Jonathan Bench

Jonathan is chair of Harris Sliwoski’s corporate practice group, where he helps public and private companies with international and domestic business transactions. His clientele includes companies from Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Jonathan has worked and consulted in the U.S., Asia, and South America and is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.

He is an emerging blockchain legal expert and enjoys developing international legal strategies with promising web3 projects.

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Mentoring the Next Generation of China Experts

A successful friend once encouraged me to reach out and connect with successful people who are doing what I want to be doing. He said that when many people reach the pinnacle of their careers, they want to help the next generation of promising leaders. That advice stuck with me, mainly because I tested that

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Understanding the China Company Law Amendments that Matter to Foreign Businesses

China’s Amended Company Law Becomes Effective on July 1 China’s amended Company Law takes effect on July 1, 2024. Many companies have not considered the significant revisions that have been made and how they can and will affect companies that are doing business in China. Companies with legacy entities in China that have not reviewed

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CFIUS Reporting Requirements for Non-U.S. Investors

CFIUS Reporting Requirements The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is an interagency committee that reviews certain transactions involving foreign investment in the United States. Its role is to identify and address any national security risks that could arise from these potential investments. With increasing global tensions over technological competition and supply

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How to Ensure You Get Paid When Doing Business With Chinese Companies

China Payment Terms Negotiating payment terms with Chinese companies is one of the trickiest aspects of doing business with China. Vague milestones, unpaid invoices, and last-minute changes are common complaints. This post provides key strategies to ensure your company gets paid in full and on time when working with Chinese companies. Whenever one of our

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Drafting Your Own China Contract

Why You Should Never Draft Your Own China Contract China Laws and Business Practices: A World Apart China laws and business practices are different from the West. On this there should be no dispute. There should also be no dispute on how it rarely (if ever) makes sense for companies to draft their own China

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Chinese Manufacturers Go Abroad: New Business Relationships for a New Era

Last week, I spoke at Brigham Young University’s annual China Conference, which is now in its eighth year under BYU professor Peter Chan. This year the conference’s theme was Peace Together: Continuing a Culture of Collaboration. Professor Chan has become a good friend over the past few years since I started attending the conference. He

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Pick India over China: Lessons from India’s Consul General

Pivoting from China to India Recently, India’s Consul General K. Srikar Reddy met with a group of business leaders in Salt Lake City, Utah at World Trade Center Utah to discuss increasing business relationships between Utah and India. Mr. Reddy is based in San Francisco and covers the western US. He was previously posted in

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Understanding China News to Understand the China Business Environment

The news coming out of China lately has not been positive for many months, but this does not preclude smart entrepreneurs and businesses from succeeding. I have always told my clients, friends, and audiences that success with China looks different for each company. This post discusses some general guidelines from which to interpret the China

Update your corporate documents now to comply with the latest China foreign investment regulations and company law, or face problems later.

Chinese Government to Foreign Entities in China: Revise Your Corporate Documents NOW or Face Problems Later

Urgent Compliance Alert for Foreign-Invested Enterprises in China Attention all foreign investors in China! A recently passed mandate from the Chinese government demands immediate action to update your corporate governance structure and documents. Whether you’re a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE) or part of a Chinese Joint Venture Entity, adhering to China’s revised PRC Company Law

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What is the Newly Implemented US Corporate Transparency Act (CTA)?

United States Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) With the commencement of the new year, the recently implemented Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is now in full force. In recent years, many so-called “tax haven” countries, to avoid black- or grey-listing by the US Treasury Department, have had to increase their beneficial ownership transparency. The CTA brings the