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China’s (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone: Widening the Outbound Investment Pipeline

The launch of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) last September attracted a lot of attention both inside and outside of China. Since then, the lack of progress implementing stated goals for the FTZ as a...more

The Shortened Shanghai Free Trade Zone Negative List: One Small Step for Reform…

Amidst high hopes in the foreign investment community for a streamlined framework regulating inbound investment to the PRC, China’s State Council launched the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (the “SFTZ” or “Zone”) in...more

International Tax News - June 2014

NEW FOR SUPPLIERS OF DIGITAL CONTENT AND INTANGIBLES: DLA PIPER’S GLOBAL VAT GUIDE - Starting January 1, 2015, EU VAT rules for suppliers of digital content, telecommunications and broadcasting services are changing....more

New Shanghai Free Trade Zone Arbitration Rules

The Shanghai International Arbitration Center's (SHIAC) "China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Arbitration Rules" (FTZ Arbitration Rules) took effect on May 1, 2014. The FTZ Arbitration Rules adopt some recent developments...more

A Primer on the European Community Trademark

Trademarks used to be protected in Europe, for the most part, by registering them before the trademark office of each nation of interest. However, trademark registrations obtained under the national laws have sometimes been...more

US Trade with Mexico Doubles between 2009 and 2012

The Yucatan Times reports that Mexico is the United States’ second largest trading partner with about USD 500 billion worth of goods and services transferred across its borders. The outcome is considered to be the result of...more

The Amended PRC Company Law - More Flexibility in Establishing Companies (But With Conditions)

The new PRC Company Law, which took effect on March 1, 2014, overhauled long-standing registered capital requirements and streamlined the process of setting up companies in China. It simplified the requirements and process...more

A Digest of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Arbitration Rules: A More Liberal Development of Arbitration Practice in...

After splitting from the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (the CIETAC) through the notable “CIETAC split” event in 2012, the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (the...more

Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Honduras

Honduras, in the north-central part of Central America, has a Caribbean as well as a Pacific coastline. Generally mountainous, fertile plateaus, river valleys and narrow coastal plains mark the country. With 112,090 square...more

An Introduction to Non-Profit Entities in the DIFC

While the free zone continues to focus on the financial services industry, the Non-Profit Incorporated Organisation (NPIO) represents an additional tool to attract non-profit entities. While the Dubai International...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic offers outstanding advantages to foreign and national investors. The significant incentives and facilities offered by the Dominican State complement the many inherent factors that make this Caribbean...more

PBOC Formulates Further Policy Initiatives to Promote RMB as an International Currency

On 2 December 2013, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) issued its Opinions on Financially Supporting the Development of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (the “Opinions”). The Opinions represent latest steps...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

What Can Go Wrong In Structured Trade And Commodity Finance - Lessons For China

Structured trade and commodity finance (STCF) is central to international trade and is progressively becoming an important source of finance for Chinese companies, given that China is now the most significant player in the...more

Shanghai Free Trade Zone: A Bold Work in Progress

For foreign investors, one of the biggest China news stories last year was the official launch on September 29 of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (the "SFTZ"). The SFTZ has been heralded as a testing ground...more

Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone – empty gestures or meaningful reforms?

The China (Shanghai) Free Trade Pilot Zone (FTZ), approved by the State Council at the beginning of July 2013, was launched with much fanfare at the end of September. The launch and the publicity surrounding it gave rise to...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

PBOC Pledges Financial Support for China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone

On December 2, 2013, the People’s Bank of China (“PBOC”) has issued the Opinions on the Financial Support for the Building of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone....more

Further Financial Reform Measures for Shanghai Free Trade Zone

On December 2, 2013, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) issued its Opinion Concerning Financial Support for Building up Shanghai Free Trade Zone. The opinion aims to support the government’s goal to accelerate China’s economic...more

China Launches Pilot Free Trade Zone In Shanghai

On September 29, 2013, China officially opened another special zone in its ongoing economic reform, China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone ("the Pilot Free Trade Zone"). Integrating four existing bonded zones in Shanghai,...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - November 2013

In This Issue: - Government Shutdown Disrupts And Delays Various Trade Agency Functions - China Launches Pilot Free Trade Zone In Shanghai - "Reshoring" Gaining Momentum Among U.S. Manufacturers - News Of...more

Free Trade Zone—New Frontier for Foreign Investment in China

On September 29, 2013, China launched the mainland’s first free trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai. The initiative is intended to be a pilot program to provide a blueprint of how China will reform its economic structure. The FTZ is...more

An overview of Shanghai Free Trade Zone: What it means to foreign investors?

Since the China (Shanghai) Free Trade Pilot Zone ("Shanghai FTZ") was approved by the State Council on 22 August 2013, investors have awaited detailed policies and regulations to be issued. In early September 2013, the...more

China Opens Experimental Free-Trade Zone in Shanghai

China’s hastily and recently launched first mainland free-trade zone is destined to be a laboratory for remaking the country's financial sector by attracting investment and internationalizing its currency. The China...more

Breakthrough Reform? Shanghai’s New Free Trade Zone

China officially launched the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (the “SHFTZ”) on September 29, 2013 and on the same day published a long-awaited and longer-than-expected “negative list” setting forth industry sectors...more

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