The Challenges of Franchising in China

Categories: Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments | By Peter Pang

The franchising concept is relatively new to China. In fact, as recently as the mid-1990s, the Chinese language didn’t even include a direct translation of the word “franchise.” Nevertheless, in recent decades, Western franchises have been proliferating in China like flowers after a spring shower. Although fast-food chains such as McDonald’s, KFC, and Starbucks have…

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If You Have a Brand, We Have a Plan: The Unique Challenges and Opportunities of Franchising in China:

Categories: Business In China, China 101 | By Peter Pang

Depending on who you ask, China’s middle class now numbers at least 400 million people (more than the entire population of the United States) and it is growing rapidly. These newly prosperous people enjoy considerable disposable income, and they can be characterized, at least in part, by a fondness for Western products – especially fast…

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A Series on the 2019 Foreign Investment Law: First Discussion: What Are The Highlights?

Categories: Blog, Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments | By Peter Pang

By Thomas Mattei and Anna Huang* IPO PANG XINGPU ATTORNEYS AT LAW Introduction Approved at the Second Session of the 13th National People’s Congress on March 15th, 2019, the high-profiled Foreign Investment Law of the PRC (hereinafter referred to as “FIL”) unfolds a new chapter of the foreign direct investment in China. This new law,…

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Spotlight on the Enforcement of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: 2018 and Beyond

Categories: Blog, Business In China, Financing in the U.S. with Chinese Investors, Legal Updates | By Peter Pang

By Peter Pang* The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (the “FCPA”) is a U.S. federal statute that requires companies to observe certain accounting transparency standards and prohibits individuals and companies from bribing foreign officials. Because of its international reach, it can be used to impose civil and criminal sanctions against both companies and individuals operating anywhere…

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Beware the Ides of March? China’s New Foreign Investment Law Passed on March 15, 2018

Categories: Blog, Business In China, China Business Ventures, Foreign Direct Investments | By Peter Pang

By Peter Pang* Foreign investment is big business in China. According to China’s state news agency, Xinhua, as of October 2018, nearly a million foreign-invested companies were registered to do business in China – and these are not shell companies either. Total foreign investment in China exceeds a staggering $2 trillion, larger than the annual…

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Publication – Leveraging international investment opportunities

Categories: Blog, Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments, Legal Updates | By Peter Pang

Mr. Pang, founder, and principal of the firm recently participated in a joint-publication with fellow IR Global members. In this piece, members discuss respective investment opportunities and pitfalls they encounter in their practice.   READ MORE     Share this post: FacebookTwitterLinkedin

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Trade Dress and Chinese Name, Keys to Foreign Brand’s Success in China

Categories: Blog, Business In China, Intellectual Property | By Peter Pang

  A common question in Chinese intellectual property (IP) law posed by many foreign businesses and counsels when they first begin operation in the PRC is the extent to which Chinese characters and colors are protected under Chinese IP law.  English is almost universally accepted as the language of international business, but domestic Chinese consumers…

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The 2017 ‘Negative List’ Has Been Officially Issued

Categories: Blog, Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments, Legal Updates | By Peter Pang

Negative List China

  China’s infamous attempt at exercising control over its inbound foreign investments is embodied by the yearly issuance of the Catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Investment Industries (the Catalogue). For many years, this Catalogue listed encouraged industries where foreign investments were encouraged along with a list of industries where foreign investment was either restricted…

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