China, Hong Kong and Macau legal systems

Hong Kong and Macau: For You, They’re Not China

The Legal Differences Between Hong Kong, Macau, and Mainland China Special administrative regions (SARs) like Hong Kong and Macau hold a unique position within China. In some respects, the two SARs are as much a part of China as Beijing and Shanghai. When it comes to most practical purposes, though, they are separate jurisdictions—and companies

China Employment Law

The China Rules on Terminating an Employee

Terminating Employees in China Terminating an employee’s contract in China is far from a straightforward process. China’s employment laws impose stringent regulations that require employers to navigate a complex legal framework. The repercussions of mishandling a China employee termination can be severe, ranging from costly legal battles to reputational damage. This blog post outlines the

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Repeat After Me: ChatGPT is NOT My Attorney

Neither ChatGPT nor Google Are Attorneys Many people turn to the internet for answers, including to legal questions. Though online resources regarding the law can be a great starting point, but relying solely on them for business decisions can be disastrous. This post explores the limitations of the internet and AI in legal matters, and

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

Buying a House in Europe Lawyer

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

international compliance lawyers

Do Not Cut Legal Corners

Cutting Legal Corners in Emerging Markets Introduction It can be tempting to take shortcuts to expedite processes or reduce costs in an emerging market country. But these shortcuts often lead to legal and reputational risks that can have severe consequences for your business. Despite assurances (usually given to you by your local employee/fixer/partner) that your

Shutting down a China WFOE

The 101 on Shutting Down Your China WFOE vs. Putting it Into “Hibernation”

Closing Down Your China WFOE Thinking of pulling the plug on your WFOE? For many foreign companies, the initial excitement of doing business in China has given way to the complexities of navigating complex and ever-growing regulations and a faltering economy. If you’ve decided it’s time to close your WFOE, don’t make the costly mistake

China company formation lawyers

China Representative Offices: Think Before You Leap

China Representative Offices With so many companies becoming reluctant to go “all in on China,” our China lawyers are seeing an increase in companies looking to just “dip their toe” into China via a Representative Office. Unfortunately, there are inherent limitations on China Rep Offices, and those limitations mean they seldom make sense for most

2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Lawyers

New AD/CVD Petitions: 2,4-Dichlorophoxyacetic Acid (2,4-D) from China and India (AD/CVD)

New AD/CVD Petition: 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid (2,4-D) On March 14, 2024, antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions were filed against imports of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid (2,4-D) from the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of India.  The petitions were filed by Corteva Agriscience LLC.  2,4-D is the active ingredient used in a wide variety of

How to figure out your U.S. Tariff rates

Decoding U.S. Tariff Classifications: A Comprehensive Guide

Decoding U.S. Tariff Classifications – A Comprehensive Guide For businesses involved in international trade, effectively navigating U.S. custom regulations can lead to significant cost savings, compliance benefits, and a smoother trade process. A key component of this process is understanding tariff classifications. What is a Tariff Classification? Tariff classification assigns a unique code to every