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China's Tax Administration Issues New Rules Governing Taxation of Offshore Indirect Transfers

On February 3, 2015, the PRC State Administration of Taxation (“SAT”) released the Announcement of SAT Concerning Several Matters Relating to Corporate Income Tax on Indirect Transfer of Properties by Non-tax Resident...more

What to expect from China's new investment laws

On 19 January 2015 MOFCOM issued a draft of the PRC Foreign Investment Law for public comment (FIL). Below we highlight key features of the new foreign investment regime. While the road to the actual passage of the FIL will...more

China issues new CBRC Guidelines Is China putting the squeeze on foreign investment in its banking industry?

A new set of regulations issued by the China Banking Regulatory Commission has fuelled concerns that China intends to squeeze foreign investment in its banking industry....more

China Issues a First Draft of its New Foreign Investment Law for Public Comment

The Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China recently (19 January 2015) published a first draft of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Foreign Investments (the Draft Law), for public...more

China’s Draft Foreign Investment Law: A Paradigm Shift in Regulation of Foreign Investment

On January 19, 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released for public comment a draft Foreign Investment Law; “FIL”) along with an accompanying explanatory note (“Note”). The deadline for comments is February 17,...more

"China's MOFCOM Aims to Fundamentally Change the Legal Landscape on Foreign Investments"

In January 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released a discussion draft of the proposed Foreign Investment Law (Discussion Draft), soliciting comments from the public. The Discussion Draft is aimed to, upon its...more

Corporate Alert: Proposed Foreign Investment Law Would Bring Profound Changes to Foreign Investment Regime in China

On January 19, 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released a draft Foreign Investment Law (the “Draft Foreign Investment Law”) for public comments, together with MOFCOM’s explanatory notes (the “Explanatory...more

Comparison Chart re JV Law and Foreign Investment Law (Draft for Comments)

On January 19, 2015, MOFCOM released a draft for comment of PRC Foreign Investment Law (the “FIL”). The deadline for comments is February 17, 2015. The purpose of the FIL is to replace the present-day laws for foreign...more

China’s New Policy for Foreign Investment in E-Commerce - Shanghai Free Trade Zone Opens Door for Complete Foreign Ownership in...

Further to the early 2014 policy that relaxed the restrictions on the foreign equity ratio in value-added telecommunications business in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (“Shanghai FTZ”), on January 15, 2015, the Ministry of...more

China Seeks to Reform Regulation of Foreign Investments with New Law

The new law, when implemented, will make sweeping changes to the current regulation of foreign investments. On January 19, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China published a draft Foreign...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: China Through-Train Investment Scheme

The eagerly anticipated Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (Stock Connect), or the so-called “through-train,” was launched on November 17, 2014, allowing foreign investors for the first time to directly buy and sell stocks...more

Global Tax News - January 2015

A SWIFT LOOK AT OECD’S DISCUSSION DRAFTS ON BEPS PLUS ONE CHART SETTING OUT TIMELINES - During the short days before Christmas, when most of us were busy closing transactions or making last-minute year-end reviews to...more

Are VIEs Finished?

On January 19, 2015, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) released the draft Foreign Investment Law (the “Draft Law”) for public comment. The public consultation period will end on February 17, 2015, after which the...more

Draft of China’s New Foreign Investment Law

On Jan. 19, 2015, the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) published the draft of the Foreign Investment Law (“draft”) to solicit public comments. The draft, once finalized, will replace the existing Foreign Invested...more

China Proposes Legislative Overhaul of Foreign Investment Regime

On January 19, 2015, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) published a draft bill of the Foreign Investment Law for public comment (the Draft FIL), revealing an upcoming overhaul of the...more

"Shanghai-HK Connect Opens Possibilities for Companies Looking to Tap Chinese Investor Demand"

November 17, 2014, marked the first day of trading under the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, a mutual market access platform that effectively opens the Hong Kong market to mainland Chinese investors. The Shanghai-HK Connect...more

"China M&A: Reform Plan Promotes Mixed Ownership of State-Owned Enterprises"

Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have played a significant role in the world's second-largest economy, with over 155,000 SOEs valued at approximately $17.4 trillion at the end of 2013 spanning almost every industry...more

Consultation Draft Rules Issued by the China Securities Regulatory Commission Regarding Foreign Investment in Futures Contracts

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has issued draft rules for consultation purposes relating to the proposed investment by foreign investors and dealing by foreign brokerages in futures contracts in the...more

China removes foreign investment cap on e-commerce business in the Shanghai free trade zone

The PRC Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced on January 13, 2015 that effective the same date, the investment ratio restriction for foreign investment in e-commerce business (falling under the...more

Evaluating the Draft Amendment of the Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue

Recently, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) jointly released a draft of the new Foreign Investment Guidance Catalogue for public...more

China Encourages Foreign Investment in Senior Care Services

On 24 November 2014, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) of China jointly issued the Announcement Encouraging Foreign Investors to Establish For-Profit Senior Care Institutions to Engage...more

Foreign Investor Protection v. National Sovereignty: The Pros and Cons of Investor-State Arbitration

United States companies investing abroad stand to gain additional legal protections in the near future from two international treaties currently under negotiation intended to safeguard investments of United States investors...more

Prediction 2015: Chinese investment wave will create many opportunities in the US

As the Chinese economy continues to become more important globally, we are seeing a shift in Asian investment in the United States, particularly in California. Chinese investors will become even more active and influential...more

Ten Tips for International Business

Fred Lipp, business law attorney and practice group leader, offers ten tips on doing business abroad: - Technology licensing and energy projects will continue as primary global drivers - Chinese products are...more

China Bank Card Clearing Market — A Feast for Foreign Investors?

China plans to promote consumption and open up its bank card clearing market. This is the outcome of a State Council meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on October 29, 2014. “All qualified domestic and overseas enterprises...more

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