June 11, 2013
Basics of Legal Affairs for Business in China and Up-to-date Troubleshooting Measures
Presented by
Representative Attorney Kenji Kuroda
Hosted by
SMBC Consulting Co., Ltd
SMBC Hall (Yaesu)

Seminar outline

China is growing in popularity and importance as a place to do business, but cultural and legal differences mean that an appreciation of the basics of legal affairs in China is essential. In this seminar, representative attorney and founding partner Kenji Kuroda, who has over 20 years’ experience in legal affairs involving China, firstly provides an overview of legal affairs in China. He deals with topics including the system of governance and laws in China, touching on China’s status as a “person-governed state”, the judicial system, general points to note when drafting contracts, and the advantages and disadvantages of the various company formats that businesses may use when expanding into China.
The second part of the seminar provides case examples of the latest troubleshooting techniques, discussing trouble relating to product quality (product liability, consumer rights protection, advertising restrictions), commercial bribery (compliance systems, internal reporting and whistle-blowing), antitrust activities (cartels, resale price restrictions, concentration of enterprises), patents (infringement, methods of dispute resolution), employee inventions, trademarks (importance of trademark registration in China, exercising trademark rights), trade secrets, and strikes (causes, features, responses).

Part 1: Basics of corporate legal affairs in China

    1. Introduction
    2. China’s system of governance and laws
    3. The judicial system
    4. General points to note when drafting contracts
    5. Choosing the corporate form when moving into China
    6. Other matters

Part 2: Practical case examples of troubleshooting recent issues

    1. Introduction
    2. Product quality issues caused by consumers with greater rights awareness
    3. Continuing commercial bribery issues, despite the implementation of compliance structures
    4. Issues occurring in conjunction with the implementation of antitrust law-related statutes
    5. Patent infringement issues
    6. Trademark right infringement issues, such as prior registration of trademarks
    7. Labor issues, such as strikes
    8. Trade secret protection issues