June 2014

Those that you work with heavily influence your viewpoint in China -- Michael Sylvester

Today I wanted to focus on a matter of perspective rather than the application of any specificglasses.jpg piece of legislation and how it applies to living, working and business here.
 
Sure, this is a bit of a strange place with it's decades of double digit growth, accidentally taking over the world economy with a huge checkbook and the occasional saber rattling with Japan over a few rocks in the sea between here and there.
 
Yet, at base how things work here, meaning not what you can get away with for lack of internal regulatory policing or training on the part of government officials, but what is defensible long-term in the stark light of day, is just not that damn differnt than anywhere else.
 
And if you want to argue about it because you have a story to tell and think China is just a black hole with no rules and is more of a mess than any other similarly powerful country, let's talk about horse meat in Europe for a minute or two...

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Talking to the Enemy -- Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?

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'Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?' is a quote from Abraham Lincoln near the end of the civil war.  It is also a main concept that Scott Altran uses to weave together his story.

We have been advocating looking at the similarities, rather than any of the differences, in Chinese-US relations for more than a decade and welcome the (un) making of differences in any discipline.

Meaning, one need not support the world view or purported goals of those we can not understand.  But if we give up the chance to understand others and when doing so try to give them a way to understand us, then we all lose.

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Prenuptial Agreement in China -- Ella Xu

More and more expacts living in China get married with local Chinese people. They are attractive by the unique oriential temperament and culture when they decide to tie the knot with the lovers.  But, we'd like to remind you to stop here for a minute to consider signing a Prenuptial Agreement with your future spouse.                                                                 

Especially when you meet any of the conditions below: 

1) Having marriage before; 2) Having kids or offspring; 3) Having assests/property abroad; 4) Having or will have Company Shares; 5) Having debt; 6) Having or will have promotion or huge development; 7) Having commercial insurance abroad.

When we help client draft this kind of cross-border Prenuptial Agreement, more emphasis will be paid on the regional and combination of the legal system of the two countries. 

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Tomorrow is just another yesterday that has not happened yet. Michael Sylvester

 rolling-earth.jpgWhile Linkedin™ identifies me as both legal counsel and a crystal ball reader, I do not actually have a candle lit gypsy tent with a large glass orb in the center.  Nor do I speak in riddles. 

Well, some of our clients might disagree about the speaking in riddles part, but that does not detract from the larger message that anyone telling you that they are able to predict the future might be as crazy as hell...

Unless, you meant what I did when I chose to use those words to describe what we do here... For, if we accept the proposition that tomorrow is a yesterday that has not happened yet we can rather accurately predict the future.  How?  By trying to limit the negative impact of the expensive and time consuming decisions we made this morning.  That is how we predict the future.  

 

 

 

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