International Trade Dispute Resolution in China: get affiliated companies to pay

A while ago, I wrote another post disclosing fraudulent international trade practice some Chinese exporters engage themselves in: Again, be aware and vigilant about who you are trading with in China.

So when you are deceived and caught in such fraud and you don’t want to just walk away bruised, you may have to think of a way to recover your loss. Here in…

Never forget to add a clear liquidated damage clause in your business contracts with China

The world is now sourcing various products in and from China. You may be one of them.

Wherever you do business with China (I mean, Chinese businessmen), you need to sign a contract with your Chinese counterparts.

Unfortunately, as a new market economy where most businesses esp the small ones don't really know much about market, Chinese businesses don't take…

A small tip for tenants in leasing disputes: don’t forget to send termination notice

I have been helping a client dealing constantly with lease disputes. I found that due to lack of basic legal knowledge, tenants can find themselves in very unfavorable position.

A typical scenario is like this: in the course of leasing, the tenant decides to cancel the lease and therefor refuses to pay rent and finally may move out of the leased office or residence.…

Be wary, Landlords: who are your tenants?

As a professional serviced office provider, TEC and other similar operators deal with various kinds of tenants: domestic companies, individuals, and foreign companies. Very often, who signs on the lease contract matters a lot to such “professional landlords“.

Here are some typical situations that shall be given special attention to by those…

Translation of legal documents: not a small deal.

In international businesses or cross-border civil affairs, English language dominates the writing of most documents. In the meantime, the party that does not speak English mother tongue will always wish to have the document in its own mother language.  In most cases, the English version will be written first and then translate it into the other language.…

Lock your tenants out? Right of defense for delaying performance of contractual obligation

As the external legal counsel for The Executive Center in Shanghai, the leading premium serviced office provider in Asia, a slew of legal questions have been put forward before me. Some of the issues are interesting and worth a post here.

As a serviced office provider, or landlord, the number one headache is delay or refusal by tenants in paying the rent for the…

What ensues when your China labor contract expires?

We are talking about fixed term China labor contract or employment contract. While this topic may not be very interesting to expat employees in China, it may be very relevant for foreign investors operating business in China.

Assuming that A signs a two-year labor contract with his employer, upon expiration of the contract term, his employer does not wish to…

Should I answer the questions for free?

This post is just for fun.

This blog invites multiple email inquiries from all over the world every day. Part of my work time is devoted to answer such inquiries. In most cases, clients may raise a few questions that don’t seem to consume much of my time and I would generally try to shed light and given answer as briefly as I can. After all, I am busy most of my day.…