General Counsel in China
Having China-based, English speaking legal counsel on retainer is a cost effective way to avoid pitfalls and ensure your business strategy is sound. Counsel is there not only to get you out of the occasional crisis but also to help clients improve the day-to-day running of their business.
When a client need support, our lawyers and support staff are ready to help immediately. No need for lengthy contract negotiations or wasted time getting lawyers up to speed.
If you are importing, exporting, or based in China, General Counsel can assist in the following areas:
Drafting Legal Documents
Increase your chances of success should you enter into a court case with a supplier who has broken the terms of a contract. A well-worded, bi-lingual contract can help protect your interests and shows suppliers you are a professional who is serious about IP, quality and lead-times.
- Negotiations with Chinese-based entities
- Contract review & creation
- Legal opinion
- Government relations
- Intellectual property registration
Once registered you will be surprised at how level the playing field is should your encounter violations and seek the involvement of Chinese courts. Patent and Trademark registration is straight forward and affordable in China, which is a first-to-register rather than first-to-market system.
Monitor your suppliers to ensure your IP is being respected. At periodic times during the year we will look for infringement via visits to the factory and company trade show booths; monitoring of the patent office for registration of competing patents; reviews of domestic and international web directories known as hot beds for counterfeits; and checking of the supplier’s website as well as additional techniques to be disclosed to the client in private.
- Regulatory compliance
- Corporate governance
- Labor law
- Tax codes
- Mergers & acquisition
- Due diligence
- Crisis management
- & other services in China