Category Archives: Shanghai

Why JD.com is in trouble, and Tencent not – Shaun Rein

JD.com reported bad figures, after also Tencent, and according to business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order talking to Bloomberg, JD.com is in trouble because of its now obsolete technology, while competition is heating up. More established players like Tencent and Alibaba face less trouble since they can diversify easier over different industries.

Mark Schaub moves to London

Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub leaves his current hometown to settle in London as a new partner of KWM London by August.

Pinduoduo just a ‘flash in the pan’? – Shaun Rein

The successful IPO of Pinduoduo,  the third e-commerce platform in China after Alibaba and JD.com, took many by surprise. But it does not mean Pinduoduo will be equally successful in the future, warns business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, at the South China Morning Post. Just days later, it was accused of hosting counterfeit goods.

Too much capital hurts the quality of China startups – William Bao Bean

A massive inflow of capital for startups has a negative influence on the market in China, says William Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinaccelarator in US News. VC’s are under pressure to deliver to their shareholders, and that makes them less picking in selecting startups.

What made Pinduoduo so big? – Ben Cavender

For many outside China the successful IPO on Nasdaq of group purchasing platform Pinduoduo, mildly comparable to the less successful Groupon, came as a surprise. Shanghai-based business analyst Ben Cavender tries to explain the success at Inkstone. It uses the popular Tencent platforms WeChat and QQ.

Auto industry: the effect of disappearing foreign restrictions – Mark Schaub

China is going to phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of the automotive industry over the next five year, president Xi Jinping announced earlier this year. Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub summarizes the effects on the industry for the China Law Insight.

How startups, blockchain can prepare for the future – William Bao Bean

William Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinaccelerator, the first and longest-running startup accelerator program in China, supported in 2017 160 investments in startups. The blockchain is becoming increasingly a feature larger companies need, and where startups can help, he says in this interview.

China’s policy repositioning of its automotive industry – Mark Schaub

China has not only been leading the way to develop self-driving cars, it has also been are the forefront of legal changes needed to allow those cars into society. The Shanghai-based lawyer Mark Schaub gives an overview of the new regulations the government has been introducing at the China Law Insight.

How China’s stock markets are different – Ann Rutledge

China’s is officially heading for more reforms of its financial markets. But their stock markets are still a very different creature compared to the stock markets elsewhere, says financial analyst Ann Rutledge in Knowledge@Wharton.

Generation Z turns to domestic brands – Shaun Rein

Chinese consumers always had a preference for foreign brands, because of quality and status. But the wealthy Generation Z – the post-millennials – is turning the tables, warns branding analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order in the South China Morning Post.