Category Archives: consulting

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.

Foreign investments law: what is going to change? – Mark Schaub

Some analysts see in the new Foreign Investment Law a way for China to placate the US, but China veteran Mark Schaub sees here no quick fix triggered off by the trade war. It is the first new foreign investment law since the Berlin Wall came down, he says to the BBC News Service.

A day in the life of a WeChat user – Matthew Brennan

WeChat is one of the largest social platforms in the world, and an example of what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to do with his platform. WeChat expert Matthew Brennan is one of three avid WeChat users explaining to the Jing Daily what WeChat means for his daily life, including their mini-programs.

Foreign investment law: no big changes – Victor Shih

China brought the newly adopted foreign investment law with some fanfare, but political analyst Victor Shih does not expect the law will be a game changer, as some hope, he tells at the Deutsche Welle. A level playing field for foreign and domestic companies in China might be far away.

Foreign investment law not the feared VIE-killer – Mark Schaub

For years the business community feared China’s central government would kill the so-called VIE’s (variable-interest entity). The tool to circumvent the country’s strict ownership regulations was never endorsed by the government but has also never been in serious trouble, tells China veteran and lawyer Mark Schaub to Bloomberg. The ban even did not show up in the draft foreign investment law, last week.

China does not need to kill the VIE’s anymore – Paul Gillis

The new foreign investment law is no longer mentioning the ban on VIE’s like an earlier edition did in 2015. The tool to circumvent Chinese regulations by channeling investments through…