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China Proposes Draft Privacy Legislation with Significant Potential Implications

On July 6, 2015, China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), circulated for comment two pieces of draft legislation with significant potential implications for data privacy and data security in China. Comments...more

Amendments to the PRC Advertising Law: The Practical Implications for Brands

When Will Things Change - The existing PRC Advertising Law (Existing Law) entered into force on February 1, 1995 and has not been amended since then. With the advance of the internet and the fact that the average person...more

International IT Companies Face Continuing Headwinds in China

Our September 16, 2014 client alert, “Brave New World? Recent Challenges Facing Foreign IT Companies in China,” discussed efforts by the Chinese government to enforce heightened network security standards, with a particular...more

Back in the game: The rise of US M&A

US M&A is bouncing back - After a tough few years, acquisitions in the United States have seen a remarkable resurgence - The first half of 2014 saw a great dealmaking revival in the United States. Deal values...more

A Brave New World? Recent Challenges Facing Foreign IT Companies in China

On September 1, 2014, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued the Guiding Opinions on Strengthening Network Security in the Telecommunications and Internet Sectors (the “Opinions”). Issuance of...more

Tax Newsletter - May/June 2014 (China & Hong Kong)

Editorial Note: Welcome to our redesigned Tax Newsletter. You will notice we have streamlined the publication and will now publish bi-monthly instead of quarterly. For major developments that may be highly...more

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

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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