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China Business Law Journal - December 2022/January 2023

Volume 14, Issue 1

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Confidence: A precious commodity

Before we talk about recovery, let’s talk about confidence, a key driver of growth and measure of resilience. As China reopens, the three-year public health crisis seems to have finally fallen behind us, but will the economy bounce back smoothly?

As we ring in the new year, this issue will review a fundamental regime, examine pricing strategies in the legal market, take stock of representative transactions, and discuss potential opportunities under new rules to see where we really stand, and to land our confidence on solid ground with reason and facts.

To boost confidence, reliable institutional support is essential. Under China’s complicated economic reality, where a growing number of business entities are in dire need of an exit, various stakeholders often have negative perceptions of the idea of bankruptcies. However, the table is turning as parties have witnessed the successful restructuring of conglomerates such as HNA Group and Founder Group with the efforts of the professional community of lawyers, accountants and bankruptcy judges, providing testament to how the bankruptcy reorganisation procedure not only removes zombie companies, but also serves as a constructive rescue to distressed businesses.

At a time when the top legislature is further refining a draft amendment to the Enterprise Bankruptcy Law, in our cover story, Time for Plan B?, senior bankruptcy lawyers discuss the legislative gaps and administrative support measures in the current regime, and share the innovative repayment plans that they have formulated in practice.

The ample returns of professional services are certainly another confidence booster. With a serious wane in international capital market activity, and the deepening of IPO registration system reform in the A-share market, domestic bourses have been exceptionally active in the past year. On the money takes a close look at domestic capital markets and how legal service providers are quickly adjusting their pricing strategies to reap monetary rewards.

Looking back at recent industrial achievements, we have even more reason to be confident. As always, China Business Law Journal selected the deals that stood out as our Deals of the Year 2022 from a massive submission database of Chinese and international law firms, taking into account factors that included overall significance, complexity and innovative nature.

Confidence is a product of innovation. In Fees to please, Hong Kong’s former Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng, and dispute resolution expert Edward Liu, analyse the bountiful benefits for arbitration parties, legal representatives and third-party funders under Hong Kong’s newly introduced rules of third-party funded arbitration and the outcome-related fee structure for arbitration.

May we at China Business Law Journal also take this opportunity to wish all our valued readers a happy and prosperous Year of the Rabbit.


In this issue

Ongoing developments with follow-on antitrust lawsuits

By Ryan Fang and Simon Shi, Jingtian & Gongcheng

Competition, division between enforcement and bankruptcy laws

By Lin Zeda and Chen Jianhong, Han Kun Law Office

How can pharmas amid VBP reform ‘make elephants dance’?

By Alex Xing, Labour Consulting (LABOURS)

Volume-based procurement (VBP) of drugs and medical supplies has become the new normal in China’s medical sector

pre-reorganisation rescue planning

Save time and money with pre-reorganisation rescue planning

By Gao Meili, Dentons China

Asset service trusts: pros and cons for trust companies

By Li Kailun and Zhang Yanjiao, Merits & Tree Law Offices 
Breaching ‘hukou’ employment period

Compensation for breaching ‘hukou’ employment period

By Shaw Zhao and Mia Wang, Jingtian & Gongcheng
Legal risks and strategies ending tenancy early

Legal risks and strategies for ending a tenancy early

By Zhu Tao and Zhang Zhuo, ETR Law Firm
Applying estoppel rules in drug patent

Applying estoppel, dedication rules in drug patent linkage dispute

By Liu Yuanxia and Zhang Bingnan, DOCVIT Law Firm
legal risks of nominee shareholding

The multiple legal risks of nominee shareholding

By Ding Tianmiao, Blossom & Credit

On the money

How are top law firms strategising their capital market fee structures?

Bankruptcy reorganisation: investment window

Bankruptcy reorganisation: revealing an investment window

By Zheng Guofan, W&H Law Firm
foreign land ownership in Thailand

Thailand draft paves way for foreign land ownership

By Wang Jihong and Liang Danni, Zhong Lun Law Firm
legal risks of deemed exportsvideo

Legal risks of ‘one-day trip’ into SCSZs for deemed exports

By Wang Yongliang, AllBright Law Offices
Tailoring IP strategy

Tailoring IP strategy to case specifics

By Frank Liu, Shanghai Pacific Legal
China bankruptcy regime updates

Time for plan B?

Senior bankruptcy practitioners review the current regime and share innovative repayment plans for rescuing distressed companies

fledgling personal bankruptcy system

Prerequisites, exemptions for fledgling personal bankruptcy system

By Qian Xin, Joint-Win Law Firm
China Deals of the year 2022

Deals of the year 2022

The most exciting China-related legal transactions and disputes of 2022

Determination of labour relationships

Labour relations: Chinese companies and foreign employees

By Tracy Liu and Larry Lian, Jingtian & Gongcheng
Huaxin Cement’s solution to B-share issuevideo

Huaxin Cement’s solution to legacy B-share issue

By Ma Yunyan and Shi Zhiheng, Shu Jin Law Firm

China Business Law Journal – December 2022/January 2023

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