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In 2007 our Shanghai office was granted a license to practice law in China by the Ministry of Justice. This makes us one of the very few French law firms with an active and official presence in the country.

Our firm specialises in Franco-Chinese investments and advises both French and Chinese clients on projects in China, Europe and Africa.

Our dual approach is based on the following pillars:

  • Our permanent office in Shanghai, which is managed by Liwei Song (local partner) and is licensed by the Chinese Ministry of Justice.
  • Our bi-cultural team led by Xiaolin Fu-Bourgne, an Of Counsel of Chinese descent, and Jacques Goyet, partner, which relies on the expertise of lawyers across our 10 practice areas.

French investors in China

In collaboration with Chinese firm HHP and with our partners (including accountants, intellectual property agents, etc.), our Shanghai office advices on the following matters:

  • Relations with Chinese authorities
  • Registering and protecting trademarks and patents
  • Opening representative offices
  • Company incorporation (joint ventures or WFOEs)
  • Tax planning and tax and customs structuring of cross-border transactions
  • Assistance to employees and expatriates (visas, residence permits, employment contracts, internal policies, etc.)
  • Establishing distribution networks
  • General terms and conditions of sale
  • Letters of intent and confidentiality agreements
  • Audits and feasibility studies for acquisitions
  • Web-based services provision contracts
  • Licensing agreements, transfer of know-how and technology contracts
  • French/Chinese/English translation

Chinese investors in France

Our China Desk, based in our Paris office, works in partnership with our other departments across our Paris, Lille, Lyon and Aix-Marseille offices to advise on the following matters:

  • Relations with French and European authorities
  • Company or asset acquisitions, including
    • Negotiating and drafting shareholder agreements
    • Negotiating and drafting SPAs and asset and liability guarantees
    • International tax structuring of acquisitions (choosing a holding company, tax planning, assessment of tax costs)
  • Obtaining visas and residence permits
  • Company incorporation / Opening of offices
  • Setting up franchising networks
  • Filing and protection of trademarks and patents
  • Tax strategies and structuring international activities (in particular as related to customs, VAT, and transfer pricing)
  • Providing tax and wealth management services to executives
  • Managing expatriate taxation (in particular tax returns)
  • Drafting employment contracts for foreign and Chinese employees
  • Corporate secretarial services

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