Who is Mr. Ma?

Note: All names, places, companies, newspapers, and relevant financial figures have been modified for this article. No reference is made to a real transaction, occurrence, or case, and this article is for educational purposes only. The following should not be taken as...

In Defense of Joint Ventures

Since the 1980s the joint venture was the most common route for structuring foreign direct investment into China. Two decades later, are joint ventures still the right choice? This article was written for, and first appeared in the May 2012 issue of China Law &...

RMB Bank Accounts for Foreign Companies Trading with China

On a recent trip to Europe, several clients asked me about the possibility of establishing Chinese currency (“RMB”) accounts in Hong Kong and other offshore jurisdiction, to facilitate trade with Chinese customers and suppliers. Since 2009, China has gradually made it...

Purchasing Colonial Religious Property in China

Recently, one of our clients consulted us on the purchase of an old house located in Shanghai. After investigating its ownership, we found that the house was in fact an old colonial property belonging to a catholic group. As a result, we had to advise our client that...