Asia Market Watch - Codification – Great for Investors, Bad for Lawyers

by: Richard

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 7:01 PM



As someone who has spent a good part of his career focused on trying to make sense of Chinese laws and regulations for investors, I’ve always feared the day that China gets it act together.  A whole lot of our business goes down the drain if investors learn the rules of the game.One of the ways in which China could dama...

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Asia Market Watch: Keeping Chinese Companies Accountable

by: Ash Kalb

Posted on December 29, 2008 at 10:12 PM



The recent dismissal of the first major securities class action suit against China Life got us thinking about the stock market again (something we've been trying to avoid for the past several months).  What kind of liabilities will we find at Chinese public companies as the market shines its light upon Chinese accountin...

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Asia Market Watch - Is Everything I Know About China's Economy Wrong?

by: Richard

Posted on December 23, 2008 at 6:12 PM



Many US/UK China lawyers like to believe that the work that they have done over the years has actually done helps the situation of the average Chinese citizen, but is it true?  Or are the investment our clients make actually stifling consumer growth and, perhaps, anti-capitalist?It might not have been the exact argument...

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Asia Market Watch - Are Chinese “Famous Brands” Now Infamous?

by: Richard

Posted on December 18, 2008 at 9:12 PM



An American who ran a school in Shanghai once told me about why he was fired from a former job.  In the middle of a heated discussion with Chinese student, he decided to take a strongly contrary position by arguing that China couldn’t even make one product well enough to establish a famous international brand.  It was a...

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Asia Market Watch: Are Your Client’s Factories Going Bankrupt?

by: Richard

Posted on December 16, 2008 at 8:12 PM



Asia Legal Blog recently stopped in to read the blog of NY-based sourcing consultancy Panjiva, and we were amazed at the insights it provides on the effect of the economic downturn on Chinese manufacturers.  We thought a few topics would be of particular interest to our readers, and may be worth highlighting to some of ...

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Asia Market Watch - Checking in With Asia/Middle East Project Finance Groups

by: Richard

Posted on December 15, 2008 at 6:12 PM



Project finance is one of the most attractive areas of finance law.  Large tangible results, multifaceted deals involving numerous parties and languages, and a gigantic number after the dollar sign – What’s not to like?So the question remains: with most of the finance world suffering, are our project finance colleagues ...

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Foreign firms Can Now Date in Singapore Without a Chaperone

by: Richard

Posted on December 11, 2008 at 8:12 PM



It’s a shame that Singapore is usually a second thought to Hong Kong in the China legal and business world.  Many locals speak fluent Mandarin and the expat scene is much less of a fishbowl than Hong Kong.  And with connections to both China and India, firms in Singapore are the perfect one stop-shop to run your “Chindi...

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Asia Market Watch: Part I

by: Ash Kalb

Posted on October 7, 2008 at 9:10 PM



Will the Market Dig a Hole All the Way to China?Stock prices have tumbled with, it seems, no end in sight.  The Dow broke 10,000 in the wrong direction this Monday. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have let us down.  US banks are failing and consolidating at an alarming rate. An unprecedented economic bailout package, whose t...

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