People all over the world have been admirably making an effort to carry on with their everyday life and work as practically possible during the Covid-19 pandemic. In that spirit, Llinks Law Offices will host this webinar series to keep you updated with the latest legal and regulatory environment in China, which is the UK’s third largest export market and an important investment destination for UK businesses. While China can be a challenging market for foreign companies, many business opportunities exist for firms that set up and operate in China correctly.
Are you planning to enter the Chinese market but not sure how to start?
Have you established your entity in China but not sure how to navigate various intricate Chinese laws and regulations?
How do you protect your business interests given the current pandemic?
Llinks Law Offices, a leading PRC law firm linking local legal intelligence with the world, is hosting a webinar series to help you set up and safe guard your business in China.
Who Should Join the Webinars?
The webinars are useful for anyone interested in China business, particularly those considering setting up presences in China or foreign companies that already have subsidiaries in China.
No matter if you are a start-up or multinational company, there is plenty of in-depth professional insight to help you understand the major legal issues on entering and operating in China and provide you with the practical advice to succeed in China.
What Will You Learn from the Webinars?
- How to efficiently set up your entity in China
- How to quickly adapt to China’s new Foreign Investment Law
- How to safely manage and tackle labour law challenges
- How to strike a good balance between data utilization and compliance
- How to safeguard your intellectual property rights in China
Check the Schedule of Webinars and Register Now:
1. China’s New Foreign Investment Law: What That Means for Foreign Businesses-Tuesday, 31 March
2. Top Ten Labour Law Issues to Consider When Setting up An Entity in China – Thursday, 2 April
3. China’s Data Laws Explained – Thursday, 16 April
4. Safeguard Your Intellectual Property in China – Tuesday, 21 April
||Part One: China’s New Foreign Investment Law: What That Means for Foreign Businesses
Tuesday, 31 March at 9:30 UK Time/16:30 China Time
Following the enactment and implementation of China’s new Foreign Investment Law (FIL), more than 375,000 existing wholly foreign-owned enterprises (WFOEs) in China are subject to new compliance requirements and they need to be converted into limited liability companies before the end of 2024. This leads to questions such as:
- How to set up an entity in China under the new FIL regime?
- How to adapt to the new FIL and ensure full compliance?
- How would a foreign entity in China navigate the key issues such as negative list and access permit (including further liberalization of the financial sectors), capital flow and currency control, downstream investment and acquisition funding etc.
In this webinar, we will be looking at the FIL and how it impacts foreign investors looking to enter the Chinese market and those already operating in China.
Yuhua Yang, Partner of Llinks Law Offices, London
Yuhua graduated from Peking University China with an LL.B. degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. She obtained an LL.M. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Certificate of Study in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School in the U.S.
Yuhua specializes in international practices, serving both Chinese and international clients fields as diverse as Corporate and Commercial, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, M&A, Private Equity, Venture Capital and International Dispute Resolution.
Prior to joining Llinks Law Offices, Yuhua worked at law firms in London, New York and Hong Kong.
Yuhua is qualified to serve on the board of listed company as a non-executive independent director. She also serves the EU SME Centre as a Legal Expert and is listed on the panel of legal experts experienced in international legal practice, which is recognized by the Ministry of Justice of the People’s Republic of China.
Yuhua was recommended by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017.
||Part Two: Top Ten Labour Law Issues to Consider When Setting up An Entity in China
Thursday, 2 April at 9:30 UK Time/16:30 China Time
Having quality staff is essential for your business development. This is true when expanding into a new market and all the more so in a country with a unique business culture like China. The labour and employment laws in China are significantly different from British ones. The potential legal risks and the non-compliance costs are huge as Chinese labour law focuses on protecting employees. In this Webinar, we will help explore the top ten labour law issues that must be understood when setting up and managing an entity in China. We will also highlight the essentials that you must know from hiring to firing.
Speaker: Patrick Gu, Partner of Llinks Law Offices, Shanghai
Patrick graduated from the Law School of Fudan University China with an LL.B degree. He possess in-depth knowledge and abundant practice experience gained from working for top-tier foreign and local Chinese law firms as well as Fortune 500 companies for more than a decade.
Patrick frequently advises high-profile clients on execution of cross-border assignments and repatriations, mid-and senior-level employee dismissals, workforce redundancy, mass layoffs, employee transfer, employee integration arising from organizational restructurings, divestitures, spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions, as well as regularly representing clients in arbitrations and litigations.
Patrick also worked as a labour disputes arbitrator at the Shanghai Municipal Labour Arbitration Commission.
Patrick is well known for providing constructive, practical and insightful legal advice and solutions to both Chinese and international clients.
Patrick was recommended as the leading labour lawyer by Legal Band and China Law & Practice in 2019.
||Part Three: China’s Data Laws Explained
Thursday, 16 April at 9:30 UK Time/16:30 China Time
In the era of a digitalized economy, one cannot underrate the importance of data. Data is the lifeblood of businesses; for governments data governance has become a national security; and as individuals we are all keenly aware of protecting our privacy.
In this webinar, we will explore China’s data classification laws and share case studies on how foreign entities in China can strike a balance between data utilization and compliance.
Speaker: David Pan, Partner of Llinks Law Offices, Shanghai
David graduated from Harvard Law School with a LL.M. and obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Shanghai Jiao Tong University China. David is admitted to practice law both in China and New York State, U.S.
David has more than 19-years of practice experience in China and U.S. He has gained in-depth knowledge on Chinese and international commercial cultures and legal systems.
David specializes in Compliance (data and privacy, anti-corruption and antitrust), Corporate and Commerce, M&A, Cross-border Transactions and PE/VC.
Prior to joining Llinks Law Offices, David worked for two well-known Chinese law firms, and most recently worked for a Fortune 500 Company as its APAC General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
David has been highly recommended for a wide range of corporate practices by his clients including MNCs, Chinese SOEs and private clients.
David is qualified to serve on the board of PRC listed companies as an independent director. He is also listed as a recommended antitrust and competition lawyer by Legal 500 and a recommended corporate and compliance lawyer by Chambers. In 2018 and 2019, David was listed as one of the top 10 lawyers in the field of "Cybersecurity and Data Protection" in China by Legal Band. In 2019, the service team led by David was recommended as a leading team in the field of data security and privacy protection by China Business Law Journal.
||Part Four: Safeguard Your Intellectual Property in China
Tuesday, 21 April 9:30 UK Time/16:30 China Time
For foreign companies protecting their intellectual property (IP) is a key concern when doing business in China. Well-designed transactional structures, well-provisioned commercial contracts, and well-designed enforcement strategies are all important considerations when it comes to safeguarding IP rights in China.
In this webinar, we will be exploring the features of the IP legal system in China, analyzing the challenges businesses encounter in enforcing your IP rights in China, discussing practical solutions to safeguard IP assets when conducting business in China.
Speaker: Xun Yang, Llinks Law Offices, Shanghai
Yang Xun graduated from Fudan University China with an LL.B degree and LL.M degree. He also obtained an LL.M. degree from Columbia University, U.S.
Xun specializes in Intellectual Property Protection, Cyber Security and Information Governance, Privacy, Unfair-competition, and regulatory matters in life science and TMT (Technology，Media，Telecom) sectors.
Prior to joining Llinks, Xun worked for renowned international law firms including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons in Shanghai, Hong Kong, London and other international cities for 15 years.
Xun is regularly invited to contribute expertise for reputable legal publications such as China Law & Practice, Data Guidance, Computer and Technology Law Review, and E-Commerce Law Practitioner.
Xun has been listed by Legal 500 as a recommended lawyer in both IP and TMT areas. He has also been listed by Business Law Journal as a recommended lawyer in the life science area.
About Llinks Law Offices:
Llinks Law Offices is a leading PRC law firm with a nationwide and international practices specializing in cross-border transactions. We are renowned for providing high quality legal services and formulating innovative solutions to complex legal problems. We also strive to build a collegial team environment where the development of young lawyers is crucial to our future success. The firm’s professionalism and business expertise have been consistently recognized by numerous reputable national and international publications as a leading Chinese law firm, and has received the prestigious award of National Outstanding Law Firm in China.
Llinks Law Offices is headquartered in Shanghai with offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and London.
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