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…

Sue a Chinese company: tap the pockets of its shareholders and even directors

More than often, when you deal with a Chinese company, supplier, business partner or contractors, you are dealing with a China limited liability company incorporated under China Company Law. As a universal principle, the limited liability doctrine offers the “veil” protection for the shareholders or members of the those limited liability…

OEM定牌加工过程中的商标侵权问题:重要判例解读

上海律师点评本案是有关OEM定牌加工业务中涉及的法律问题的典型案例,也是具有重要转折意义的重大案例。在某种意义上,这一判决是平衡各方利益的结果,既要维护国内商标专用权人的合法利益,打击真正的商标侵权行为,又要维护国内目前还大量存在的代工厂的经济利益。一概认定为侵权,则将会极大打击国内的定牌加工等外贸经济行业的利益。本博主认为,这一认定本身是合理的,其说理也是充分,应该得以推广,并结束实践中对这一问题的争议。

Issues related to sale of Chinese properties by foreign corporate owners

I have been helping foreign owners in selling more than a dozen of their Chinese properties in the past years. In practice, there is no big roadblock on the way including the final step of converting and repatriating their sale proceeds denominated in Chinese currency, namely, Renminbi, or RMB.

However, sale of China properties owned by foreign companies…

China Company Registered Capital Reform and its Implications on Your China Business

It has been more than two years since China launched its reform on corporate registered capital (also termed as legal capital) regime with a view to reviving and boosting investment by the grassroots people. Apparently, it has been a successful reform so far. But in the meantime, this reform has its far-reaching bearing on the way companies are funded and on …

中国公司法下的股东知情权诉讼的注意要点

下述文字是助理律师张雅璐的法律研究结果。对股东行使知情权要求查询公司财务状况的诉讼的要点问题进行归纳和总结

所引述的案例如下:

Case1:李淑君、吴湘、孙杰、王国兴诉江苏佳德置业发展有限公司股东知情权纠纷案

Case2:上海联华新新超市有限责任公司与上海新吴淞商贸总公司股东知情权纠纷上诉案…

Update on Jahwa General Manager Employment Case

January this year, I wrote a post commenting on the then ongoing high-profile employment dispute involving the general manager, Mr. Wang Zhuo and his employer, Shanghai Jahwa Corporation, a listed company in China. You can click here for more: https://www.sinoblawg.com/?cat=7.

Today, a piece of news ran on a news website shedding the final lights on the …

Corporate deadlock – a reason to dissolve your China company

It is not rare to see a Sino-foreign joint venture company (indeed any type of company) to run into a stalemate where the operation comes to halt or the minority shareholder(s) is marginalized with no rescue. For the victims in such deadlock, there should be a way out of it. After all, justice should be upheld.

I. The Law and Judicial Interpretation

As a remedy to…

Chinese central government to welcome foreign investors, buyers for Chinese properties

Apparently this is an effort to bail out or keep afloat the ailing Chinese property market on a national scale. Unfortunately, hot markets in the first-tiered cities are still closed to foreign buyers like Shanghai. However, it is very likely that local governments in Shanghai may loosen the regulation to have more foreign buyers.

The main benefits of the change…

Jurisdiction agreement under China Laws

International business contracts often include an jurisdiction clause in which the parties agree to submit the disputes arising from such contracts to certain courts.

Since there are so many international business contracts with China, it is of particular importance for foreign legal counsels to know the rules under Chinese laws and judicial practice…

Legal personality of Corporation and limited liability

Companies or corporations (in this text, a company is the same as a corporation unless otherwise indicated in the context) are so ubiquitous in our life and yet at law, companies are so elusive to define.

I am reading the book “Business Persons-A legal theory of the Firm” by Eric W. Orts, a law and economic professor at Wharton School, a nice piece …

Agency between Shareholders and Companies

This is more an academic thought than a practical tip.

I am reading the book “Agency, Partnership and the LLC” (2nd ed, West Nutshell Series)  by J. Dennis Hynes in particular to find support for my personal understanding of the agency relationship between shareholders/members and the companies/corporations they invest.

In China, law scholars seldom…

Answer to a question posed by a blog reader regarding legal representative of China company

Here is the question:

Dear Jason,

Today I was doing some research on the legal representative of WFOE’s. During my research I came across the following article:

Who the hell has the right to represent a company in China?

In your article you mention the following:

When this legal representative resigned by submitting his resignation letter to board of

Trademark issue in OEM production arrangement in China

OEM production is an important way of China collaborating with foreign businesses where a Chinese factory is requested to produce certain parts or end products under an OEM contract under which such parts or products will all be shipped to foreign markets. In this post, OEM production we discuss refers particularly to an OEM arrangement where the China OEM …

Chinese FDI in Africa

Overview of overseas business of Chinese companies

China’s role in the global economy has rapidly changed. As Chinese FDI outflows are rapidly closing the gap with inflows, the country is expected to be the most important net investor in the world in the coming two years (Unctad, 2014).

The increasing importance of state-owned enterprises (国有企业,国营企业)…

How to fire a general manager of a Company in China?

I. Basic Facts and Legal Concepts in the Ongoing Case

Shanghai Jahwa Corporation, a listed public company in China, was not happy with its general manager in an internal corporate struggle, so Jahwa’s board of directors made a decision in May of 2014 to fire the general manager citing the manager’s personal responsibility for loopholes in Jahwa’s…

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…

File a lawsuit in China: begin with the right claims

This is a good lesson to be learned by legal professionals in China, and foreign law firms and lawyers instituting arbitration proceeding in China shall also bear this in mind.

Here is the true story: a seller and a buyer entered into a trademark transfer agreement pursuant to which the seller agrees to sell a trademark (the “Mark A“) to the buyer.…