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China Travel 0 Comment August 25, 2008, 11:00 am

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Pharmaceutical Advertising 2008, a practical insight to cross-border Pharmaceutical Advertising work

In association with leading international lawyers, The Global Legal Group of the UK has recently published the 5th edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Pharmaceutical Advertising, a practical insight to cross-border Pharmaceutical Advertising work. This book presents a comprehensive guide to the dynamic and growing pharmaceutical industries and is an invaluable tool for those seeking to enter or expand within the field. The guide presents readers with five general chapters that give a detailed overview of key issues related to pharmaceutical advertising laws and regulations. What really struck us is how suitable a companion the guide is and no doubt will be of use to practitioners in the field. I was impressed by the way the guide addressed issues as multi-jurisdictional transactions and found the country-specific portions highly useful. The knowledge and expertise of the contributing writers is unparalleled and we are fortunate enough to have this wealth compiled into one inclusive guide. Having been in China for 21 years I've seen the development of the industry from an embryonic form to the enormous industry it is today and this guide's coverage of China is really second to none for a publication of this breadth¡£

Mr. Edward Lehman is currently one of the leading attorneys in China¡¯s growing pharmaceutical field and previously acted as counsel to the SFDA, which is the Chinese equivalent of the American organization, the FDA. As an expert in the field, he has represented 28 of the 42 Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies in China. ...

China Blawg (en) 0 Comment August 20, 2008, 3:29 pm

My Thirty Years in China: 1978-2008, True-Life Stories of a Changing China.

With Stories by: Sidney Rittenberg, Stephen Perry, Michael De Clercq, Dr. Robert A. Kapp, Tim Mathieson, Chris Ruffle, Ian J. Stones, Roberta Lipson, Clinton Dines, Caroline Chen Gaillard, Joerg Wuttke, Jim Gradoville, and Scott Kronick.

This compilation of first-hand experiences provides a unique insight into China¡¯s transition from a rural, closed community, to a modern, global marketplace over the past 30 years. It assembles the reflections of 13 brave foreigners who recognized the potential in China before the rest of the world and have watched it change and evolve over time. Although each of the featured writers hails from different professional and cultural backgrounds, they all agree that the transformation that China has undergone over the past 30 years is nothing short of incredible, and doesn¡¯t seem to be slowing down. As Ian J. Stone, a business consultant who has been in China since 1978, put it, ¡°there is nothing in China that hasn¡¯t changed.¡±

The oldest account of China presented in this book comes from Sidney Rittenberg, who first came to China in the 1940¡¯s as the first American member of the CCP and has personally known every powerful political figure from Mao Zedong through Deng Xiaoping. Rittenberg spent 16 of his 35 years in China imprisoned because of his involvement with the CCP and worked in a variety of positions, ranging from UN aid relief worker to Mao¡¯s personal translator and now a consultant to firms doing business in China. Rittenberg describes China as the world¡¯s oldest country turning into the world¡¯s youngest. He notes the rise of the open market economy, the embracement of globalization, and the push toward individuality. But despite these overwhelming changes in the political and economic sectors, Rittenburg emphasizes that ¡°the great heart of the Chinese people are alive and well.¡±

Like Sidney Rittenberg, Ian J. Stones is a businessman who was first drawn to China by the language and culture and who understands the immediate importance of the Chinese people in its emergence into the global forefront. In retrospect he states that ¡°the biggest changes have not been in the buildings, bridges, roads or cars, but in the ways that people think and relate.¡± Many of the writers recognize that the increase in choice has been a defining factor for Chinese youth.

But Michael J. Clercq, who has been in China since 1975, realizes the importance of getting involved with the people of China, whom are its future. He recognizes that ¡°the one common denominator between Western and Chinese culture is the people. Just like people in the West, Chinese people value friends, health, a clean environment and the means to achieve their material objectives. And just like us, those who achieve their objectives tend to do so with integrity.¡±

All of the writers reflect nostalgically on their earlier days in China, where they were treated like aliens and were forced to work and live out of hotel rooms. It is hard to believe that simple communications such as a telephone call were almost impossible in a country that now has more cell-phone users than the entire population of the United States. Their remarks are filled with descriptions of farms turned into skyscrapers and bicycles replaced by cars. As Joerge Wuttke, President of BASF China commented, ¡°today, Frankfurt¡¯s skyline pales in comparison with any Chinese provincial town, and there are probably more skyscrapers in Shanghai than in the whole of Europe.¡± Yet he sounds like a proud father when he describes the ¡°great joy that today [he] see[s] an emerging middle class on the mainland again embracing Confucianism and the Ming novels.¡±

Individually, this group of professionals has accomplished great things for China, including bringing improved healthcare, education and contact with foreign investors to the Chinese people, aiding the powerful will of the Chinese people to advance and grow. But rather than focusing on the accomplishments they have achieved in China, this book has allowed them to fondly and sincerely reflect upon the way that China has forever changed them.

China Culture 1 Comment August 19, 2008, 7:18 pm


¡°We all welcome Jamaican athletes and their representatives in Beijing and wish them a successful Olympic games¡± ¨C said Ed ¨C ¡°it¡¯s a great honor to share, together with the people in Jamaica, the concert of its Independence¡±.

Due to the openings of Olympic Games in Beijing, Ed has been invited to a series of commemorative parties organized by foreign embassies and various organizations. ¡°Our law firm has highly invested in helping the foreign delegations to experience a safe and positive Olympic¡± ¨C Ed affirmed ¨C ¡°we regard the event as a chance for the world to be united and hopefully this can eventually lead to a deeper mutual understanding between different cultures¡±.

Lehman, Lee & Xu has been proactive in organizing seminars and presentations to diplomatic authorities and the various Olympic committees about legal issues related to sporting events in China, having been selected as legal counsel for the U.S. Olympic Committee for all legal matters related to Beijing¡¯s 2008 Olympic Games.

China Culture 0 Comment August 11, 2008, 9:47 am

Matthew McKee Quoted in a GO Magazine Article on How to Invest in China

Lehman, Lee & Xu Foreign Legal Counselor Matthew McKee was recently used as a source by the author of an article in a special China edition of the Indian publication of GO magazine.

The article entitled ¡°Enter the Dragon,¡± introduces the different methods of investing in China and explains the issues that can arise. Mr. McKee, an expert in the field of foreign direct investment into China, is quoted numerous times in the article and provides a bit of practical advice for hesitant investors saying that investing in China ¡°is certainly not a game for the faint-hearted.¡±

Lehman, Lee & Xu is a prominent Chinese corporate law firm and trademark and patent agency with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau, and Mongolia. The firm is managed by Mr. Edward Lehman who is a long-time China resident, and is recognized as a leading expert on corporate law with 21 years of practice experience in Mainland China.

For more information about the firm, please visit our website at www.lehmanlaw.com

China Culture 0 Comment August 7, 2008, 10:42 am

As Olympic Fervor Begins to Boil, ABC visits Lehman, Lee & Xu to

Lehman, Lee and Xu was honored to welcome ABC 7 Chicago¡¯s news team into the office on Monday. With the Olympics less than a week away the anticipation level in Beijing is nearly tangible as the number of foreigners in the city is said to have reached 1 million. Because of Ed Lehman¡¯s roots in Chicago and long time residency in Beijing, ABC 7 Chicago¡¯s Ben Bradley sought out Mr. Lehman for a candid interview about his history in China, the country¡¯s rapid development during his time here, and Lehman, Lee & Xu¡¯s representation of the U.S. Olympic delegation.


When asked about how China has changed since he arrived in Beijing in 1987, Ed Lehman responded that he has been ¡°delighted to be a witness to China¡¯s enormous transformation the past 21 years.¡± Ed credits the country¡¯s development to the Chinese government¡¯s acceptance of a capitalist market economy and large influx of foreign investment. As for the effect that the Olympics have had on China¡¯s progress, Ed stated that it has been like ¡°development on steroids.¡± He further explained that the Olympic Games are a ¡°defining moment for Beijing and certainly China¡­ an outstanding opportunity to show the world how quickly China has developed.¡±

In response to inquires on international reporting issues, Ed explained that such issues are ¡°total & complete red herrings. Every Olympic Games faces certain criticism and because of Beijing¡¯s thorough preparation and the incredible facilities constructed for the Olympics, reporting issues are what have come to the forefront.¡±

Finally, Mr. Bradley asked Ed about the firm¡¯s representation of the U.S. Olympic delegation in China and what type of problems may arise for U.S. athletes and representatives alike. ¡°There are a number of issues,¡± Ed responded, ¡°ranging from the criminal issues that athletes may encounter to ensuring that our athlete¡¯s medals won¡¯t be returned if controversy should arise. We are committed to making sure that the athletes and other delegation members have an outstanding Olympics and can focus solely on winning gold for the United States!¡±

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China Culture 0 Comment August 5, 2008, 9:24 am