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How to Make the Contract Officially Binding in China?

By AsiaBridge Law / April 21, 2021

In the previous post, I covered how to get the supplier to respect the contract and if penalty clauses in supplier contracts actually work. Now, in the article below, I will be sharing some tips and practices on how to make the contract officially binding in China. Many parts of Asia, including China, the “Chop”…

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How to Get The Supplier to Respect The Contract?

By AsiaBridge Law / April 13, 2021

Do you have the right terms in place in your China contracts?  Perhaps you are wondering if the supplier will respect the contract? In this blog post I will share some tips based 20 year’s of experience, living in China, getting suppliers to respect my contracts.  Tips and Best Practices: Get the Chinese Supplier to…

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Contracts in China: Q&A with an English-Speaking Chinese Lawyer

By AsiaBridge Law / March 18, 2021

  In this blog post, our Chinese lawyer answers some of the more common questions about contracts and their enforcement in China.  Answers are provided for general reference and are given in a straightforward format, without the “Chinglish” or “Legalese” that you may come across when dealing with other lawyers in China. China Contract: Overcoming…

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Hallmarks to Secure a Good Bilingual Contract in China

Hallmarks to Secure a Good Bilingual Contract in China

By AsiaBridge Law / January 15, 2021

There’s really no excuse for not having a bilingual contract in China and these are the hallmarks of a good contract. Preparing a quality bilingual contract is likely to increase confidence in the process as you are protecting your rights and needs. It is most certainly a way of ensuring both parties understand and agree…

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China Supplier Contracts & Negotiations: PO vs Contract vs NDA - Part 1

China Supplier Contracts & Negotiations: PO vs Contract vs NDA – Part 1

By AsiaBridge Law / September 25, 2020

Are you researching how to set up a China Supplier Contracts?  Looking for strategies for the negotiations? In this article, I’d like to share some of the best practices and common pitfalls I have learned while spending 20 years living in Asia around dealing with China supplier contracts. You probably are clear on the concept…

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Using China Bilingual Contracts to protect your interests - an effective & affordable tool to enforce quality, price & lead time. Top 10 lessons for Supplier Contracts- learned the hard way during 20 years in China

Using bilingual contracts to protect your interests in China

By AsiaBridge Law / August 12, 2020

Using China bilingual contracts to protect your interests-even during a trade war! An effective & affordable tool to enforce quality, price & lead time. Top 10 lessons for Supplier Contracts- learned the hard way during 20 years in China Introduction: In an earlier blog post “Trade War Strategies: Preventing your suppliers from violating your patents” we…

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Dangers of not being formal with your China supplier contracts when sourcing during the Covid-19 pandemic

Dangers of not being formal with your China supplier contracts

By AsiaBridge Law / April 16, 2020

Dangers of not being formal with your China supplier contracts when sourcing during the Covid-19 I received an interesting question from a reader of my blog.  I hope my answer will encourage you to be formal with your China supplier contracts. Question: Answer: I’d encourage you to be formal with your China supplier contracts I…

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Bilingual Contracts

Bilingual Contract Templates & Customization

By Mike / November 4, 2016

Most people realize the importance of having a contract when doing business in Asia. But you may have questions about jurisdiction, penalty clauses, official language of the document, use of “chops” and such. The team at AsiaBridge Law specializes in structuring effective (and affordable!) bilingual contracts that protect our clients’ interests yet respect their business…

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Monitoring IPR

Monitoring IPR & Contract Terms

By Mike / November 3, 2016

Monitoring IPR & Contract Terms – (Intellectual Property Rights) Monitoring IPR Are you looking to start better monitoring IPR & contract terms with the companies you do business with? If so, here are some common concerns that companies often have and how to solve them. Concerns When Monitoring IPR & Contract Terms How to monitor…

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Be Smart, not Sorry, when Drawing up Contracts

By Mike / July 7, 2013

China Business Law: Behind the scenes with an English Speaking Chinese Lawyer This morning, I spoke with a client. He said he needs a simple supply contract to use for his sourcing business in China. I sent him a checklist, so that he can let me know what he expects the contract to specify. He…

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Are Bilingual Contracts Necessary?

By Mike / March 25, 2013

Bilingual Chinese Lawyer Answers: “Are Bilingual Contracts Necessary?” After our presentation regarding the importance of bilingual contracts at the Hong Kong sourcing fair hosted by Global Sources, some clients wrote me asking more about bilingual contracts. A few clients wanted to know, “Do you really think Bilingual contracts are necessary?” I understand clients’ concerns. We’re…

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Dealing with Defective and Non-conforming Goods in China

By AsiaBridge Law / April 22, 2021

In this blog post, let’s talk about where the quality and contracts meet. Based on my 20 years’ experience in China, I’ll share with you some tips on dealing with defect and non-conforming goods in China. Situation: If you’re buying something so simple like a commodity, you’re buying Mickey Mouse watches that haven’t changed in…

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The Bad, The Ugly, and The Good When It Comes to Agents and Middlemen

By AsiaBridge Law / April 2, 2021

Today, I just want to be a little bit better-rounded and explain that sometimes the agents are very good but sometimes they’re the root cause of problems.  In this blog post, I’d like to share about the bad, the ugly, and the good when it comes to agents and middlemen Bad, Ugly, and The Good…

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China Court Cases: Q&A with an English-Speaking Chinese Lawyer

By AsiaBridge Law / March 12, 2021

  In this blog post, our Chinese lawyer answers some of the more common questions about legal procedures and court cases in China Answers are provided for general reference and are given in a straightforward format, without the “Chinglish” or “Legalese” that you may encounter when dealing with other lawyers in China. Introduction to the…

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Can my Chinese supplier deliver to my potential customer in China?

By AsiaBridge Law / February 21, 2021

  Let’s say you have developed a great supplier in China that ships affordable products, on time at the agreed quality level. You are aware that the Chinese domestic market is full of potential customers.   If you want to explore the opportunity to leverage your Chinese supply chain to capture China-based customers, then this…

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Defining “competitor” when drafting an NNN agreement in China

By AsiaBridge Law / February 19, 2021

  NDA = Non-Disclosure Agreement NNN= Non-disclosure, Non-compete, Non-circumvention How to define “competition” under the NNN agreement?   In a recent blog post we explained why the NDA does not offer enough protection when buying from China. A key element of a robust NNN is wording that prohibits the supplier from doing business with the…

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How to Source Safely from China

How to Source Safely from China: 4 Key Steps

By AsiaBridge Law / February 19, 2021

For today’s blog post, let talk about the important topic of safe sourcing from China. By far, the single most frequently asked question I get in the mailbag is something along these lines: “Mike, I found what looks like a good Chinese supplier, but it is my first time buying direct from China. I have…

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Cooperation with China Supplier

Setting the Right Tone for Cooperation with China Suppliers

By AsiaBridge Law / February 17, 2021

  Many foreign buyers have struggled with their cooperation with the China supplier. If you are among them, you’ve probably looking for a guide or tips to improve your cooperation with the China Supplier. For today’s blog post, I thought I would share four advanced, yet simple, tactics that I have used to ensure there…

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A Simple Way to Negotiate Price

A Simple Way to Negotiate Price

By AsiaBridge Law / February 12, 2021

If you are looking for advice or guide on negotiating price in China, in this blog post, I will share with you a simple way to negotiate price with the Chinese suppliers. Different industries have different margins, and even within the same industry, some suppliers quote high, some quote low. So, I am sorry to…

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Realistic Clauses in the Bilingual Contract

Realistic clauses help you to get support from Chinese courts

By AsiaBridge Law / January 28, 2021

  Learn how realistic clauses helps you to get support from the Chinese court.  When your Chinese attorney drafts a bilingual contract for sourcing products in China, it is important to include how to address the imperative terms in the agreement when there’s a breach of contract happening. Here’s an example situation of how the…

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Why Should I Retain a Chinese Law Firm?

By Mike / January 22, 2021

There are many benefits when you retain a Chinese law firm. Often times having boots on the ground is indispensable. Whether you are operating within Asia or abroad, it is always reassuring having someone on-site and ready to respond at first notice. Additionally, there are many procedures and functions that a foreign attorney, even with…

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Frequently Asked Questions

By AsiaBridge Law / December 21, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions English Speaking Chinese Lawyers:  AsiaBridge Law How are legal fees kept low? Expand Quotes from AsiaBridge Law are not based on the perceived depth of our client’s pockets. The fixed pricing structure applies to all clients regardless of industry, size, sex or nationality. AsiaBridge Law leverages scale to offer clients a lower rate…

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Middlemen Series -Bait and Switch Strategy

What is a bait and switch strategy in the China Sourcing context?

By AsiaBridge Law / December 5, 2020

  The bait and switch strategy does happen, whether you’re dealing with the trading company or sometimes even with the manufacturer themselves.  You need to be explicit “We visit this factory; I want the production take place here at the location we visit.”  When we post about contracts as a next blog series soon, I’ll…

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Small buyer, high risk & E-buyer beware! Don't fall into a scam trap!

Small buyer, high risk & E-buyer beware! Don’t fall into a scam trap!

By AsiaBridge Law / October 14, 2020

When is it likely that you will fall into a scam trap? You’re highly likely to fall into a scam trap if you meet the criteria as a small buyer or an e-buyer.  So if this describes you, be very careful. Two types of common buyers that fall into a scam trap: You’re a small…

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What are the two types of Scams?

Be wary of these two types of scams when sourcing in China

By AsiaBridge Law / October 1, 2020

I’d like to share the various types of scams that you might possibly encounter if you are not vigilant. Even in this pandemic, other people might take advantage of the situation. This new series of blog articles will help you be aware and how to avoid these types of scams in China. Actually, China offers…

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Trying to decide if you want to use a Lawyer from China or one from home? Click here to read 3 mistakes businesses make when not using a Chinese Lawyer...

Important Business Decisions: Using a Lawyer from China vs Hometown Lawyer

By Mike / September 11, 2020

  Are you considering whether or not to use a Lawyer From China or one from home? A good Chinese lawyer with experience negotiating contracts with suppliers would know what terms to put into the contract to protect the buyer and not give the supplier a chance to send defects. But most lawyers outside of China…

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How do you know if a supplier is a trading company - production experience?

How do you know if a supplier is a trading company?

By AsiaBridge Law / September 4, 2020

How do you know if a supplier is a trading company? This article is the second in a series Why should you assume that all potential suppliers are middlemen? … and we are going to talk about how do you know if a supplier is a trading company? Assuming that you want to go factory…

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Regulations Compliance | Doing Business in China: Regulatory Compliance (Starter Strategies)

Doing Business in China: Regulatory Compliance (Starter Strategies)

By Mike / August 25, 2020

Doing Business in China: Regulatory Compliance (Starter Strategies) Doing Business in China: Social & Regulatory Compliance: Strategies & Templates | Code of Conduct & realities … Introduction: (Doing Business in China) In this blog post contains excerpts from a 1 hour seminar on Compliance issues. We’ll talk about a code of conduct, social compliance and…

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China Lawsuits: How to freeze assets of a Chinese Company

China Lawsuits: How to freeze assets of a Chinese Company

By AsiaBridge Law / July 23, 2020

If you have unresolved issues with your business partner in China and are planning to file a lawsuit, you should seriously think about using the court system to freeze the assets of the target company (before they have a chance to disappear)! Dispute Resolution: What are the options? Jump right to litigation? Unless you are…

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PPE Part 3: Does the Chinese seller actually have the ability to export the PPE out of China?

Does the Chinese seller actually have the ability to export the PPE?

By AsiaBridge Law / June 28, 2020

PPE Part 3: Does the Chinese seller actually have the ability to export the PPE out of China? Insider’s Guide: How to buy PPE from China during Covid-19 pandemic. A growing number of people are looking into buying PPE from China for supply as the world scrambles to source equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Confirm…

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Force Majeure clause during the Covid-19 pandemic

Question: Will China suppliers exploit the Force Majeure clause during the Covid-19 pandemic?

By AsiaBridge Law / June 24, 2020

Note: This article was written in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, however the topics covered are relevant for any readers wishing to understand how a Force Majeure clause works in China. Why I am worried about a Force Majeure clause in Chinese contracts Besides the obvious concern for the human costs if…

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PPE Part 1: The dangers of buying PPE from “your guy’s” “China guy” Insider’s Guide: How to buy PPE from China during Covid-19 pandemic.

PPE Part 1: The dangers of buying PPE from “your guy’s” “China guy”

By AsiaBridge Law / June 14, 2020

Insider’s Guide: How to buy PPE from China during Covid-19 pandemic. A growing number of people are looking into buying PPE from China for supply as the world scrambles to source equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic. Introduction to our series on buying PPE from China during the Covid-19 pandemic. A growing number of buyers are…

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Coronavirus & VAT in 2020: “In times like these…” Mark Twain answers

Coronavirus & VAT in 2020: “In times like these…” Mark Twain answers

By AsiaBridge Law / March 5, 2020

“In times like these, it is important to remember there have always been times like these”. – Mark Twain China Sourcing, Coronavirus & Value Added Tax (VAT) in 2020 In this blog post, we will answer the following questions: Why is it important to understand the VAT system in China if you source made-in-China products?…

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Coronavirus: Alarms & Opportunity for China Sourcing; Wuhan aftermath!

Coronavirus: Alarms & Opportunity for China Sourcing; Wuhan aftermath!

By AsiaBridge Law / February 17, 2020

  The Coronavirus appears to have slowed down significantly with factories and the manufacturing infrastructure coming back online. Cautious optimism post Coronavirus. In today’s blog post, I’d like to look at the Coronavirus in terms of its impact specifically on the China sourcing industry.  For example, if you are importing products that are made in…

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China Trends (Part 2): Increase chance your “good supplier” will turn bad in the next 12 months. Learn how to spot the red flags before it is too late. Red Flag Assessment: Want to make sure you are safe?

China Trends (Part 2): How to spot the red flags of good relationships going bad before it is too late.

By AsiaBridge Law / February 3, 2020

China Trends (Part 2): Increase chance your “good supplier” will turn bad in the next 12 months. Learn how to spot the red flags before it is too late. Red Flag Assessment: Want to make sure you are safe? Why now? Spot the red flags before it is too late! Beijing continues to aggressively pivot…

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Learn how to monitor your intellectual property rights in China

Learn how to monitor your intellectual property rights in China

By AsiaBridge Law / January 29, 2020

Learn how to monitor your intellectual property rights in China! Build a mechanism to monitor your intellectual property in China. In an earlier blog post “Trade War Strategies: Preventing your suppliers from violating your patents” we covered how to set up multiple layers of patent protection with the focus on the first layer- registering your Intellectual…

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Trade War Strategies: Preventing your suppliers from violating your patents

Trade War Strategies: Are you at risk of your suppliers violating your patents?

By AsiaBridge Law / January 27, 2020

  With the China-US trade war lingering. Your supplier may be about to jump into bed with your competitors. Strategies to protect your patents! With the China-US trade war lingering. Your supplier may be about to jump into bed with your competitors. Strategies to protect your patents! As the China-US trade war drags on with…

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In terms of doing business in China, due diligence is the process of verifying the accuracy of the information given to you by your potential local partner.

Due Diligence in China: Essential questions to ask

By AsiaBridge Law / December 30, 2019

In general terms, “Due Diligence” is an investigation of a business, individual or deal to establish facts, evaluate potential and identify risk. Early in my China business career I was given some great advice from an old “China hand”. He told me, “before you give any money to a Chinese company, you must do your…

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Finding a professional lawyer in China that speaks English

By AsiaBridge Law / December 16, 2019

How to find an affordable lawyer in China that speaks English!
4 step guide to find, contract and pay an affordable lawyer in #China that speaks English!

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Force Majeure - Business Advisory Services |

How a Business Advisor can complement Legal Counsel

By AsiaBridge Law / December 2, 2019

Having both a local Chinese Lawyer and an International Business Advisor can complement your Legal team to not only save you money, but also offer deeper insight than hiring just one or the other. Force Majeure – a clause found in a contract to remove liability for natural and unavoidable catastrophes. Having both a local…

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Trademarks Protecting your Intellectual Property

5 Essential Questions on Trademarks Protecting your Intellectual Property IP

By AsiaBridge Law / November 23, 2019

Concise answers to 5 strategic questions about Trademarks Protecting your Intellectual Property. Additional links provided with info on Trademarks in China.

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Copyright Registration | Copyrights in China: Protecting your Intellectual Property (IP)

Copyrights in China: Protecting your Intellectual Property (IP)

By AsiaBridge Law / November 14, 2019

Copyright Strategy: China IS different Lawyers and businesspeople lacking China experience will tell you that since copyright is automatically granted when you create something original you need not worry about it in China. Those with deep China business experience paint a very different picture.

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China Business Blog (ABL)

By AsiaBridge Law / November 4, 2019

China Business, Law & Sourcing Blog Most Recent China Business Blog Posts Older China Business Blog Posts Ready to Contact AsiaBridge Law? If you’re ready to get started with AsiaBridge Law or would like more information, please click here to go to our contact page and fill out our short form. Click Here to Get…

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Trademarks in China: How to Avoid “Non-Use Cancellation”

By AsiaBridge Law / February 6, 2019

If your trademark has just been approved by the CTMO recently or planning to file in China. Learn more on how to avoid non use cancellation. If your trademark has just been approved by the CTMO (Chinese Trademark Office) recently or you are thinking to file for trademark registration yet. Then this blog is for…

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How To Deal With Suppliers About Defective Goods and Partial Shipment?

How To Deal With Suppliers About Defective Goods and Partial Shipment?

By AsiaBridge Law / March 23, 2018

There are 3 types of verification services that we need to consider if you doubt the reliability of the company. These type of due diligence are very affordable and effective when doing business in China.  1. Due Diligence on the Seller Is the seller a real business with real assets? In other words, make sure…

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PRC Business Formation

HK and PRC Business Formation: Holding Companies, WOFE’s, Offshoring and Other Key Issues

By AsiaBridge Law / February 27, 2018

Common Question: I am setting up a HK LLC because I hear I can operate tax free, do I need to file my taxes each year in HK? I’m also thinking of setting up a company in China to help w sourcing. At what volume does it make sense to set up my own company…

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How to select a lawyer when doing business in China: Part 1

By Mike / December 8, 2017

Introduction to how to select a lawyer when doing business in China Are you planning to invest in China? Are you buying from China? Wanna sell to China? Regardless which group you fall into, you probably already realize that there are major differences between the legal system in China and back home. To emphasize this…

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General Counsel - Do you need General Counsel for legal and business matters in Asia? Our lawyers are ready to not only get you out of the occasional crisis but they can also help improve the day-to-day running of your businesses.

General Counsel

By AsiaBridge Law / November 8, 2017

Do you need General Counsel for legal and business matters in Asia? Our lawyers are ready to not only get you out of the occasional crisis but they can also help improve the day-to-day running of your businesses. General Counsel: Typical Projects Client Type: China-based clients For example: Foreign-owned Factories, Trading Companies, Distributors, Retailers and…

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Client Testimonials

By AsiaBridge Law / July 13, 2017

Client Testimonials Given the sensitive nature of most cases, we are grateful to the clients  who have graciously offered the following testimonials and allowed us to share their identities.  “I need to give ABL a big ‘thank you very much’! ABL did a great job for me. They assisted me by getting a refund for…

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Penalty Clauses: Do they work when sourcing from China?

By Mike / July 10, 2017

Need more info on Penalty Clauses while sourcing from China? Click here to do your due diligence on using penalty clauses while sourcing from China. Need more info on Penalty Clauses while sourcing from China? Read more to do your due diligence on using penalty clauses while sourcing from China. In today’s blog: we’ll answer…

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Managing Quality when sourcing from China

Managing Quality When Sourcing From China: Tips & Best Practices

By Mike / June 21, 2017

Are you looking at the best ways in managing quality when sourcing from China? Read some of our tips and best practices… Are you looking at the best ways in managing quality when sourcing from China? Read some of our tips and best practices… Can high-quality affordable goods be “Made in China”? We have all…

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China Sourcing: What Are Reasonable Payment Terms?

By Mike / May 18, 2017

Negotiating Payment Terms: Medium Sized Orders The following blog post is to give some tips if you find yourself negotiating reasonable payment terms for the first time with a supplier. The target audience are buyers who are purchasing between 10K USD and 100K per given order. If you are larger, you may wish to explore…

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Q&A on China Sourcing and IP at the Australia International Sourcing Fair

By Mike / May 12, 2017

For the past few years, I have had the pleasure of being invited to Australia to speak at the International Sourcing Expo in Melbourne and Sydney.  You can find information on the Australia International Sourcing Fair and seminars (past, present and future at http://www.internationalsourcingexpo.com/seminars/. Sourcing in Asia Today at the Australia International Sourcing Fair My…

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How to Do Due Diligence on Chinese Suppliers?

By Mike / April 20, 2017

Often I’m asked about how to do due diligence on Chinese Suppliers and how to be sure it’s safe to do business in China. How do I know if it is it safe to do business with this supplier? Are there ways to tell if this seller is legit? Is it a good factory to…

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An Insider's Look at Fees for Legal Services in China - White Paper

Resources

By AsiaBridge Law / April 9, 2017

China Business, Law & Sourcing Library 100 = Introductory Level 200 = Intermediate Level 300 = Advanced Level Even Number = Legal Issues in China Odd Number = China Sourcing Topic The China Business, Law & Sourcing Library’s white papers, video tutorials and mini-courses have been curated by AsiaBridge Law Advisory Board Member, Mike Bellamy…

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How To NOT Get Knocked Off When Sourcing From China

By Mike / April 7, 2017

  Do you want to learn How To NOT Get Knocked Off When Sourcing From China? If you are asking these kinds of questions, this article is for you! I got a great idea, but I worry that it will get knocked off by the factory? I’m not sure if I should file the patent…

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Business Advisory Services

Business Advisory Services in Asia

By Mike / November 10, 2016

Are you looking for Business Advisory Services in Asia? AsiaBridge Law’s Business Advisory Services can be provided in conjunction with legal services or as a stand-alone service.   How does the consulting work integrate with the legal services provided by AsiaBridge Law? Our consultants serve as business advisors rather than legal counsel.   The primary role…

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Red Flag Assessment

Red Flag Assessment for Transaction Risk, Scam & Fraud

By Mike / October 11, 2016

Looking to source in Asia and need a Red Flag Assessment on the potential suppliers you’re vetting? Let us help you with your assessment. The experts at AsiaBridgeLaw.com have seen 1000’s of scams & fraud.  Put us to work for you! Typical customer? The Red Flag Assessment is the ideal tool for clients who want…

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Corporate Assessment

Corporate Assessment (CA): Stability, Assets & Reputation

By Mike / October 11, 2016

Corporate Assessment (CA): Stability, Assets & Reputation Report | Do you need a Corporate Assessment performed on a company you’re doing due diligence on? If so, read below to learn about what goes into a corporate assessment and how AsiaBridge Law can help. Do you need a Corporate Assessment performed on a company you’re doing…

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How to Do Due Diligence on Chinese Suppliers

Due Diligence

By Mike / January 18, 2016

The Corporate Assessment (CA) is the idea tool for clients who want viability into the stability, assets & reputation of a target company.

This report is particularly of value to clients who are thinking about litigation against a Chinese company. If a company doesn’t have assets, it’s not worth the effort to fight and win only to remain uncompensated!

If the subject company has assets and is being sued by others for similar reasons, it could be an opportunity to combine resources.

The subject company will not know the assessment is taking place.

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Is it Legal & Safe to Hire a Freelancer in China?

By Mike / April 25, 2015

Questions & Answers (Hire a Freelancer in China) Q: More and more websites (like oDesk.com, Elance.com Freelancer.com) in English and Chinese are connecting international business people w Chinese freelancers to project work on a part time and sometimes full time basis. What do the Chinese HR laws say about this? A: Technically, this transaction is not…

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Dispute Resolution China

Dispute Resolution

By Mike / November 8, 2014

Has an Asia company broken their contracts or caused you financial loss? AsiaBridge uses diplomacy, demand letters, litigation & other means to recover funds and gain compensation for our clients. Here is an overview of the process.

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Copyright Registration | Copyrights in China: Protecting your Intellectual Property (IP)

Copyright Registration

By Mike / November 8, 2014

AsiaBridge helps clients register, monitor, protect & enforce their IP rights in Asia. We offer fast, affordable & effective means of registering trademarks and patents in China. China is a “first-to-register” rather than “first-to-market” system. Let’s get your ideas protected before your suppliers and competitors beat you to the patent office! Read all about it here.

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About Us

By Mike / November 7, 2014

About Us – Evolution, Ownership & Market Position A Business Opportunity Captured The Problems: Western lawyers aren’t allowed to practice in most parts of Asia. Asian lawyers fluent in European languages are hard to find and charge a massive premium.  Most local lawyers are not trained in the Western concepts of customer service and project…

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Practice Areas

Practice Areas

By Mike / November 7, 2014

Practice Areas – AsiaBridge Law Are you looking for legal support in Asia? Click here to see the complete list of practice areas AsiaBridge Law supports for our clients seeking legal aid. The following services are available in some or all of our coverage areas. Due Diligence & Monitoring Corporate Assessment (CA): Stability, Reputation &…

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Hong Kong’s Legal System and the P.R.C.

By Mike / May 12, 2014

“One China, two systems” In the United States, we tend to take for granted the Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause. The concept is simple: any valid judgment issued by one state is fully enforceable in another state. Unfortunately, international civil litigation is not that simple and as a result the designated jurisdiction in your…

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Trademark Longevity in the PRC

By Mike / January 20, 2014

After a year and half, our client’s trademark was finally granted by the Trademark Office in Beijing. The client asked me: “Do you have any guidance on requirements for usage and requirements for ongoing maintenance?” Good question. It occurred to me that this is something important for people to know about, after they tried so…

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4 Simple Ways to Protect yourself in the New Year

By Mike / January 6, 2014

It’s a new year and new scams are on the rise.  Make sure you’re prepared. An English speaking Chinese lawyer explains the best ways protect yourself in China Be sure to register your IP.  China recognizes IP if it’s registered in China and not if it’s on the market or already registered in your home…

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Purchase Agreements vs. Purchase Orders

By Mike / November 19, 2013

More than once, when I review Purchase Agreements (PA) that buyers have already signed with his or her supplier, I’ve found that actually what he signed is a Purchase Order (PO). What are the differences between a PO and a PA? A Purchase Agreement is an agreement signed by both buyer and supplier focused mainly…

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Too good to be true, rings true, whether buying or selling in China

By Mike / June 19, 2013

  When I wrote blogs about protecting yourself while sourcing in China, I got a call from an overseas client who was trying to sell his wine to China.  He told me he would fly to China to sign a contract with his buyer.  The buyer approached the company selling in China and asked to…

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Choosing Your Business Vehicle: Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises

By Mike / April 26, 2013

An English Speaking Chinese Lawyer Explains about WFOE (WOFE) in China Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises (WFOE) (sometimes written as WOFE), usually take the form of limited liability companies and the liability of the foreign investor in respect of the WFOE is limited to the amount of capital it agrees to contribute.   The risk (sometimes…

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Don’t Be Fooled By a Local Partner

By Mike / March 27, 2013

Chinese don’t trust other Chinese that they don’t know.  Why are foreigners so trusting? Asks an English Speaking Chinese Lawyer Doing business in China is not easy. However, a local partner may help you navigate the Chinese business landscape easier. With a good partner you won’t have to worry about most of the headaches that come…

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IPR

How to protect your IPR while doing business in China

By Mike / March 20, 2013

How can we protect our Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) effectively in China? Q&A with Sophie:  An English Speaking Lawyer in China One of my clients asked me a question today that I believe is a common concern, so I thought I should blog about it.   The following are are the key points from my…

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