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Delegation from Lehman, Lee & Xu meets with Liberian Ambassador to China

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A delegation from Lehman, Lee & Xu¡¯s Beijing office met with Liberian ambassador Mrs. Neh Dukuly Tolbert today to discuss potential areas of cooperation. ¡°I¡¯m an American and we share a unique history with Liberia¡± states Edward Lehman, Managing Director of Lehman, Lee & Xu ¡°it was our pleasure to meet with her excellency madam Dukuly Tolbert this afternoon to discuss the Liberian economy, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the changing legal landscape in China¡±.

China and Liberia share some distinctive characteristics. Both are developing countries, which went through periods of turbulence but are now on the road to prosperity. Both countries are amongst the oldest nations in their respective continents; Liberia is the oldest independent country in Africa while China is one of the oldest countries in Asia with thousands of years of history.

¡°What always strikes me about meeting the ambassadors from smaller countries is their friendly and open demeanor¡± states Ed Lehman who has always held an interest in Liberia. ¡°Since learning about it in school long ago I¡¯ve found it a fascinating country due to its unique history and I hope we can work with the Liberian embassy and the Liberian people in a mutually cooperative way in the future.¡±
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China Culture 0 Comment July 25, 2008, 9:24 am

Lehman, Lee & Xu Delegation Visits Qatar Embassy

In preparation for the fast approaching Beijing Olympics, Edward Lehman and several attorneys from the firm¡¯s litigation department were invited by Qatar Embassy officials to discuss various legal issues that an Olympic delegation may encounter while staying in China.

The visit to the Qatar Embassy in regards to the Olympics, was one of numerous visits that Lehman, Lee & Xu has made to various embassies, including the United States, Singapore, Liberia, and other nations. These visits have a purpose to provide informative seminars on Chinese law for the Olympic committees of several nations. ¡°The presentations are designed to ensure all atjhhletes and support staff are as up to date as possible on China¡¯s laws¡±, states Edward Lehman, managing director of Lehman, Lee & Xu. ¡°Forewarned is forearmed best describes what our presentations are all about¡±. There are over 170 diplomatic missions in Beijing and most are sending athletes to the Beijing in August.

Lehman, Lee & Xu is a legal pioneer in the sports law field in China. The firm has been responsible for many sports related initiatives including providing tailor made presentations to national Olympic committees from nations throughout the globe on aspects of Chinese law relevant to foreigners. As a local PRC firm, its experienced civil litigation and criminal law attorneys are fully licensed to assist foreigners in all needs that may occur during the Olympics. They are familiar with dealing with Chinese government officials, including law enforcement and all levels of the local court system.

The firm¡¯s managing director, Edward Lehman, has a long history in the field of sports law. He has been an active member of the Geneva-based International Association of Sports Lawyers for ten years, and was the catalyst in creating Sports Beijing, a not-for-profit organization established to promote sports in Beijing's school system. Ed Lehman has been in China for 21 years and, as the only foreign director of a Chinese firm.
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China Culture 0 Comment July 21, 2008, 10:43 am

Olympic seminars go down a storm in Beijing

Lehman, Lee & Xu is continuing in its mission to provide informative seminars on Chinese law for the Olympic committees of several nations. ¡°Our primary focus was the United States of America however other missions have expressed significant interest¡±, states Ed Lehman, managing director of Lehman, Lee & Xu. The presentations are designed to ensure all athletes and support staff are as up to date as possible on China¡¯s laws. ¡°Forewarned is forearmed best describes what our presentations are all about¡±.

There are over 170 diplomatic missions in Beijing and most are sending athletes to Beijing in August. ¡°We have even had positive responses from countries that are not yet sure they are sending athletes. I received a wonderful letter from the ambassador of an African country thanking us for offering them the private seminar but stating that the status of their Olympic squad¡¯s participation in the Games has not been confirmed¡± relays Ed, whose enthusiasm is difficult to hide. ¡°As a former athlete myself I want to make sure the participants here have the best Games possible¡±

Chinese law differs from the laws of developed nations significantly; in some areas there is less regulation (for example there is no minimum age for the purchasing of alcohol) whereas in some areas there is much more regulation (for example the laws relating to group gatherings). ¡°The time the teams spend in China is about more than gold medals ¨C it¡¯s about coming together and building bridges through sport ¨C we hope our seminars can play a small part in bringing China and the rest of the world closer together¡±

Ed Lehman, a Chicago native is managing partner of Lehman, Lee & Xu, one of China¡¯s longest established law firms with offices throughout the country.
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China News 0 Comment July 21, 2008, 10:29 am

PROMULGATION OF PROVISIONS FOR TRIAL IMPLEMENTATION ON THE COMPLIANCE MANAGEMENT OF SECURITIES COMPANIES

China Securities Regulatory Commission promulgated Provisions for Trial Implementation on the Compliance Management of Securities Companies (Compliance Management Provisions). The Compliance Management Provisions, which shall be implemented on August 1, 2008, provided that securities companies shall set up the basic compliance management system.

The Compliance Management Provisions stipulates that the board of directors, the board of supervisors and the senior management of the company shall, according the provisions of law, administrative regulations or the bylaw of the company, perform their obligations related to the compliance of management and shall be responsible for the validity of the compliance of their departments or branches. The employees of securities companies shall also be responsible for the compliance of their performance.

What matters most is that the Compliance Management Provisions stipulates that securities companies shall have a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO). A COO is the senior manager of the securities companies who is responsible for compliance work. COO shall inquire, supervise and investigate the business operation of the securities companies and the performance of the employees of the company. COO shall inquire and supervise the internal management system of the company, the important decisions, the new products and the new operation plans. If there is anything illegal with the securities company or any potential risk existing with company compliance, the COO shall initiatively report to the relatively departments of the company as well as to Securities Regulatory Bureau.

To promote the establishment of compliance management system, the Compliance Management Provisions also stipulates that securities companies shall have the performance inspection and drive mechanism system. The COO shall be included into the senior management of the company and their performance shall be assessed, and their remuneration shall be grounded on the outcome of the assessment.

Wei Wei Ye from Lehman, Lee & Xu¡¯s Beijing office thinks that the new Compliance Management Provisions are not only good for securities companies to establish compliance management system, but also good for the development of the securities industry. She also stated that the ¡°new provision will promote a healthy and regular securities environment¡±.
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China Business 0 Comment July 18, 2008, 5:02 pm

Edward Lehman Meets with Albanian Industrial Property Giant, Dr. Arben G. Shehi

Lehman, Lee & Xu welcomed the President and CEO of Ardit & Partners, Dr. Arben G. Shehi, to Beijing last week. Ardit & Partners is the leading patent and trademark firm in Albania. Dr. Shehi met with Lehman, Lee & Xu Managing Director Edward Lehman to discuss the possibility of the two firms cooperating in the future.

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Dr. Shehi comes from an engineering background where he became the first president of both the Albanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and of the Tirana Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is currently the president of both the Albanian Chamber of Economy and the Industrial Promotion Center of Albania. However, Dr. Shehi¡¯s finest contribution to the development of industry in Albania was his effort in spearheading the creation of the Industrial Property Law passed by the Albanian Parliament in 1995. After the law passed, Ardit & Partners was formed by Dr. Shehi and his father, Dr. Gani Shehi. Ardit & Partners is the only firm in Albania that specializes in both trademark and patent law as other firms specialize in only one or the other.

Mr. Lehman and Dr. Shehi discussed Albania¡¯s recent efforts to attract foreign investment in hopes of appealing to tourists wishing to visit the country¡¯s Mediterranean coastline. China and Albania have nearly 60 years of diplomatic relations, and Mr. Lehman and Dr. Shehi agreed that the Chinese may have a considerable interest in investing in Albania. As the meeting concluded, Dr. Shehi and Mr. Lehman agreed to keep in close contact in order to build a strong mutually advantageous relationship in the future.
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China News 1 Comment July 18, 2008, 8:27 am

Lehman, I Come and I Love

I am Li Guangming, with my English name Frank, and I am from Peking University (Beida as called) Law School, second year for my master¡¯s degree and with the major in International Commercial Law. And I have passed the bar examination and also TEM8£¨Test for English Major£©.

Since the graduation date approaches, one of my ambitious dreams will come true£­to be a lawyer. Here in this summer, I feel it necessary to find an outstanding law firm to begin my internship. By an occasional and a lucky opportunity, I come to Lehman, Lee&Xu Law Firm, an outstanding law firm, which makes me feel greatly honored.

Though only several days passed, I have learned a lot here, not only about the profession itself, but also on how to behave myself. One sentence repeatedly emphasized by Dr. Lehman, managing director of the firm, impressed me deeply, ¡°People may forgive your professional mistakes, but never your bad manners as a man.¡± Truly, good manners make perfect.

Of course, the professional skills the lawyers here reveal are also undoubtedly fantastic and unparalleled. The presentations given by some of them about their business have shown their proficiency. And in order to become a successful lawyer, I have a lot to learn from them. I know, to apply my school knowledge to practice, I still have a long way to go. But I believe I will be much improved here in this summer.

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China Blawg (en) 0 Comment July 17, 2008, 5:08 pm

Here in Lehman

What a fantastic chance it is to step from one of the most famous law schools in China to have an intimate contact with one of the most outstanding law firms in China! We are lucky to obtain it. We five students (including one graduate and four undergraduates) from China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), namely Stone Shi, Alice Zhang, QD Qi, May Liu and Tak Tan, feel it a great honor to have taken this opportunity to be here in Lehman to finish our summer internship. We are ¡°old guys¡± in our college for the three-year study of law there, with the indoctrinations from many eminent professors. However, in the professional world, we are just rookies. So we are prepared for the challenge, which is a must for a law school student to become a lawyer. And that¡¯s why we want to thank Dr. Lehman so much for enrolling us in his successful business, so that we learn a lot from the most superb lawyers in China about how to analyze a case, how to do a law research and how to solve a concrete problem, which are the abilities we can hardly gain in school.
Compared to other domestic law firms, Lehman is more open-minded and internationalized, which stresses cooperation and mutual benefit a lot. So we believe that this summer will be an unforgettable one in our life, and we will pride ourselves so much for it, since we are already here, in Lehman.

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China Blawg (en) 0 Comment July 17, 2008, 2:52 pm

Prominent Chinese firm represents largest U.S. Olympic delegation in History

Lehman Lee & Xu's sports law practice group, the most prominent of its kind in China, has been chosen to represent the U.S. Olympic Committee in all local matters related to the 2008 Olympic Games. The U.S. team traveling to Beijing will be the largest visiting delegation in the history of the Olympic Games, according to Dana Dershowitz of the United States Olympic Committee.

Lehman, Lee & Xu is a legal pioneer in the sports law field in China. The firm has been responsible for many sports related initiatives including providing tailor made presentations to national Olympic committees from nations throughout the globe on aspects of Chinese law relevant to foreigners

"We already feel like we've won the first gold medal" says Edward Lehman, Managing Director of Lehman, Lee & Xu. "Its fantastic to be representing my home country's team here in China, especially at this momentous juncture in this nation's history. This is the first time in many years that the U.S. team has attended the games in a country with a legal system so vastly different from their own. We're here to ensure that everything runs smoothly and that the U.S. team has their best Games yet"

Ed Lehman has a long history in the field of sports law. He has been an active member of the Geneva-based International Association of Sports Lawyers for ten years, and was the catalyst in creating Sports Beijing, a not-for-profit organization established to promote sports in Beijing's school system. "I was their first Chief Representative and it is a cause that will always be close to my heart, having been an NCAA track athlete for four years during college"


Ed Lehman has been in China for 21 years and, as the only foreign director of a Chinese firm, has seen the legal system develop from an embryonic state to a comprehensive system of laws. "What the Chinese really have going for them is their tremendous spirit and national unity. The Chinese are amongst the most gracious hosts in the world and this will really show during the games. There are differences in our legal systems though, and that is what spurred me to come up with a series of presentations for the USOC. I wanted to explain these differences and enable athletes and other participants to make the best of the games and their time in Beijing." Lehman, Lee & Xu has since been asked to provide these presentations to other national Olympic Committees. "We feel an obligation to make sure that all Olympic teams are going into the games as informed as possible on matters of Chinese law", says Ed.

A Chicago native, Ed states there is only one sporting event he could see himself getting more excited for: "Chicago is in the running to host the 2016 Olympics - to see the Games in both of my hometowns- now that would be really incredible."
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China Culture 0 Comment July 16, 2008, 8:51 am

¡°DELEGATION FROM LEHMAN, LEE & XU MEETS WITH LIBERIAN AMBASSADOR TO CHINA¡±

A delegation from Lehman, Lee & Xu¡¯s Beijing office met with Liberian ambassador Mrs. Neh Dukuly Tolbert today to discuss potential areas of cooperation. ¡°I¡¯m an American and we share a unique history with Liberia¡± states Edward Lehman, Managing Director of Lehman, Lee & Xu ¡°it was our pleasure to meet with her excellency madam Dukuly Tolbert this afternoon to discuss the Liberian economy, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the changing legal landscape in China¡±.

China and Liberia share some distinctive characteristics. Both are developing countries, which went through periods of turbulence but are now on the road to prosperity. Both countries are amongst the oldest nations in their respective continents; Liberia is the oldest independent country in Africa while China is one of the oldest countries in Asia with thousands of years of history.

¡°What always strikes me about meeting the ambassadors from smaller countries is their friendly and open demeanor¡± states Ed Lehman who has always held an interest in Liberia. ¡°Since learning about it in school long ago I¡¯ve found it a fascinating country due to its unique history and I hope we can work with the Liberian embassy and the Liberian people in a mutually cooperative way in the future.¡±
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China Culture 0 Comment July 15, 2008, 4:53 pm

Guangzhou karaoke bars face the music

Guangzhou liaison office of the China Audio and Video Association has taken steps to stop KTV bar operators and VOD technology suppliers from using unauthorized music. The office recently appealed to the city's copyright bureau to take action against suspected bar operators and suppliers. The bureau has urged two KTV bar operators in the city to take part in an administrative investigation and has joined forces with the municipal cultural market comprehensive execution team and public security bureau to investigate two karaoke VOD suppliers to confiscate their products and business documents.

Amy Yang, of Lehman, Lee and Xus, has commented that ¡°KTV bar operators have always been the loser in the lawsuits launched by the Association. However, operators still try to escape royalty payments through various techniques. That strategy may not work any longer since the Association has taken more proactive measures to defend artists¡¯ copyright. This is part of a broader crackdown on intellectual property infringement in China¡±.

Guangzhou karaoke bars face the music(China Daily)

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China Entertainment 0 Comment July 15, 2008, 3:41 pm

Bracing for China Monopoly Law

China's first anti-monopoly law goes into effect on Aug. 1, and attorneys at global firms are trying to figure out how it will affect their clients, particularly multinational corporations with significant market share there. There are also concerns about whether politics will play a role in the implementation of the new law. Joey Zhu, from Lehman, Lee and Xu¡¯s Shanghai office, considers that ¡°the promulgation of the anti-monopoly law will be a new age for the regulation and amelioration of Chinese market economy¡±.

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China Law 0 Comment July 15, 2008, 10:42 am

Law firms Bullivant Houser Bailey and Lehman, Lee & Xu form strategic alliance

BEIJING, July 14 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ ¨C Pacific Rim and U.S. west coast corporate and litigation law firm Bullivant Houser Bailey PC and Lehman, Lee & Xu, a top-three China-licensed law firm, are pleased to announce their strategic alliance. The two firms will provide People¡¯s Republic of China (¡°PRC¡±) corporate clients with greater access to foreign capital markets and funding.

The alliance allows both firms¡¯ corporate finance and international securities practices to expand their global reach and to respond quickly and efficiently to the needs of PRC companies as they seek to enter foreign capital markets and engage in cross-border transactions. The two firms will maintain their separate identities and will serve as co-counsel on specific matters.

"Our strategic alliance with Lehman, Lee & Xu marks a new chapter in Bullivant's established history of providing quality, cost-effective legal services to our clients," said Scott E. Bartel, Chair of Bullivant¡¯s Corporate Finance, Securities, and International Transactions group. "With the PRC's growing prominence in the global marketplace, we sought a strong and reputable firm in China to assist our clients with their entry into the PRC marketplace."

Bartel added that Lehman provides the desired local legal knowledge and expertise that Bullivant was seeking. He noted that the alliance with Lehman allows both firms to serve the ever increasing needs of PRC companies as they navigate the complex legal environment to access the U.S. capital market. "We look forward to continuing to build our strong relationship with Lehman and to help our clients expand their business globally," he said.

¡°Our domestic Chinese clients have recently grown more proactive in seeking American investors to raise capital for their companies. We are confident that Bullivant Houser Bailey¡¯s strong corporate and securities practice will complement our firm¡¯s strengths in working with Chinese companies and our expertise in the PRC regulatory environment,¡± said Edward Lehman, Managing Director of Lehman, Lee & Xu. ¡°Our alliance with Bullivant Houser Bailey will allow Chinese clients to access American capital markets with greater ease.¡±

About Bullivant Houser Bailey PC

Bullivant Houser Bailey PC is a business and litigation law firm with six offices and more than 160 attorneys on the Pacific Rim and West Coast of the U.S. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the firm maintains offices in Sacramento and San Francisco, California; Seattle and Vancouver, Washington; and Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2008, Multicultural Law magazine again named Bullivant a Top 100 law firm for workplace diversity. Learn more at www.bullivant.com.

About Lehman, Lee & Xu

Lehman, Lee & Xu, established in 1992 and with more than 300 attorneys and 22 offices throughout the Asia-pacific region, is at the forefront of international law practice in China. Over the past sixteen years, the firm has built a strong reputation in banking, foreign direct investment, mergers & acquisitions, international trade and dispute resolution. In the last year alone, Lehman, Lee & Xu has advised on more than U.S. $1 billion of China-related deals. Headquartered in Beijing, the firm maintains offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macao, and Ulan Baator. To learn more about the firm, please visit www.lehmanlaw.com.



Mike Schnurr,
Lehman, Lee & Xu
Tel: +86-10-8532-1919

Kristen Leis
Bullivant Houser Bailey PC
Tel: +1-800-654-8972

To learn more about our exciting strategic alliance with Bullivant Houser Bailey please see the Press Room on our website at http://www.lehmanlaw.com/press-room.html !
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China News 0 Comment July 14, 2008, 8:30 am

Olympic ambush marketing

Looks like the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games' (BOCOG) declaration that they would be fining ambush marketers during the Olympics might actually have some teeth to it, at least enough to scare companies into canceling their ambush marketing deals - the Wall Street Journal reported last week that Chinese sportswear maker Li Ning has canceled its deal to clothe CCTV broadcasters during the Olympic broadcast:

The company, which isn't an official sponsor of the Beijing Games, suspended a coveted deal under which it had furnished clothes and shoes worn by sportscasters on China's giant state-run sports channel.

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[T]he demise of a deal between two such well-connected entities sends a warning that the Chinese government is serious about enforcing sponsorship deals.


A lot of the damage has already been done in terms of Chinese consumers' perception of brands associated with the Olympics. Undoubtedly, the BOCOG was well aware of the issue of ambush marketing far in advance of the games, but they chose to make a statement regarding ambush marketing only two months before the games. Even though Li Ning, a brand that is virtually un-known outside of China, won't be able to make impressions on viewers during the game, they've already made a tremendous showing in their biggest market.

The government appears to be planning a good faith effort during the games themselves. However, considering that the poll reported in WSJ shows four of the ten brands most associated with the Olympics are non-official sponsors, it's not so obvious that the government was serious about enforcing sponsorship deals. As is often the case in China, government inaction or delay may have been tantamount to action in itself, granting increased awareness of Li Ning's brand well before the Olympic events.

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Background:

Athletic-Wear Firm's Olympic Dream Fades (Wall Street Journal)
Rule Bans Ambush Marketing (China Daily)
Beijing Regulations on Ambush Advertising During the Olympic Games (Lehman, Lee & Xu's China Law Digest)

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China Business 0 Comment July 3, 2008, 10:12 am