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  • Obtaining an ICP License in China: A Business Necessity for Any Web-Based Presence? ICP License and China Law The Internet has exploded in China, and some of the world’s leading e-commerce and other web-based business like Alibaba, WeChat and others have originated from the PRC.  However, the PRC does exercise stricter control over the Internet and websites than some foreign businesses might be used to. In order to […] 9 min read March 6, 2017
  • How to Set up a WFOE in 2017 Investment Law in China In 2016, China’s government passed a new foreign investment law (the Foreign Invested Enterprises Law) designed to make the PRC a more attractive environment for foreign investors.  In connection with this new law, the Chinese government, through the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), also issued new regulations regarding the formation and registration […] 5 min read February 23, 2017
  • Should You Be Legal Representative in China? Under Chinese law, every company must have a legal representative when starting a company or opening a new business in the PRC.  A company’s legal representative is the individual who serves as the legal embodiment of the company’s interests for purposes of the Chinese government.  His or her name appears on the company’s business license […] 8 min read January 16, 2017
  • The EB-5: A Legitimate Pathway to Obtain a Green Card? The EB-5 visa is a United States visa program for immigrant investors that was first instituted by the federal Immigration Act of 1990.  The EB-5 visa provides means to obtain a green card, and eventually a path to permanent residency in the United States, for foreign investors who invest large sums of money in the […] 9 min read November 16, 2016
  • WFOE’s Registered Address, A Bit More Complicated Than You Think The Companies Law of the People’s Republic of China requires that all foreign-owned corporate entities have a registered physical address in China.  However, many foreign investors have gambled (and lost) that Chinese authorities will not catch on if they simply use an inappropriate address (whether it be a virtual office or an address that has […] 7 min read November 7, 2016
  • Teaching English in China: Let the Buyer Beware As anyone who knows remotely anything about China can tell you, let alone anyone who has lived or is currently living in China, interest in teaching English in China by native (or not) English speakers has grown exponentially as China’s economy has exploded over the past several decades. There were over 300,000 English language schools […] 13 min read October 18, 2016
  • No More Foreign Investments Approval What’s new with China foreign investment laws? On September 3 2016, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the Peoples’ Republic of China (NPC) adopted the amendments which modified the rules relating to the establishment and alterations of the foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs). Are considered FIEs: equity joint ventures (EJV), cooperative joint ventures (CJV), […] 2 min read October 10, 2016
  • China Cracking down on Malicious Trademark Registrations What does a deck of playing cards and a lighter have in common? ‘Nothing’, one could argue. On December 30th 2015, the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court argued otherwise and endorsed a creative argument in a case involving the world’s largest playing card manufacturing company and a malicious trademark applicant. The United States Playing Card […] 7 min read September 16, 2016