Category Archives: investments

Expected: Deal between China and US regulators on Big Four – Paul Gillis

The stand-off between financial regulars in the US and China, and the Big Four accounting firms might be over soon, expects accounting professor Paul Gillis, looking a a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal. Inculding a US$500,000 settlement fee for each of the four, he writes on his weblog.

US visa for Chinese billions in real estate – Wei Gu

Chinese visa seekers to the US provide developers with almost rent-free capital, a brisk business that seems to benefit all parties involved, despite the risks involved. 11,000 EB-5 visa petitions were filed in 2014, representing US$5.5 billion, WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu learns from immigration lawyer Jean Francois Harvey.

New foreign investment law: long overdue – Mark Schaub/Xu Ping

The draft foreign investment law (FIL) is replacing the regulations from 1979. China has changed, and so a major overhaul of the law is long overdue, write lawyers Mark Schaub and Xu Ping in China Law Insight. They give an overview of the shortcomings of the current law, and the new features of the FIL. And it might only be the beginning.

Winners and losers at the new foreign investment law – Paul Gillis

The proposed law for foreign investments is up for discussion, and offshore VIE companies controlled by Chinese would be treated as domestic companies, legalizing current practices. Accounting professor Paul Gillis lists the winners and losers of the proposed law on his weblog.

Chances along China´s new silk road – Sara Hsu

Massive investments along the planned new silk road, and planned new economic zones, might offer cities in poorer provinces like Xinjiang and Yunnan great opportunities to develop, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat.

10 Chinese firms to follow in 2015 – Joel Backaler

2014 was a first record year for Chinese investments abroad, but 2015 is bound to follow that track. Outbound Chinese investments specialist Joel Backaler, author of China Goes West: Everything You Need to Know About Chinese Companies Going Global gives in Forbes his top-10 firm to watch this year.

China´s entrepreneurs become investors – Rupert Hoogewerf

Rupert Hoogewerf´s Hurun China Rich list published on Monday its inaugural ranking of the country´s wealthiest investors, topping Fosun´s Guo Guangchang. Part of a trend, says Rupert Hoogewerf in the Financial Times. “I see a clear trend of entrepreneurs in China actively moving towards becoming investors.”

Labor costs put pressure on productivity of workers – Shaun Rein

Wages have been rising fast in China, and companies are struggling to improve productivity of their workers to remain competitive. There is still much to win, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia in Business Week.

2014: A stellar year for the internet industry – Paul Gillis

China´s economic growth might no longer be double digits, the internet industry keeps on booming, says financial expert Paul Gillis at Aljazeera. Successful IPO´s contributes, although the companies did not really need money, says the accounting professor.

Diversification helps profits real estate firms – Sara Hsu

Dropping housing prices have put pressure on real estate firms. But while smaller companies might fail, larger ones try to remain profitable by sometimes daring diversification of their investments, writes financial analyst Sara Hsu in the Diplomat.