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China’s Unreliable Entity List: what is the impact for foreign entities in China

On 19 September 2020, the Ministery of Commerce issued the Provisions on the Unreliable Entity List (the “Provisions”). The Provisions establish a legal framework that provides initial procedures for the designation of non-Chinese enterprises, other organizations, or individuals of a foreign country (“foreign entity”) that act contrary to China’s interests.  Purpose of the Provisions  While…

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China foreign investment trends for 2020 and beyond: a look at the updated negative list and encouraged catalogue

Amidst worldwide economic uncertainty and complex international relations, investors are trying to navigate toward opportunities that position them to succeed. Many of those opportunities can be found in China. At Horizons, we’re confident that China’s economic stability, growth and effort to move past the negative effects of COVID-19 makes the PRC fertile ground for foreign…

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Business Operations 101: How to open a company bank account in China under constraints related to the coronavirus pandemic

At Horizons, we encounter numerous queries about opening a company bank account in China, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. For practical purposes, a company bank account should be opened upon the receipt of the business license. For foreign companies operating in China, two accounts should be opened in order for a business to commence with…

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Don’t get caught with your guard down — global data protection is a serious matter for foreign-invested businesses operating in China

In global business, the obligation to protect valuable data is paramount for enterprises.  This month marks the third anniversary of the Cybersecurity Law of the People's Republic of China (CSL). Equally, last month was the second anniversary of the General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR). Since the implementation of these measures, enforcement of both has continued…

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How foreign companies can transition to the digital era of doing business in China

In years past, regulatory procedures for entities in China involved trips to various governmental offices, not to mention extensive paperwork. More recently, administrative procedures have migrated to an online administrative system, which has accelerated the ease of business. Corporate documents and seals, which legally bind a company to a contract or are required for corporate…

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