China real estate

China Real Estate Laws

On March 16, 2007, China adopted a new Property Law, set to become effective on October 1, 2007. This post will be the first in a series of posts explaining China’s real estate laws. This first post is meant to serve as a general overview of China’s real property laws. Ownership of real property in

China criminal lawyer

Nude Web Chats Quite Revealing On State Of China Law

A Reuters article entitled, China law blind to nude Web chats: Charges dropped on woman using a Web cam in the buff, gives an interesting peek into China jurisprudence. Article is on how Chinese prosecutors were forced to drop a case against a housewife who had organized online nude chats, after discovering no Chinese law forbade

China lawyers for joint ventures

Danone v. Wahaha — Which Of Us Is The Most China Rookie?

‘You sit by yourself grasshopper. What do you think of?’ -Master Po ‘My mother, my father. Both gone. I am alone.’ ‘You hear the flock of birds flying overhead? You hear the fish? The beetle?’ To all of this the young Caine nods. ‘In this crowded place you feel alone. Which of us is the

China Law Blog

China’s Anti-Bribery Laws Rising

CFO Magazine has an interesting article on China’s anti-bribery laws, entitled, Corrupt or Careless? Its tagline is that “Enforcement of China’s anti-bribery laws is on the rise, and foreign companies could easily be on the wrong side of Chinese law without knowing it. The article starts out by briefly describing the Shanghai police’s recent arrests

China trademark registration

China’s Franchising Laws: Want Fries With That?

On May 1, 2007, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) will be enacting new franchise regulations that will apply equally to foreign and domestic franchisors and that are expected to make foreign company franchising easier. China’s franchise requirements are fairly basic. Franchisors must have been in business for at least one year and have owned at

storm trooper

NEWS FLASH — Mongolian Law Firm Clones Famous China Lawyer

He graduated college summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Chinese Language and Literature from one of America’s leading universities in that arena.  He graduated from a leading American law school with honors, where he was the law journal’s Articles Editor. He has published law articles in English and in German

China Law Blog

Ranking China’s Law Schools

The Chinese Law Prof Blog recently did a post on the ranking of China law schools and universities. Unfortunately, nobody seems to know the criteria behind the rankings, put out by a certain Mr. Wu, but here goes anyway: 1.  A++  Beijing University 2.  A++  People’s University (Beijing) 3.  A++  Wuhan University 4.  A++  Tsinghua

China real estate

Foreign Ownership Of Real Estate In China/China’s New Forex Rules

In July 2006, the Chinese government issued rules prohibiting foreign individuals and companies from directly owning commercial real estate in China. Just this month, China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (“SAFE”) issued new foreign exchange rules. In my experience dealing with real estate investors here in Shanghai and elsewhere in China, both of these rules

Getting paid by Chinese companies

Make More Money By Ending China Kickbacks

Would that it were so easy. Kickback schemes are rampant in China.  If you have Chinese employees and you buy or sell product in China, there is a good chance you are losing money from kickbacks and likely also violating Chinese and U.S. (or European laws). American Public Media’s Marketplace just did a brief radio

China crime

Mapping China Crime Is Democracy In Action

Mapping China crime is difficult. When clients ask me whether they need to worry about crime in China, I typically say it is hard to know because China's crime statistics are so unreliable. I then talk about "my sense" of things, based on my own experiences (so far, so good) and that of the people I know who are doing business in China (both Chinese and foreign) who talk mostly about petty crimes like pickpocketing.