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What is the Foreign Investment Complaint Mechanism?

What is the Foreign Investment Complaint Mechanism? – Legal Tip of the Week – FICM 30 September, 2021 There are various channels available to foreign investors in China if they believe their lawful rights and interests have been infringed upon by an administrative body. The typical remedies available include initiating administrative reconsideration procedures or administrative […]

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The Importance of Contract Review for International SMEs

Entering into a contract is a serious legal process for anyone, especially small and medium enterprises entering new markets. For those who work on an international scale, particularly in China, those contracts may contain legal terms along with clauses or terms that the average business owner may not fully understand. And without a legal background,

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Intellectual Property

Overall Landscape of Intellectual Property Rights in China

China is quickly becoming a global leader in innovation. Companies around the world are starting to take notice. For businesses that wish to break into the Chinese market, the country’s IP (intellectual property) system can be a major obstacle.  Many foreign business owners don’t understand how this system works or what steps need to be

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Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in China

Challenges Related to Intellectual Property Rights in China

Due to a combination of cultural, institutional, and technological factors, IPR infringement remains an issue in China. While the regulatory environment in China is improving, the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) in China is still a cause of concern for many foreign companies.  As a result, foreign businesses must find ways to protect their

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A guide to the governing law clause in China

Beyond dispute avoidance and resolution techniques, your contracts play a crucial role in protecting your business interest in China. When negotiating a China-related contract, foreign businesses must consider whether it will be governed by Chinese or foreign law. In this third post of our dispute resolution series, we will be covering the importance of the

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Best practices for dispute resolution in China

While there are many dispute prevention tactics that can help you avoid conflict while doing business in China, it’s important to know what to do if a dispute arises. For the second post in our dispute resolution series, we’ll be covering the best practices for dispute resolution in China.  Whether your goal is to resolve

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China Corporate Seals: What are they and how do they work?

In western business, signatures are used as a way for individuals and companies to provide proof of identity and intent. By signing a document, the signee demonstrates knowledge, approval, acceptance, or obligation of its terms and conditions. Signatures can be affixed in a number of ways, but written and electronic signatures are by far the

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Global investors flock to China’s financial industry after the removal of foreign ownership restrictions

Much-awaited structural changes   For years, financial institutions have tried to enter the few parts of the Chinese market accessible to them, but their attempts were stifled by regulations and policies that limited foreign ownership, giving local companies the upper hand. Many foreign entities tried to gain influence by securing minority stakes in local firms

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Tips for doing business in China

China is now the world’s second-largest consumer market in the world, making it an attractive option for both new and expanding businesses. Beyond its massive population, increasing urbanization, and capital availability, western brands have proven to be popular in China. But as appealing as it may be, starting a new business or expanding an existing

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Translation service

A comprehensive guide to document translation services

With an almost endless supply of information and other resources now at their fingertips, entrepreneurs, small businesses and corporations are going global with their business ventures. The Internet has made international business more accessible to all, creating opportunities for both new ventures and the expansion of existing operations. However, despite the many opportunities, operating a

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