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A Sovereign Thumb on the Scale: Appeals Court Defers to China’s Interpretation of Its Own Laws To Dismiss Antitrust Suit

The Second Circuit recently set aside a $147 million verdict against two Chinese companies accused of conspiring to fix the price and supply of vitamin C sold to U.S. buyers. In re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation. The panel...more

WSGR Persuades Second Circuit to Overturn $150 Million Judgment Against Chinese Vitamin C Manufacturers

On September 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in a closely watched dispute over the question of whether foreign companies may be held liable under U.S. antitrust law for price...more

A Major Change to the Foreign Investment Regime in China

The current Chinese foreign investment laws were enacted decades ago. Under these laws the approval process is typically time-consuming and burdensome for a foreign investor. In an attempt to streamline the regulatory...more

International Comity and Deference: A Foreign Government with Final Say When Interpreting its Own Laws

On Tuesday, the Second Circuit in In Re Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation vacated a $147 million award against two Chinese companies for engaging in anti-competitive behavior. At issue was how a federal court should respond...more

China’s Ongoing Foreign Direct Investment Law Reform: A Major Move to Simplify Market Entry Matters

China’s foreign investment regulatory landscape is undergoing another wave of major revamping since China amended its Company Law and the implementation guidelines regarding the registered capital of foreign-invested...more

Three Key Takeaways from the Nu Skin FCPA Settlement for a Corrupt Charitable Donation

In a rare enforcement action, the SEC settled an FCPA enforcement action for $766,000 for a charitable donation of $154,000 to improperly influence a high-ranking Chiese Communist party official to prevent a provincial agency...more

China Amends Its Foreign-Investment Laws, Officially Reforming Its More Than Three-Decade-Old Foreign-Investment Approval Regime

On September 3, 2016, the Twelfth National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed amendments to the current four main foreign-investment laws in China: Law of the People's Republic of China on Chinese-Foreign Equity...more

Comity Over Competition in Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation

Forced to choose between the competing concerns of international comity and United States antitrust law in In re: Vitamin C Antitrust Litigation, a unanimous panel of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided this...more

3 Rounds to Lucas Mill in Chinese Patent Case

In 2014 Lucas Mill discovered a knockoff of its patented portable sawmill being sold online and took immediate action for infringement of its Chinese patent against the Chinese manufacturer, Shandong Shuanghuan Machinery...more

Tax Implications For Real Property Leasing

Reforms to China’s value-added tax raise issues that landlords should consider when designing leasing structures and negotiating rental terms. On May 1, 2016, China’s value-added tax (VAT) replaced the business tax in...more

Claim For Fraudulent Wire Transfer Under Commercial Crime Policy Found to be Covered, Although Denial Not In Bad Faith

Principle Solutions Group, LLC, an information technology company, lost $1.717 million when it became the victim of a fraud scheme for which it sought coverage under the terms of a commercial crime policy issued by Ironshore...more

Department of State Releases October 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based China and India First Preference and Worldwide Second Preference cutoff dates become “current” once again. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for August 2016

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

China Adopts New Regulatory Regime for Foreign Invested Enterprises

Action Item: China reforms its regulatory regime for managing FIEs by replacing existing MOFCOM approval requirements with a filing procedure nationwide. Beginning October 1, 2016, the incorporation of or a major change to an...more

China’s Draft Foreign Investment Law Still under Review, but “Negative List” System Comes into Effect Nationwide October 1

A February 2015 Morrison & Foerster client alert reported on the issuance of a new draft Foreign Investment Law (“FIL”) that, if promulgated, would institute far-reaching changes to the Chinese government’s oversight of...more

China Policy for Lender Liability in Green Finance Guidelines

In April 2015, the Final Report of the People’s Bank of China’s Green Finance Task Force made 14 recommendations to facilitate the establishment of China’s green finance system. Recommendation 13 proposed the imposition of...more

US and China Ratify the Paris Climate Agreement

Prior to the G20 Leaders’ Summit on 4 September, China and the US ratified the Paris Climate Agreement during a ceremony in Hangzhou, China. This commitment from the world’s largest carbon dioxide emitters is expected to...more

Global Hail

The United States experiences a large number of hail events, but hail can occur anywhere in the world – especially in areas near mountainous terrain. Western China and northern India experience hail quite frequently, as do...more

China: Deregulation of the Foreign Direct Investment Regulatory Regime

Changes would reduce costs and improve certainty and efficiency for many foreign-invested enterprises in China, and potentially spur further FDI. Amendment - On September 3, 2016, the National People’s Congress...more

Asia's infrastructure opportunity

Both Japan and China have significantly increased their commitment to invest in Asian infrastructure, but steps must be taken in a number of other areas to unleash the region's full potential....more

Reforming China’s Legal Administration of Foreign Direct Investments: A Shift from the Substantial Review and Approval System to...

As of October 1, 2016, the current substantial examination and approval process required by the approval authorities (Approval Authorities, i.e., the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) or its local counterparts) for the...more

International Entrepreneurs New Proposed Work Authorization for Founders of Start-Up’s And a Comparison to Other Visa Options

On August 31, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed an “International Entrepreneur” (I.E.) rule that would allow qualifying foreign investors to develop and grow their start-up companies in the United...more

Chinese Companies Transacting in Canada — Deal’s Closed: Now What?

When Chinese and Canadian companies come together, whether it’s through a merger, joint venture or another arrangement where cultures will be meshed, tackling the cultural differences is critical. Culture isn’t about...more

China Ministry of Human Resources Issues Three New Regulations to Strengthen Enforcement of Labor Laws in 2017

Within the space of two months, the China Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security ("MHRSS") has issued three successive regulations aimed at strengthening enforcement of labor laws and regulations and ensuring...more

Making it big in Asia

Entrepreneurs dreaming of success in Asia-Pacific have several reasons to be optimistic that their hopes may one day translate into reality. Asia is seeing rapid growth in both output and consumption—creating a promising...more

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