Archive for October, 2004

Book Reviews

Friday, October 29th, 2004

Books on doing business in China are so plentiful that it can be hard to keep up. Useful reviews of some excellent recent publications have been reported by the China-Britain Trade Review

Service Update Q4, 2004

Friday, October 29th, 2004

We are pleased to introduce two new team members – Michael Wadley in Shanghai, and David Keir in Beijing. Michael is an experienced lawyer, formerly the China representative for a major Australian firm, while David has worked with major consultancies on strategy and investment issues in China for the past 10 years. For more information […]

Legal Services

Friday, October 29th, 2004

Legal issues provide regular (and often frustrating) challenges for foreign businesses operating in China. With around 110,000 lawyers, in over 10,000 local and 160 international law firms, finding the right legal support for your business can be challenging and time- consuming.

China’s Outward Investment

Friday, October 29th, 2004

Chinese firms are increasingly looking to “go global”. Consumer companies such as Haier have already started to make an impact, but strong demand for resources is driving a new wave of strategic investment – as seen in the recent Minmetals bid for Canada’s biggest mining company, Noranda.

Accounting Services

Monday, October 18th, 2004

The accounting industry in China is highly fragmented. It is estimated that there are around 60,000 CPAs working at over 4,000 (mostly small) firms. At the top end of the scale there are around 30 larger local firms, a number of international-run firms, and the ‘Big 4’. The services on offer differ enormously – from simple audit work to value-added advisory services.

Selecting a Research Company

Monday, October 18th, 2004

Research services are available from a huge number of suppliers, ranging from local to national in scope, and including research generalists, sector specialists, and niche players supplying every service from basic data
collection, to sophisticated analysis.

In selecting a research company it is important to look beyond the glossy brochures…

Sourcing from China

Sunday, October 17th, 2004

There are a number of ways to approach the issue of sourcing, depending on the aims, the complexity of the supply chain, trade volume, and the resources available to manage the process. While it can be challenging, developing and implementing a workable sourcing strategy is a critical business issue. In addition to practical advice and information, there are a range of services available – from supplier identification and due diligence investigations, to negotiation support, on-site inspections, and full logistics management.