Unentitled disposal of assets: what are the legal effects under China laws?

My clients, two foreigners, operate a successful restaurant in Shanghai for a few years. They invest in the business but the restaurant was registered in two Chinese persons’ names in order to save time for starting the business. Of course, there is a contract between the two foreigners and the Chinese nominee shareholders. Recently, the two clients…

Property Title dispute in China: should I take the action to quiet title?

As a relatively young country with the concept of rule of law, China has a long way to go before building itself into a ripe rule of law state. In the fundamental field of property laws, there are too many controversies over many legal issues that may well vex a smart mind.

A young colleague in our firm discussed his case with me. It is an interesting situation: a piece…

Sell China property: your spouse matters a lot sometimes

In advising a client in selling his property outside of Shanghai, I was annoyed by local practice that seems so stupid.

I have sold quite a few properties here in Shanghai on behalf of foreign clients over the years. In Shanghai, things can be simple  and straightforward. For example, when a person is registered as a single owner on a title deed of a property, …