China Land VAT: how to avoid or defer payment of land value added tax

Land value added tax is a big cut of profits from property owners in China.

Land VAT is applicable basically in two scenario: (1) corporate property owners that sell properties, including foreign entities that hold China properties,and (2) individual owners of non-residential properties.

If the owner simply sells in the market for cash, then the land VAT

Inheritance of corporate shares in a China company (III)

This is the third post regarding inheritance of corporate shares in a China company. Again it is about a special situation that may become more and more in reality with more and more Chinese riches migrating to foreign countries.

I. Facts of the Case

In 2002, a Chinese husband set up a trading company with a third party, and business went well. In 2006, the husband…

Nominee Shareholder Agreement under Current Chinese Laws

 

A nominee shareholder agreement (the "Agreement") used herein refers to the agreement or contract concluded between two persons (individual or body corporate) whereby A wants to invest in a certain company but for various reason he is hidden from public disclosure and instead, his investment is made and registered in the name of B who appears on public…

Overview of China Cyber Security Law and Implications on Foreign Companies

China Cyber Security Law ("CCSL") has been enacted and took effect (since June 1, 2017) for some time prompting many multinational companies to review and revise their internet policies and take actions to comply with the new law which has profound and far-reaching impact on their business operation in China.

I.   Overview of China Cyber Security Law

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Inheritance of corporate shares in a China company (II)

In the first post regarding inheritance of corporate shares or equity interests in a China company, we have discussed the general procedures of completing such an inheritance.

In this second post, I will specifically address the issue of inheriting the corporate share estate left by a foreign national who is a foreign investor in a foreign invested company…

Inheritance of shares in a China company (I)

Readers may notice that most posts I wrote about inheritance of estates in China is related to inheritance of real properties in China. Indeed, there are more inquiries about inheritance of real estate than those about corporate shares or corporate equity interests from visitors.

With more and more people now holding corporate shares, the demand from overseas…

Happy New Year to you all!

Welcome to the new year of 2018. Wish you all have a prosperous and healthy year ahead.

I hope you have been enjoying and you are enjoying the posts on this blog.  I have tried my best to keep this blog informative and helpful to visitors that stumbled hereon.

In the new year of 2018, as always i will try to write about Chinese laws in respect of civil and commercial…

Company to transfer property title in China and tax implications

Recently a corporate client from Canada hired us for legal advice in its attempt to transfer a piece of residential property owned by its China subsidiary entity to one of its employee under an incentive plan that has been executed some 15 years ago.

The China subsidiary bought the properties 15 years ago in Beijing and at the same time, entered into a gift contract…

Loans made between enterprises in China still invalid?

For many years, loaning activities were tightly controlled and regulated, only duly licensed banks are allowed to lend money to the public, and loans made between domestic enterprises are often held as invalid, and consequently, the borrowed shall return the loan principal to the lender and interests are seized by the state. With this rule in place, borrowings…

Share Repurchase under China Company Laws – Commentary on China Supreme Court Ruling

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Sparked by court cases in private equity investment world recent years, share repurchase by the company (whose shares are being repurchased) has been a hot topic in the legal arena. Foreign investors in China may well be involved in such a share repurchase arrangements, and it is of interest to foreign investors…

Can company’s creditors go after shareholders who have not paid up subscribed capital?

This is not a new topic on this blog. However, it prompted me to look further into the issue when I realized that in judicial practice, courts are actually very much divided on this issue.

Following the company registered capital reforms initiated back at the end of 2013, the market has witnessed many newly setup companies that have a huge amount of registered …

Watch out your manager for your China business

Just recently a client of mine, a foreign company that has a subsidiary business presence in China, approached me for a service to investigate some suspicious dealings that were made by one of his senior manager in Shanghai subsidiary.

The foreign parent company apparently discerned something fishy from a decline in profits of the subsidiary company and commenced…

The Dilemma of Minority Shareholder in a China Limited Liability Company

Facts: a limited liability company ("LLC") incorporated in 2013 in China has two shareholders with the majority shareholder having 60% of equity interests (there is no share in a China LLC, and equity is expressed in percentages), and the minority shareholder having 40%. The Company has a three-member board of directors with the majority shareholder appointing…

Citizen-state relation culture difference between China and the western countries

I have been doing research on trust laws for some time in particular the comparison between Chinese trust laws and those of the Western countries such UK and USA.b

An obviously observatory difference manifested from trust laws is that western countries recognize and allow its citizens to use trusts and other legal instruments to reduce and evade tax burdens…

China Divorce: divide corporate equities indirectly held by one spouse

A client asked an interesting question regarding her attempt to divide her husband's equity interests in a China limited liability company. Here is the story: the Chinese lady client got married with a foreigner husband ten years ago and now they are in the process of divorcing. The husband has invested indirectly through a BVI company, in a foreign-invested…

Fire the General Manager of a China Company

A foreign client approached me for advice to fire the general manager of its WFOE subsidiary in Shanghai.

Indeed,  firing a general manager can be a real headache in China.

Following the high-profile case in Shanghai, in which a fired general manager of a listed company wrestled with his employer and won (not really in a strict sense) the fight by having the…

A frequent inheritance-related scam many foreigners succumb to

Does it, the following cited paragraph, look familiar to you in any way?

Good Day Sir

I am an American and was contacted by Citic Bank in November of 2015 some months ago as heir to a sum of money from there bank.  They have set fees for months and I have paid all but this final fee which is in route to them by transfer, but they only give me 72 hours.  They have never

Rights for minority shareholders under China Company Law

Being a minority shareholder in a China limited liability company can be a nightmare for investors, foreign or domestic. You get stuck there with no hope and find yourself no easy exit. I have witnessed many such sad stories happening to foreign clients who participated in Sino-foreign equity joint ventures.

So it will be meaningful for investors to know what…