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Dispute Resolution Provisions in International Contracts

Dispute Resolution Provisions Imagine losing millions of dollars because your contract did not properly specify how to handle a dispute. One of the most crucial, yet often overlooked, aspects of international contract drafting is dispute resolution. This is not a mere formality; it is essential for protecting your business interests. It is important to use

Doing business in China

This Year’s China Business Strategies

How Foreign Companies Are Adapting Their China Strategies in 2024 The tides are turning for foreign companies operating in China. The once-unparalleled access to China’s vast manufacturing base and a seemingly insatiable consumer market is now accompanied by a new set of challenges. Rising geopolitical tensions, a focus on domestic sustainability goals, and ongoing supply

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The Ten Keys to Overseas Manufacturing Success

How to Succeed at Overseas Foreign Manufacturing More than a decade ago, I wrote an article for a supply chain magazine, on what I and my law firm’s international manufacturing lawyers saw as the ten keys to successful overseas manufacturing. Though the magazine no longer exists, I recently rediscovered the article when a potential client

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New AD/CVD Petitions: Disposable Aluminum Containers, Pans, and Trays from China

Disposable Aluminum Containers, Pans, and Trays from China On May 16, 2024, antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions were filed against imports of Disposable Aluminum Containers, Pans, and Trays from the People’s Republic of China.  The petitions were filed by the Aluminum Foil Container Manufacturers Association, consisting of Durable Packaging International, D&Q Fine pack,

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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

China's new Company Laws

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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China Technology Licensing: A Comprehensive Guide

Mastering Technology Licensing in China: A Comprehensive Guide China’s massive market size presents a tantalizing opportunity for companies with innovative technology. However, navigating the legal and business complexities of operating directly in China can be daunting, especially as tensions between China and so much of the rest of the world continue to increase. Technology licensing

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How to Protect Against China’s Four Most Common Business Scams

China’s Four Most Common Business Scams and How to Avoid Them Post-COVID, our China lawyers have been seeing more than the usual number of foreign American and European companies coming to us after having been scammed by a Chinese company. In this post, I will explore four common China business scams and provide actionable steps

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Rising Tensions, Rising Restrictions: A Look at State Efforts to Limit Foreign Land Ownership

A Growing Trend with Political and Discriminatory Undercurrents More than two-thirds of U.S. states have either enacted or are considering laws limiting foreign ownership of land. Though these restrictions often encompass multiple countries deemed hostile to U.S. interests, China is almost invariably the primary target.  Proponents of land purchase restrictions argue that the federal government

China NNN Agreements

China NDA Agreements: Still Worthless After All These Years

Why NDAs Are Useless for Protecting Your Intellectual Property in China Since we started this blog, we have emphasized the importance of using NNN Agreements for China, and not Western Style NDA Agreements. Most companies now understand this, but twice in the last few weeks I have had to tell an American company that it