“Risky Business in China”

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

China risk is getting more attention these days, as foreign firms get caught up in bribery, food and work safety scandals, accounting frauds, as well as anti-trust investigations and, in some cases, government (and state-owned enterprise) procurement bans and the arrest of senior foreign executives. Businesses are having to re-evaluate their China risk exposure, and […]

China Risk & The New Reality

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Things can move quickly in China, and yesterday’s opportunity can become today’s risk. One of the (sometime fast) drivers of China business risk is government, with policy and regulation occasionally crashing into the best laid business plans. In the past week alone I have tweeted about news on the regulatory risk around investment in Chinese […]

Risky Business In China – A Guide To Due Diligence

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Worried about risk in China? If so, this upcoming book by China Business Services founder (and China Business Blog editor), Jeremy Gordon, is for you. “Risky Business in China – A Guide To Due Diligence”, will be Published by Palgrave in September 2014: “Risk is a major reason that companies fail in, or fail to […]

Don’t Quote Me…On Working The System

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

A very nice post, entitled “Floating Houses, Conflicting Laws, And Really Nice Governmental Officials. China Law Practice Writ Large” from Dan Harris over at China Law Blog, who picked up on a piece from Stan Abrams’ China Hearsay. The concluding message is the focus for the purposes of our “Don’t Quote Me” series: “Bottom Line: […]

Rio Update: Charges, Representation & Farce

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Well, we have covered the Rio story so far (see: “Oh Rio…”; “Rio & China’s Arrested Development” and “The Perfidy of Rio”), so feel we must press on… The “Rio 4”, who have now been charged with bribery (but not the more difficult spying / state secrets charge), have appointed leading law firm Duan & […]

Oh Rio…

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

The Rio case (see earlier post here) has continued to generate headlines as it manages to encapsulate several good news themes – China’s economic growth (and need for raw materials), its impact on trade (and need for raw materials), its continued investments overseas (and need for raw materials), its lack of transparency in legal (or […]

Rio & China’s Arrested Development

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The big China / corporate / M&A story of recent times was Chinalco’s bid for Rio Tinto (see here, there and everywhere). As we reported, the deal fell through – to the dismay of many in China. The state media made “The Perfidy of Rio” sound like sour grapes. Now there has been a more […]

Google Gets Turned Off

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Raises searching questions – WSJ: China Orders Google to Suspend Some Search Services http://bit.ly/TRman 2:15 PM Jun 19th from TweetDeck Comment: This is not the first time Google has been in the news in China. But it is also not (we understand) the only search engine to find “impure” content. Expect more controversy, along with […]

Briefly…Top Ten Tweets: From the Environment to Environmental ODI, Rejected ODI, Odious Autos and Dodgy Data. And a Bit of Economics & Politics.

Friday, June 5th, 2009

1. Environment: “It is a disgraceful lifestyle to drive a BMW but have only dirty water to drink”. China’s environment minister http://bit.ly/3qXGp Comment: The environment is looming large as a topic, and is also getting a lot of fiscal stimulus attention. For more on what he said, and on “green” ODI and carbon taxes, see […]

Scam Busters. A China Reminder.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

The old China buyer scam is till around – and “China” + “scam” remains one of the top searches leading people to this blog. As many look to China for opportunities, some may be tempted to fall for the old tricks. But a little due diligence and some common sense can save the day. If […]