Renting an Apartment in China: Know Your Rights

Categories: Blog, China 101 | By Teo Doremus

Renting an Apartment in China

Many foreign nationals have flocked to China’s largest cities in recent years, only to find that both the property market as well as Chinese landlord-tenant law are substantially different than in other jurisdictions. By typing “renting an apartment in China” into any Internet search engine you will find that the first results are stories about…

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Should You Drive in China or Lease a Car and Driver?

Categories: Blog, China 101 | By Bill Song

  As China’s economy has continued to experience economic growth at a rate unparalleled among modern economies, the country’s GDP has expanded at a rate of nearly 6-7% per year for more than 20 years.  The Chinese economic miracle doesn’t have a comparison in modern times, as it has rapidly created an expanding middle class…

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Obtaining an ICP License in China: A Business Necessity for Any Web-Based Presence?

Categories: Business In China, China 101 | By Teo Doremus

  The Internet has exploded in China, and some of the world’s leading e-commerce and other web-based business like Alibaba, WeChat and others have originated from the PRC.  However, the PRC does exercise stricter control over the Internet and websites than some foreign businesses might be used to. In order to operate a website in…

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How to Set up a WFOE in 2017

Categories: Business In China, China 101, Foreign Direct Investments | By Teo Doremus

  In 2016, China’s government passed a new foreign investment law (the Foreign Invested Enterprises Law) designed to make the PRC a more attractive environment for foreign investors.  In connection with this new law, the Chinese government, through the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), also issued new regulations regarding the formation and registration of wholly foreign-owned…

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Employee Handbooks in China: Why You Should Have One

Categories: Blog, Business In China, China 101, Labor and Employment Law | By Bill Song

In many Western countries, written employee handbooks have been standard practice for most employers for decades. These handbooks provide a uniform set of guidelines that the employer follows in terms of employee dress codes, vacation policies, procedures and grounds regarding discipline and termination of employees, and a whole host of other issues that may arise…

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Franchising in China: An Excellent Business Opportunity But One Not to Take Lightly

Categories: Business In China, China 101, Foreign Direct Investments | By Kristy Guo

Franchising American restaurants in China was recently in the news amid reports that fast food giant McDonald’s has sold its mainland China and Hong Kong businesses to a consortium between the state-owned Chinese conglomerate Citic and the American private equity giant Carlyle Group for $2.03 billion. Among the key points of the deal was that…

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Should You Be Legal Representative in China?

Categories: Business In China, China 101, Foreign Direct Investments | By Teo Doremus

Under Chinese law, every company must have a legal representative when starting a company or opening a new business in the PRC.  A company’s legal representative is the individual who serves as the legal embodiment of the company’s interests for purposes of the Chinese government.  His or her name appears on the company’s business license…

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WFOE’s Registered Address, A Bit More Complicated Than You Think

Categories: Business In China, China 101 | By Teo Doremus

The Companies Law of the People’s Republic of China requires that all foreign-owned corporate entities have a registered physical address in China.  However, many foreign investors have gambled (and lost) that Chinese authorities will not catch on if they simply use an inappropriate address (whether it be a virtual office or an address that has…

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