What if your real property in China is sold by an unauthorized person?

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It happens not only in China. There seem to be property scam all over the world, click here and here.

A recent case intrigues me a lot.

Facts: an old Shanghai lady who become an American citizen back in 1990s left her apartment in down town area of Shanghai to her niece for use and care. Recently when she came back to Shanghai, she found that her apartment was now owned…

broadcasting right for sport events in China

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I have been serving as external legal counsel for SlamBall China for a couple of years. With its rapid growth and expansion, it has attracted more and more media attention. In this November, it will hold a SlamBall tournament in Wuhan and Beijing, a big event for SlamBall China and for the sport itself.

Here comes an internet company with interest to broadcast …

Allocated land use right issue in purchasing properties in French Concession Area in Shanghai

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This is actually a summary written to one of my clients who is selling his house in the French Concession Area in Shanghai. One of his prospective buyers raised a good question regarding the land use right after reviewing the title deed of the house. Unlike other new apartments, my client’s title deed of his house does not specify a 70 year period of land use…

Can the landlord enforce a lease contract under Chinese laws?

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Leasing is a commonplace type of real estate deals in the market. There are many kinds of leases, apartment lease, factory lease and office lease etc.  Serviced offices are regarded as a type of lease with special features.

Landlords always have the same headaches of tenants terminating the lease prematurely. For serviced office providers, this headache…

Obtain a security interest (guarantee) from a Chinese company

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In business world, security is critical. For creditors like traditional banking lenders or industrial companies that are occasionally involved in lending, borrowing or other obligations, a security interest in the form of collateral, guarantee, standby letter of credit is always craved if ever available.

A security interest in this post refers to any  …

Is it a good time to buy property in Shanghai China?

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You may say it is crazy to buy Chinese properties esp those first-tiered cities like Shanghai, Beijing, where the expectation of price drop just seems to take hold.  Probably people should wait for some time before the market gets clear where it will be going.

Not everybody has that patience.

According to a Wall Street Journal article “China buzzards

What impact for the Shanghai Free Trade Zone in China economy?

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The State Council passed a comprehensive plan to set up a free trade experiment zone in Shanghai on August 26, 2013 [see our analysis of the New Rules for Commercial Factoring in Shanghai Free Trade Zone] . Few months later, how to evaluate the real impact of Shanghai pilot FTZ in China ?

The Shanghai FTZ is made up of three extant bonded areas – Yangshan, Waigaoqiao…

Case study on legal representative: a good lesson on corporate governance of companies in China

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This is a true case that I am handling.

FACTS:

A European investor set up a wholly foreign-owned trading company in Shanghai, China as its foothold in China to sell its advanced products. The shareholder appointed three members on the board of directors who are all foreigners with no regular residence in China. One of the director was appointed to serve as the …

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

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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

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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, he…

employee non-competition obligation in China labor/employment Laws

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An expat working in Shanghai came to me the other day for advice on his non-competition obligation under his labor contract with in foreign invested company here.

The expat was ready to quit the current job and moved forward for a better one. In his contract with the Shanghai employer, he, as a senior manager, was subjected to a non-competition obligation. But…

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