Category Archives: consulting

All marketing in China has to be playful – Ashley Dudarenok

What content works in China in 2019? All retail in China has to be entertainment, says marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok. Everything has to be playful.

Why due diligence on controlling shareholders is key in China – Shaun Rein

Controlling shareholders have been caught for criminal activities everywhere, but there are a few reasons to give their backgrounds extra caution in China, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to the South China Morning Post.

Is shadow banking back in grace? – Sara Hsu

After a lengthy crackdown on shadow banking, this risky financial tool seems to be back in grace as China’s economy is slowing down. It is the pragmatic way China’s financial authorities deal with the economy, financial analyst Sara Hsu says. Shadow banking will be allowed, as long as it works, she writes in China Focus.

Why the trade talks help foreign companies in China only marginally – Mark Schaub

US President Donald Trump describes the upcoming deal between China and the US to end the trade war as “comprehensive”. China veteran Mark Schaub sees only marginal changes and certainly disagrees with a report in Bloomberg saying that most foreign companies can now work without joint ventures. Most companies can and do so since the 1980s, he tells at the BBC. And he assumes that in industries where foreign investments are tough, like publishing, telecom, and education, changes will not be sensational, he tells at the BBC.

Facial recognition: the new normal in China – Matthew Brennan

A short video clip of Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan went viral, as he noted facial recognition tools at China’s airports. Most reactions from outside China were rather negative, he notes at CGTN, but in China itself, facial recognition is becoming the new normal. More debate is certainly needed, he adds.

Experts on the US-China trade war at the China Speakers Bureau

The official trade war between the US and China seems to be entering its end game. But that does not mean the hostilities will end. Making sense out of what the world’s first and second-largest economies will do will only be slightly easier. A few speakers at our office might be able to help you out.

New rules for China’s cosmetics – Mark Schaub

China is overhauling its now 30-years old regulations for cosmetics, a fast-growing industry of now 260 billion Renminbi (euro 34 billion). The new rules remove some of the red tape, says lawyer Mark Schaub, but also gives the authorities more leverage over the industry, he writes at the China Law Insight.

How the new income tax will drive out expats – Paul Gillis

The reform of the income tax in China will drive many expats out of the country as it will kick in by 2021, as foreign and local taxpayers will fall under the same taxation rules, says financial expert Paul Gillis on his weblog. Especially the equal treatment for housing and education costs will become too costly for expats, or their companies.

Still room for premium retail in China – Ben Cavender

A glut in big cities and some high-profile failures like Mark&Spencer have raised doubts on the growth possibilities in China for premium retail brands. But there is still room for growth, if you pick your locations right, says retail expert Ben Cavender to the China Daily.

Harry Broadman joins Berkeley Research Group

Harry Broadman has joined the global consulting Berkeley Research Group as a managing director and will be leading the new Emerging Marketing Practise. He will remain in Washington DC.