Cabinet d'avocats





edited by ZHANG Yue Jiao and Daniel Arthur LAPRES

International Chamber of Commerce, Paris 1997, second (electronic) edition in 2008 -


Whether the 21st century will be China's will largely depend on the country's ability to institute a legal system adapted to the needs of a modern, industrialised nation. If this will be acheived or not remains to be seen, but the determination of foreign business people to participate in this process is manifest. This comprehensive guide brings together practitioners and scholars from China and numerous other countries to create a unique work of compilation, analysis and assessment of the current state of Chinese business law.

Vital issues

With a focus on traditionally important subjects for international business professionals, such as the laws on trade with China, on direct investment and on the resolution of disputes, the book breaks ground with its inclusion of extensive material on operating a business in China and on Chinese financial law.

Real life perspective

Published at a crucial moment in the economic history of China, the publication is organised and presented to correspond with business people's actual experience in dealing with legal issues involving China.

During the initial exporting stage, business people are concerned to know the rules governing international trade with China

As their sales in China develop, foreign enterprises will seek to optimise their activilies in China by opening a permanent establishment

They then become subject to the Chinese legal regimes governing company and enterprise formation, investment approvals, real estate arrangements, employment of personnel, environmental protection and taxation

Once the foreign enterprise has developed a major presence in China, legal issues of treasury management and long-term financing on the financial markets appear on the company's agenda

The final chapter of the book treats the pervasive question of how disputes are resolved under Chinese law.

Clarity and explanation

Throughout the work, legal issues are placed in their business contexts, creating a basis for common understanding among lawyers and their business clients. The set of tables and illustrations helps to clarify complex institutional organisations and legal processes.


CHAPTER 1 The History of Economic Law in China
CHAPTER 2 Constitutional and Administrative Law
CHAPTER 3 Civil Law
CHAPTER 4 Criminal Law
CHAPTER 5 International Trade
CHAPTER 6 Shipping
CHAPTER 7 Industrial Property
CHAPTER 8 Trademarks
CHAPTER 9 Copyright
CHAPTER 10 Internet-related IP
CHAPTER 11 Marketing
CHAPTER 12 Trade Finance
CHAPTER 13 Foreign Direct Investment
CHAPTER 14 Business Organisations
CHAPTER 15 Real Estate
CHAPTER 16 Labour
CHAPTER 17 Environmental Law
CHAPTER 18 Insurance
CHAPTER 19 Project Management
CHAPTER 20 Financial Institutions
CHAPTER 21 Capital Markets
CHAPTER 22 International Capital Flows
CHAPTER 23 Taxation of Business Income
CHAPTER 24 Indirect Taxation
CHAPTER 25 Taxation of Real Property
CHAPTER 26 Taxation of Personal Income
CHAPTER 27 Conciliation
CHAPTER 28 Administrative Remedies
CHAPTER 29 Litigation
CHAPTER 30 Arbitration

Introduction to business law in China

List of contributors

Detailed Table of Contents


Cabinet d'avocats


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