Forming companies in China: Like a Maze

Forming Companies in China: China’s Foreign Investment Information Reporting System Is Not Making Things Easier

Forming companies in China: Like a Maze As part of the supporting regulations relating to the Foreign Investment Law (FIL), China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) issued the Measures for Foreign Investment Information Reporting (the “Reporting Measures”). Under the FIL and the Reporting Measures, all foreign investors or foreign


Coronavirus Legal Issues Around the World, Part 1: Employment Law Issues

For the last three or so months, our China lawyers have been confronted with a host of legal issues related to the coronavirus. This should not be surprising because China was the seminal coronavirus epicenter. For the past two months or so, our Seattle lawyers have been working on a host of legal issues related


China’s Other Supply Chain Infection — Forced Labor

Photo of a Xinjiang “industrial park” from Quartz Magazine China’s coronavirus outbreak continues to damage the supply chain worldwide. But another sickness in China could eventually cause as much damage: the use of forced Uighur labor in factories all over China. China’s Coronavirus was initially limited to Hubei province and China’s oppression of Uighurs and

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International Law: Expect the Unexpected

Photo by John Hill Yesterday, I gave a guest lecture at California Western School of Law, thanks to an invitation from Prof. James Cooper. It was a deeply rewarding experience, which helped me understand why so many professors say they are the ones who learn from their students. The topic of my lecture was comparative 

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Force Majeure in the Time of Coronavirus

Way back in the pre-coronavirus days — October 30-2019 — in Do Not Let Force Majeure be a Major Force In Your China Contract, we did a post warning of force majeure provisions in contracts with Chinese companies. That post began with the following warning/joke; Pull out and look at your contract with your Chinese

China’s Coronavirus Reaction: Law Trumps Medicine, Part 2

I am writing this to update my recent post on the legal response to the Covid-19 virus epidemic in China, China’s Coronavirus Solution: More Government Control Trumps More Medicine. In response to President Xi’s Statement on using law to combat the virus outbreak, the Beijing authorities have responded in a manner consistent with the theme

Will China Buy More U.S. Hemp Per the Phase One Trade Deal?

Two major President Trump-centric events have been unfolding these past few weeks, and each has alternatingly claimed the limelight and been overshadowed by the other. First, we have the ongoing Senate impeachment hearings, which began January 16, and second, phase one of the U.S.-China trade deal, which was signed and made public on January 15.

BREAKING NEWS: Beijing Issues New Employment Rules For Dealing with the Coronavirus

With at least ten Chinese cities in lockdown to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, Beijing labor authorities just released a notice on stabilizing labor relations during the period of epidemic prevention and control so as to better protect and benefit employees. Here is a quick summary of this notice. Employers must ensure their employees