China Practice

With its fast-growing economy, China is an interesting market for many foreign investors. Germany, Europe and North America are also profiting from China’s economic growth. Ever-increasing numbers of Chinese companies are looking to enter our markets.

Both groups of investors are in good hands with GvW Graf von Westphalen’s China Practice. We advise our clients in their business relations and investments in China. At the same time, we will provide comprehensive support to Chinese companies and investors in their business dealings in Germany, Europe and North America.

Our China Practice consists of German and Chinese lawyers in Shanghai and Germany. Thus it is very familiar with the Chinese legal and cultural environment and the Mandarin language. For many years, we have maintained relations to Chinese, European and North American authorities, law firms, patent agencies, accountants, management consultants and M&A/corporate finance advisers. This enables us to offer our clients a comprehensive service. Our team ensures that we can provide support to our clients that is both individual and personal because we always work in close collaboration with the other specialist groups in our law firm.

Our clients include companies from Germany and throughout Europe and North America, both small and mid-sized companies and large corporations.

Our Focus Areas in China inbound

Our Focus Areas in China outbound

  • Establishing subsidiaries, Holding companies and representative Offices in Germany
  • Negotiating and forming joint ventures with German partners
  • Acquisition and sale of (participations in) German companies (M&A)
  • Legal due diligence of German target companies or own subsidiaries
  • Supporting the local management on corporate and trade law issues and compliance with local laws and regulations
  • Entering into (including drafting) and terminating employment agreements as well as support in general labour law issues
  • Drafting general contracts for operative activities (purchase, supply, production and service contracts, preparing and adjusting general terms and conditions)
  • Trademark registration, protection and implementation of property rights including representation in court proceedings due to property rights infringements
  • Advice in connection with IT contracts, IT compliance, data protection and IT security
  • Negotiation of construction contracts and advice on the leasing of office or factory space
  • Tax advice, in particular tax structuring
  • Contracts law (drafting, negotiation and advice on all contract matters)
  • Litigation (in all fields of law)

Key Contact

Dr Kristofer Bott
Lawyer, Accredited Specialist in Intellectual Property Rights
T +49 69 707970-136