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Precis of potentials and pitfalls

While the laundry list of challenges is familiar, last week's Financial Times analysis of China's shale oil gas industry makes interesting reading for any U.S. company trying to tap the China market.  Whether it be underground reserves or untapped consumer demand, majors and middle-maket companies face the same myriad of "soft" challenges, including the absence of a mature legal structure, crowding out by giant SOEs and intellectual property risks.   Read More ›

Beyond the China Headlines

Former U.S. Ambassador to China James Sasser headed an expert panel analyzing how recent PRC political and economic developments will impact U.S. companies in the Year of the Snake during a forum hosted in Frost Brown Todd’s Cincinnati office and streamed over the web earlier this month. Read More ›

State of Tennessee Opening for Business in China

Tennessee’ Department of Economic and Community Development will soon be opening an office in China to assist Volunteer State companies enter the China market, the New York Times noted recently. Read More ›

China Risk Factor Hiding in Plain View: A Brief Analysis of Variable Interest Entities (VIEs) Under Chinese Law

While the internet recently exploded inside and outside China on speculation (some of it quite creative to avoid censors) related to the country’s likely next leader’s disappearance from public view, legal and accounting professionals have spent the past couple of months parsing a few lines from China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) for clues to the government’s official view toward a complex corporate structure employed to launch some of China’s biggest IPOs.

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Federal Export Support Programs and China Trade Strategy

China’s fifth-generation leaders - due to be announced sometime later this month - face the daunting task of fulfilling the outgoing cadres’ pledge to transform China’s economy.  Shifting to an economy based on consumption rather than unsustainable infrastructure spending poses difficult policy choices for the Politburo’s new Standing Committee, but important economic and political factors make any other path untenable by comparison.[1]


[1] See, e.g. Sender, Heddy.  “China Struggles to adopt new growth model.”  28 August 2012.  Web. Read More ›

Rising Wages and Written Contracts – Introduction to Common Chinese Employment Law Issues

Samsung Electronics Company earlier this month joined other tech giants like Apple and Foxconn on a growing list of familiar names accused of violating Chinese labor law.[1]  The increased scrutiny of outside non-governmental watchdogs combined with demographic, statutory and economic developments within the People’s Republic of China are causing some production shifts to other Southeast Asian nations. Read More ›

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