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China launches its annual piracy crackdown campaign: focus on online piracy of films and TV programs

by Hogan Lovells on

China’s State Intellectual Property Office has recently announced, in a joint declaration with three other ministerial bodies, the launch of its annual online piracy crackdown campaign called the “Red Shield Net Sword...more

PRC Cybersecurity Law - one week to go, and there are still new developments

by DLA Piper on

The final countdown is on. The PRC Cybersecurity Law comes into force on 1 June 2017. This date marks a significant evolution in both the legal and enforcement environment for data protection in China, and organisations can...more

TMT China Brief - Winter/Spring 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Welcome to this edition of our bi-annual TMT China Brief! This edition features a total of 15 articles which capture the significant TMT developments in Greater China in the Winter/Spring 2017. These developments cover an...more

Trade Issues for Asia Business in 2017: A Look Beyond Headlines at TPP’s Demise and Emerging RCEP Trade Agreement

by White & Case LLP on

Press coverage about trade in Asia after the election of Donald Trump predominantly has framed a narrative that China stands to benefit from the demise of the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at the expense of the...more

Draft New Law Will Change the Regulatory Landscape for E-Commerce in China

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

China’s e-commerce market, with an annual turnover of more than 3.8 trillion yuan last year, has become the largest in the world. The various laws and regulations that were enacted by different authorities at different times...more

China Employment Law Alert: New Data Privacy Obligations for Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The National People's Congress Standing Committee has now finalised the new Cyber Security Law ("CSL"), to take effect on 1 June 2017. The fast development of the internet in China has caused a rapid escalation of security...more

Recent Developments in the Chinese Regulatory Regime Governing e-Commerce

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The Chinese regulatory regime governing e-commerce has been constantly evolving as domestic and cross-border e-commerce continues its rapid growth. Recently, the regulatory environment has opened up in several ways:...more

Online Seller Wins Dismissal of RICO Claims in Counterfeiting Action by Fashion Retailers

by Bryan Cave on

A New York federal court recently held that defendant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (“Alibaba”), which is notorious for allegedly enabling the sale of counterfeit products, did not violate federal racketeering law by selling...more

Alibaba Wins Dismissal of RICO Claims Asserted by Eight Luxury-Brand Plaintiffs

by Bryan Cave on

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (“Alibaba”) is making headlines once again with its recent victory in New York federal court. Notorious for allegedly enabling the sale of counterfeit products on its...more

China Tightens Regulations on Online Advertisements

On July 4, 2016, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) issued the Interim Measures for the Administration of Internet Advertising (“the Interim Measures”), which will take effect on Sept. 1, 2016....more

Implementation of Policy Allowing Complete Foreign Ownership in E-Commerce Operations Nationwide in China

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Issues the First Value-Added Telecom Services License to an E-Commerce Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise. Background - Historically, foreign investors were...more

Tax Newsletter - March / April 2016 (China and Hong Kong)

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest issue of our Tax Newsletter. In this issue, we have covered a number of developments and cases in the PRC and Hong Kong which could impose legal and tax implications to your business. In the PRC, an...more

Manatt Digital - June 2016

In this newsletter, we examine what's new in media as it relates to the Chinese market with specific emphasis on VR, Hollywood, and the ongoing digital transition....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.15.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A nasty May jobs report and fears about China’s markets have probably done in any plans the Fed had to raise rates in June [though maybe it shouldn’t wait much longer]. Here are the 5 things we should be watching when the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.26.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC has opened an inquiry into Alibaba’s accounting related to affiliated companies and related-party transactions, a big deal for a company “long seen as a symbol of China’s growing technological might”...more

China increases taxes on cross-border e-commerce retail import

by DLA Piper on

On 24 March 2016, the China Ministry of Finance, together with the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration of Taxation, announced in a new circular, Cai Guan Shui [2016] No.18 (New Circular), that a...more

China Imposes New Restrictions on Internet Content

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Rules imposing new restrictions on the publication of online content in China came into effect on March 10, 2016. The new rules, the Online Publishing Service Administrative Rules, were jointly released by the State...more

China Makes Updates to Catalog of Telecommunication Business

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Dec. 28, 2015, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (“MIIT”) issued the Catalog of Telecommunication Business (2015 Edition) (the “2015 Edition”), which will take effect on...more

Online Payment Systems Technology in China—Trojan Horse or Forbidden Fruit?

by Morgan Lewis on

Powerful new computational technology pioneered in e-commerce presents Chinese regulators with potential concerns and solutions to the perennial problem of information, pricing, and settlement capacity. Online payment...more

Liberalization of Policy on E-Commerce from Shanghai Free Trade Zone to All of China: Allows Complete Foreign Ownership in...

On June 19, 2015, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) promulgated a new policy, Opinions on Lifting Restrictions on the Foreign Equity Ratio for Online Data Processing and Transaction Processing...more

Guiding Opinions to Promote Healthy and Rapid Development of Cross-Border E-Commerce

The Chinese e-commerce industry is rapidly expanding, and the nation is the world’s second largest online retail market. The business-to-consumer industry in particular is expected to see record growth in the next few years....more

Tax Newsletter - January/February 2015 (China & Hong Kong)

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: To People’s Republic of China: -Draft Foreign Investment Law -New Developments On Indirect Transfers Of Properties By Foreign Investors -Exposure Draft Of Revised Tax Collection And...more

New Shanghai Free Trade Zone Policy: WFOEs Now Permitted to Provide E-Commerce Services

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China has announced that foreign investors may now hold 100 percent of the equity shares in e-commerce companies located in the...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 removes foreign investment cap on e-commerce business in the Shanghai free trade zone

by DLA Piper on

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

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