Starting Your Business in China
Written by jayshaw   

Jay & Shaw is a law firm focusing on legal services in relation to foreign investment in China, with services ranging from establishing your business all the way through to dissolution. We also offer practical legal advice on market entry as well as cost-efficient strategies.

With a number of business model available to foreigners in China, Jay & Shaw can advise you which one can best meet your needs. The following is a brief explanation of the business types available:

•  WOFE (Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise) – a limited liability company which is wholly owned by the foreign investor(s). The minimum registered capital required for the WFOE varies for different industries. 

•  Representative Office (RO) - a business association which is setup in China, to represent its overseas parent company. This is not an independent legal entity and it can be used for market research activities or for building associations with Chinese businesses and customers.

•  Foreign-Invested Partnership Enterprise (FIPE) – either a general or limited partnership which is made up of at least one foreign partner. Both foreign individuals and legal entities can be partners of a FIPE. This is usually the most convenient way for foreigners to set up business in China.

•  Foreign-Invested Joint Venture (JV) - foreign companies, enterprises and other economic organizations or individuals can establish a joint equity venture with Chinese companies, enterprises and other economic organizations. Both parties of the venture share the profits, risks and losses in proportion to their contributions to the registered capital. 

How Jay & Shaw can help

The stress of starting a business can be huge, and the lawyers at Jay & Shaw are here to help. We are able to advise you on all the necessary legal matters, to make certain you can focus on making your business a success. To do this, Jay and Shaw also ensure our fees are viable to give you the best chance of effectively establishing your place within the China business market.

When a lawyer is engaged in the initial establishment of the company, the benefits of a properly constructed company will be immediately apparent from the smooth registration of the company, the expedient signing of well-constructed employment contracts, and, of course, the first day of trading. In addition, a lawyer will assist the company with all its future legal work as the lawyer will have the benefit of full knowledge and understanding of the structure of the company.  He will be able to skillfully navigate the company through what could be a potential minefield of Chinese law.

Let Jay and Shaw provide you with a comprehensive service

When starting your business in China, the experienced lawyers at Jay & Shaw will work with other business service agencies in Beijing to overcome any difficulties which may arise. Our close-knit network includes accountants, headhunting companies, office renting agents and corporate service agents in the major cities of China. We will work for you to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.
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