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New Chapter For Foreign Telecom Investment In Shanghai Free Trade Zone

The telecom industry has traditionally been highly regulated and restricted in terms of foreign investment in China. China tightly controls what types of telecom business including basic telecom services (BTS) and value-added...more

China Lowers Market Entry Barriers for Foreign-Invested Telecommunications Businesses Established in Shanghai Free Trade Zone

China has further opened up its value-added telecoms sector, starting with foreign-invested companies established in the new Shanghai Free Trade Zone (“SFTZ”). As reported in our January China Bulletin, the SFTZ offers...more

China's Latest Enforcement of the Anti-Monopoly Law and Price Supervision/Regulation

China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently outlined its latest efforts in the enforcement of the Anti-Monopoly Law and price supervision. This newsletter summarizes the noteworthy information NDRC...more

MIIT and Shanghai Government Confirm Telecoms Market Opening in China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone

Following issuance over the last several months of more general policy statements promising liberalized foreign investment rules applicable to the telecommunications sector within the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone...more

Russian Mergers & Acquisitions Market - Challenges and Opportunities  [Video]

David Crook and Eric Michailov, partners at White & Case, discuss how the legal environment is changing for Russia-related transactions in 2013....more

China Takes Further Steps to Strengthen the Protection of Personal Information

Recent provisions issued by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology underscore the country’s increased emphasis on the protection of telecommunications and internet users’ personal information....more

China VIEs: Recent Developments and Observations

As many of our readers are aware, the “variable interest entity” (“VIE”) structure has proven popular over the past decade as a means to facilitate the offshore financing of PRC companies doing business in regulated sectors...more

New Law on Customer Data Protection in China Impacting Telecom and Internet Companies

The Rules Regarding the Protection of Personal Information of Telecommunications and Internet Users (the “Rules”) were adopted and announced on July 16, 2013 by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the...more

China’s MIIT Releases Long-Awaited Draft Amended Telecoms Catalogue for Public Comment

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) issued a draft new Catalogue of Telecommunications Services 2013); the “Draft Catalogue”) for public comment on May 23, 2013. While the proposed...more

Congressional Committee Finds Huawei And ZTE To Be Threats To National Security By Shannon Doyle

On October 8, 2012, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (“the Committee”) published a report declaring two Chinese telecommunication equipment manufacturers, Huawei Technologies Company and ZTE, to be threats...more

Impact of Chinese Telecommunications Companies on U.S. Supply Chains

On October 8th, the U.S. House of Representative’s Intelligence Committee issued an investigative report (the “Report”) on issues related to the operations of Huawei Technologies Company Ltd. and ZTE Corporation. The Report...more

Intelligence Committee Calls for Expansion of CFIUS Jurisdiction

On October 8, 2012, the House Intelligence Committee issued a damning bi-partisan report on what it perceived to be national security risks posed by two Chinese telecommunications companies: Huawei and ZTE. The committee...more

U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE

Full text copy of "U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE," the House Committee on Intelligence report that found “the risks associated with [Chinese telecom companies]...more

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