China Employee Terminations: Don’t Get Lazy

China Employee Terminations: Don’t Get Lazy Do not flick off your China employees! The old saw, “hire slow fire fast” does not work for China. This is because China employee terminations require far more careful legal handling than in the United States. When it comes to employee terminations, China is still very much a Communist country. Think…

China’s Dynamic Cities: Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Nanjing

China’s Dynamic Cities: Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Nanjing Commercial real estate company Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) has come out with a ranking of cities worldwide by “momentum.” JLL researchers use 42 factors to evaluate world cities on the move and their rankings do at least somewhat jibe with the sense I have regarding the cities I…

Donald Trump and Your China Business: Double Down, Ditch It or Die, Part 2

Donald Trump and Your China Business: Double Down, Ditch It or Die, Part 2 Last week I wrote a post on how our China lawyers have been receiving a steady onslaught of calls from American companies with “employees” or “independent contractors” in China, but no China business entity. The onslaught has continued, and now I know…

The NEW Steps for Forming a China WFOE

The NEW Steps for Forming a China WFOE China has greatly revamped its WFOE formation procedures, making WFOE formations easier in some ways and more difficult in other ways. See China’s New Foreign Investment Law — Less Than Meets the Eye. Because the WFOE formation procedures are so new, our we have been getting a number of…

China Employee Non-Competes: Does Yours Have Real Teeth?

China Employee Non-Competes: Does Yours Have Real Teeth? China employee non-compete agreements and provisions are an often-litigated area. Many employers (wrongly) assume that they cannot prevail in such a dispute because employees usually win. This belief is not only wrong, but also risky. It is wrong because Chinese courts do not automatically side with the employee; those…

Can Your China WFOE Survive the Local Mayor’s Arrest?

Can Your China WFOE Survive the Local Mayor’s Arrest? The Chinese media has lately been replete with stories about corruption investigations against Huang Xingguo, former acting Party chief and mayor of Tianjin Municipality. Whenever I read about something like this, I always wonder how many foreign companies will get caught in the crossfire. How does…

Six Hugely Common China Law Problems AND Their Solutions

Six Hugely Common China Law Problems AND Their Solutions I was talking with one of our China lawyers the other day about how we constantly get the same emails and phone calls from Western companies with China legal problems that either cannot be solved at all or cannot be solved at a fee that will…