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Opportunities for Foreign Investors in China’s Service Industries After COVID-19

Published: June 2020

Having suffered through the worst of the COVID-19 outbreak in the initial months of the year, China now offers the world a way to move forward. Key lessons for enterprises in China include the digitization of all contact-facing operations to the utmost extent possible, refitting core company assets, redirecting resources to adapt to new market changes, and either expanding the scope of business through technology solutions or withdrawing to core operation strengths. In this edition of China Briefing Magazine, we focus on how key industries in the services sector have entered into a new normal in 2020. We also provide an overview of new opportunities available for foreign investors as a result of the disruption. Finally, we spotlight two major industries impacted by COVID-19 in China, healthcare and food and beverages.


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A Guide to Vietnam’s Supply Chains

Published: April 2020

Vietnam’s supply chains have significantly evolved from how they were a decade ago. Today, supply chain shifts to Vietnam are ongoing, helped in some part by the US-China trade war, as a growing number of businesses seek out ASEAN or alternate markets to invest in. In this issue of Vietnam Briefing magazine, we look at ways to plan supply chain shifts while using Vietnam as a China plus one investment destination. We then look at the status of Vietnam’s supply chains and how they are developing as manufacturing in the country matures.


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Due Diligence for Foreign Companies in India

Published: March 2020

Foreign companies investing in India are advised to do a due diligence check, especially if entering into a joint venture, merger and acquisition, or partnership. The due diligence process uncovers critical information relating to the business and its management, thus helping investors decide if they should go ahead with their financial deal, or negotiate better terms and conditions, or withdraw their interest from the target entity or deal. While the due diligence process differs in each sector, the process will include an accurate evaluation of the company’s finances and taxes. In this issue of India Briefing, we provide information on conducting due diligence in India. We first focus on what is due diligence, and why foreign companies should engage in this process before investing in India. Next, we discuss different types of due diligence and explain their requirements and importance. Lastly, we answer some frequently asked questions.


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Operating Your China Business During a Crisis and Contagious Disease Outbreaks

Published: March 2020

Businesses across China were disrupted early this year due to the novel Covid-19 outbreak. The nature of this outbreak has led to some fast-thinking on the part of business organizations throughout the world – who have had to balance the quarantine conditions imposed with the need to resume normal work processes and await resumption of supplies. In this special edition of China Briefing magazine, we identify key concerns for business managers during such crises, including managing a remote workforce, using IT solutions to navigate business operations more efficiently and securely, and addressing the legal risks in case contractual obligations are not satisfied.


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Establishing a Foreign Company in India

Published: December 2019

India is an attractive destination for foreign investors due to its large consumer-oriented market, low labor costs, and rising global competitiveness. Despite the recent dip in the growth rate, India features among the top 10 countries for global FDI. Further, with more sectors being liberalized and a focus on improving the ease of doing business environment, India offers a stable base of operations for investors seriously considering the Asian market. In this issue of India Briefing, we provide information on establishing a company in India. We first discuss the country’s current business environment and why India has emerged as a preferred investment destination for foreign companies. Next, we focus on the entity structures available to foreign companies in India and explain their functionalities and requirements. Lastly, we answer frequently asked questions.


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Corporate Sustainability in China

Published: December 2019

Faced with the new reality of a slowing economy and ongoing environmental issues, China now sees sustainability as essential to ensuring long-term viability for both its economy and its citizens’ quality of life. As the issue of sustainability gains traction in China and around the world, businesses are entering into a new era of accountability. Customers, clients, stakeholders, and the government now demand businesses be accountable for polluting behavior. In this issue of China Briefing we explain how a sustainability strategy benefits your business and take a closer look at how businesses have already started shifting towards sustainability.


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Relocating Your Business from China to ASEAN

Published: December 2019

ASEAN countries have become an alluring destination for Chinese-based businesses looking to benefit from the cost-savings of relocating all or part of their production facilities to Southeast Asia amid the brewing US-China trade war. In this issue of the ASEAN Briefing magazine, we begin by introducing the different incentives issued by ASEAN countries to attract investments from the spillover of the trade war. We then analyze productivity levels in ASEAN and what impact this has on businesses relocating to the region. Finally, we focus on special economic zones (SEZs) in ASEAN and their increasing importance in garnering foreign investments at a time of global economic uncertainty.


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Mergers and Acquisitions in Vietnam

Published: December 2019

Seven years since joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), Vietnam remains committed to integrating further into the world economy. It is in this context that mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have become an increasingly popular investment route. With an M&A, investors can enjoy preexisting access to customers, suppliers, and distribution channels. In this issue of Vietnam Briefing magazine, we look at the legal foundation for M&As including the basic laws that govern M&A activity. We then look at the legal and financial aspects of the M&A process including the due diligence process that goes into an M&A. We conclude with step by step procedures for M&As and post-merger considerations.


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How to Close a Business in China

Published: December 2019

Companies in China may want to end their operations for various reasons. Irrespective of what factors might trigger this decision to shut down the business, investors cannot simply walk away without following proper closure procedures. Not properly closing the company will not only attract stringent penalties from the government’s tax and regulatory bodies, but also do lasting damage to the reputation of the company. Moreover, the legal representative and the financial associates of the entity will face difficulty in various occasions. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we walk foreign investors through the process of closing down their company in China.


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Setting up in Indonesia

Published: November 2019

After overcoming the Asian financial crisis in 1998, Indonesia developed into a vibrant democracy with the largest and most dynamic economy in Southeast Asia. The country’s GDP has grown at a consistent pace at just above five percent in the past year. In this issue of the ASEAN Briefing magazine, we begin by introducing Indonesia’s business environment by highlighting its major industries as well as its tax and visa regulations. We then analyze the various tax incentives offered to foreign investors, in addition to the incentives provided in special economic zones (SEZ). Finally, we focus on corporate establishments and the set-up process investors need to follow if they are looking to establish a legal presence in the country.



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