Archive for December, 2016

Companies Have One Year Before China’s Pollution Tax Takes effect.

Large swaths of northern China have been experiencing severe air pollution over the past month. Over 70 cities issued air pollution warnings due to dangerous levels of smog, and PM2.5 particles in Beijing topped 400 micrograms per cubic meter. In this context, it is no surprise that environmental pollution is a hot topic in China, [...]

Published by Bonnie Zhang on December 29th, 2016 tagged China News | Comment now »

Thinking of Adopting a Chinese Baby? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Our firm has fielded several inquiries in recent months from foreigners seeking to formally adopt Chinese children. These new parents are a common sight China notary offices seeking official confirmation of a recent adoption. We have noticed and uptick in such adoptions, so we would like to offer preliminary comments on the basic procedure.
Western couples [...]

Published by Crys Zheng on December 28th, 2016 tagged China News | Comment now »

Let’s Talk about Updates on Lei Yang Case

The People’s Procuratorate of Fengtai District of Beijing published the latest update on Lei Yang case which has attracted extensive attention in China. After several-months of investigation into the case, the Procuratorate finally reached a decision that the five involved police officers will not be prosecuted.
People have different reactions on the decision. Some feel disappointed [...]

Published by Myra Kong on December 26th, 2016 tagged China News | Comment now »

Lehman, Lee & Xu Uncovers Complex China Scam!

Lehman, Lee & Xu Uncovers Complex China Scam!
Foreign Businesses beware!
Beijing, 22nd December 2016, an email is received in the offices of Lehman, Lee & Xu from a European company. The email said something along the lines of:
My company is a victim of fraud. We were tricked into sending a notary fee for the execution [...]

Published by Christopher Fung on December 22nd, 2016 tagged China News | Comment now »

China Labor Law: What Happens When the Employment Agreement and the Handbook Disagree?

A client’s Human Resources manager contacted the office yesterday seeking our China Lawyer’s advice on the client’s proposed new standard Employment Agreement and Employee Handbook. When looking at these documents, we noticed several discrepancies between them in addressing some important topics. For example, the terms and conditions for paying the annual bonus and the situations [...]

Published by Bonnie Zhang on December 22nd, 2016 tagged China News | Comment now »

It’s Getting Easier and Cheaper to Register Your China Real Estate

China has recently issued new regulations which make it a lot easier to officially register your real estate in the country.
The new regulations indicate that land-use rights (the right to “use” land owned by the state), and property ownership rights (ownership of a facility constructed on the land) must be registered together in one step. [...]

Published by Crys Zheng on December 20th, 2016 tagged China News | Comment now »

Don’t Freak Out. What to do if your China Business License is Lost

Following on our recent post explaining what it means to have your Business License revoked, we have a post today reviewing how to handle losing your Business License. This is inspired by several clients contacting our firm over the last week with just this problem. In fact, one client lost all its official documentation and seals, [...]

Published by Myra Kong on December 19th, 2016 tagged China News | Comment now »

8 “Must Do’s” to Keep your China Company Safe

Every China company, foreign or domestic, is required to have a series of “chops,” which we might more commonly call “seals” in English. chops typically take the form of a simple stamp. These chops serve as the legal “signature” of the company for various documents and official chops must be approved by the Public Security [...]

Published by Jacob Blacklock on December 15th, 2016 tagged China News | Comment now »

Our China Company Business License is Revoked. Why Do We Still Have to Pay Taxes?

We met today with a long time client who had just had its Business License revoked six months ago. The client was super confused that the company was still receiving notices from the local taxation bureau requiring monthly tax declarations. As far as the client could see, the company was kaput six months ago… how [...]

Published by Bonnie Zhang on December 14th, 2016 tagged China News | Comment now »

I Had a Car Accident in China. What Are my Legal Options?

With new year right around the corner, get ready for traffic jams and yes, traffic accidents. As the holidays are an especially busy time of the year, accidents become more frequent.
In the past few days, one of our individual clients had the misfortune to be in a car accident while in a taxi heading to [...]

Published by Crys Zheng on December 13th, 2016 tagged China News | Comment now »