Morning Briefing: China predicted to crackdown more on illegal practices

by NZ Lawyer05 Jan 2015
China predicted to crackdown more on illegal practices
China’s authorities will be launching increasingly vigorous crackdowns on illegal practices by foreign firms in 2015. That’s one of the predictions from Dan Harris of US-based law firm Harris Moure which also has affiliate practices in Beijing and Qingdao.  Writing at Harris says that there will be focus on those foreign firms that have operations in Hong Kong but are not registered to trade in RPC; those that are not paying the correct tax; corruption; and visas for foreigners. He warns that litigation in China is increasing and there has been an escalation in employment claims where Chinese workers have been unfairly dismissed.

Morgan Lewis hires former Binghams team in Tokyo
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