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Managing Your Supply Chain in China

Many small businesses rely on importing Chinese goods from exporters in order to provide products and services to their customers. It is convenient and simplifies lots of things. However, there can be some “surprises” at this convenience, which is almost no “control” over the manufacturer. Less control = More risks You may run into unwanted […]

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Hong Kong vs Singapore – How to choose arbitration venue for China contracts

Legal disputes can often arise between business partners operating in China, prompting the need for effective resolution mechanisms. When entering into a commercial contract with Chinese partners, two popular options for arbitration seats are Hong Kong and Singapore. The question then arises – Which seat is more advantageous for international businesses seeking to resolve legal

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Registered Capital vs. Paid-In Capital

  The author’s most recent article China registered capital, fully explained What exactly is registered capital? The Registered Capital is also called the ‘committed registered capital’, which is the amount of capital committed by shareholders. What is paid-in capital? Paid-In Capital (also referred to as ‘paid-up’ capital), is the amount of capital that shareholders actually

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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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