way is to get from A to B, and those are often separated by international borders, vast oceans, and language and cultural

On Secession

One of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) most persistent bugbears are separatist threats—real or imagined—on the fringes of its empire. The most recent manifestation of this concern has been the CCP’s response to the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong. On May 20, 2020, the National People’s Congress adopted a decision regarding “national security” in Hong

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Criminal Law And Business In China: Too Often the Twain do Meet

In the United States and Europe, it is uncommon for a dispute between two business people to become subject to criminal law enforcement. This is not true in China. In doing business in China, you need to be aware of two things: the scope of economic crime there is far broader than you probably expect

New AD CVD Petitions - Push Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam

New AD CVD Petitions – Push Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam

On May 26, 2020, MTD Products Inc. (Petitioner) filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against Certain Walk-Behind Lawn Mowers from China and Vietnam.  MTD produces lawn mowers that are sold under the Troy-Bilt, Bolens, Cub Cadet and Craftsman brands. Under U.S. trade laws, a domestic industry can petition the U.S. Department of Commerce