With the recent pandemic and shifting political and economic conditions, Chinese companies, as they continue to grow internationally in size and stature, have had to deal with the complexities of managing an international conglomerate. Part of this has involved dealing with cross-border corporate misconduct across different jurisdictions. In this article, we share some practical guidance based on recent case experience on how to structure, plan and manage international white-collar offence investigations.
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In China, once a patent for invention or utility model has been granted, apart from the patent invalidation proceeding, the patentee does not have other opportunities to amend any claim of the patent on his own initiative.  After the request for invalidation of the patent is filed, within one month after the patentee receives the request for invalidation and the evidence, the patentee is allowed to amend the claims of the patent at issue in response to the request for invalidation.  However, manners of amendment allowed are strictly limited.
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China’s launch of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) has become a question of when and not if. The more important question for businesses is: how do I get ready for a digital RMB? After all, digitising the currency of the world’s most populous nation and second largest economy may well be one of the most important changes to the financial system since China invented paper money more than one thousand years ago.
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Continue Reading 重磅发布:《智库报告:聚焦“一带一路”中的法律与实践IV》(2021)发布 KWM issues Think Tank Report: Law and Practice under the Belt & Road Initiative IV (2021)

On March 30th 2021, China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment (“MEE”) promulgated a draft version of Emissions Trading Scheme Regulation (“New ETS Regulation”), soliciting for public opinions.
Continue Reading 碳中和 – 中国在行动 新的全国统一的碳排放权交易市场呼之欲来 Carbon Neutrality—China is Set to Rollout a New National Emissions Trading Scheme Market

金杜律师事务所东京办公室迎来新合伙人——桥本圆(Madoka Hashimoto)律师。借助在融资、资本市场及一般公司法律事务等领域的丰富执业经验和广泛客户认可度,桥本圆律师将与东京办公室的各位合伙人共同提升整体团队的服务实力。

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) Tokyo office has a new partner Madoka Hashimoto on board. Leveraging his extensive experience and wide client recognition in finance, capital markets, and general corporate matters, Madoka Hashimoto will work closely with all other partners in the Tokyo office to enhance the service capabilities of the team.
Continue Reading 金杜东京办公室迎来合伙人桥本圆,拓展在融资和资本市场等领域的综合实力 King & Wood Mallesons Tokyo office further strengthens its finance and capital market practice with the addition of partner Madoka Hashimoto

A major concern for car manufacturers in China has been – assuming we can develop autonomous cars – will we also be able to sell them? This question arises because of China’s stringent registration process in respect of motor vehicles.  
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Recently, State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”) and Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation (“Shanghai AMR”) issued respectively within a short span two high-profile administrative penalty decisions against operators in the platform economy for the abuse of market dominance. SAMR has also issued an “Administrative Instruction” for the first time in its case (the “SAMR case”). The two cases unambiguously signal a trend of a significant increase in the antitrust enforcement actions in the future.
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A few days ago, the State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”) and Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation (“Shanghai AMR”) successively issued two administrative decisions punishing two Internet platform companies for engaging in “either-or choice” practices (a type of exclusive dealing arrangement) on their in-platform merchants.  On April 13, 2021, SAMR, Cyberspace Administration, and State Taxation Administration also held an administrative guidance meeting with 34 platform undertakings, urging them to conduct comprehensive self-inspection and rectify any potential anticompetitive practices or behavior within one month.  Some platform undertakings have issued their commitments, promising not to engage in anticompetitive practices.
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