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The regulatory environment in PRC is changing rapidly. Deregulations are taking place across a number of industries and state monopolies. This presents risk management issues for business. We have a long history of working closely with regulators. We track changing legislation and advise on the full spectrum of regulatory issues to manage and minimise operational and business risks.

We represent business in all aspects of the legislative process in areas of health care, securities, trade, food and drug, environmental reform legislation. We develop strategies to present and often defend before administrative, legislative and regulatory authorities in Hong Kong and the PRC.

We also maintain close relations with various Chinese ministries and law enforcement bodies to enable us to advise on the policy of the day, so that clients can better decide on their investment and intended business plans. We have secured many successes for regulatory approvals in mainland China, opening and sustaining markets for our clients. We regularly present submissions for regulatory compliance and clearance. We also advise on how to deal with potential or product liability, consumer complaints and product recall.

How we can help

  • Industry focused representation and submissions
  • Working closely with lobbyists for securing regulatory approval or sanction relief
  • Product liability and recall
  • Tax customs and import and export requirements
  • Product registration
  • Promotional and marketing issues
  • Labeling and advertising regulations
  • Permissible trade and professional rules
  • Practices of sponsorship

Applicable disciplines

  • Charities, religious affairs & social services
  • Corporate governance & corporate social responsibility
  • Communications & media
  • Competition & trade
  • Education
  • Environmental climate change & sustainable development
  • Financial services risk & regulation
  • Insurance
  • Food & veterinary
  • Healthcare & pharmaceuticals
  • Intellectual property
  • Employment, labour & trade unions
  • Land buildings & construction
  • Land transport
  • Professional bodies
  • Sports & entertainment
  • Tax & estate planning
  • Gambling & gaming

Representative experience

Product Liability
  • Successfully secured relief of product recall for a range of consumer product on labeling issues.
  • Represented US manufacturer of construction materials on product liability, negotiated with PRC claimants and managed settlement.
  • Defended US food manufacturer against product liability claims, secured striking out orders.
Food and Drugs
  • Secured amendment of food addictives permitted list in PRC to enable market access into PRC for a major confectionary brand.
  • Advised a US based network selling group in potential product recall due to mislabeling of personal care product, filed response to regulatory authorities and secured agreement to remedy omission without recall of products from the market.
  • Obtained administrative registrations of old patents for pharmaceuticals and agricultural products.
  • Developed and devised annual update of regional labelling manual for confectionary and veterinary MNC, encompassing entire brand portfolio.
  • Devised strategy for a major pharmaceutical distributor on prosecution of pharmaceutical regulatory offence in mitigation of adverse publicity and impacts on its wholesale licence.
  • Advised a US based direct selling company on the submissions strategy for product classification under Chinese Medicine Ordinance.
  • Advised a multi-national direct marketing company on product labeling, packaging and product registration under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance.
Sale of Goods
  • Advised on the appropriate terms of sale for cross-border contracts of goods and delivery at the Bonded Logistics Parks in PRC for an international furniture manufacturer.
Trade Promotion Competition
  • Advised on the licensing and compliance issues of an online trade promotion sweepstake conducted in different jurisdictions.
Privacy Law
  • Advised a trade association in Hong Kong on the proposed amendments to Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance and formulated submissions and liaison strategy.
  • Advised and devised strategy for a US based direct selling company on handling complaints of breach of privacy law and investigations by the Privacy Commissioner.
Direct Selling
  • Formulated compliant direct sales scheme in PRC, for a US nutritional foods company, and a French fragrance company.
  • Advised a trade association in Hong Kong on the proposed amendments to the Pyramid Selling Prohibition Ordinance.
  • Advised a multi-national direct selling company on compliance of its sales and reward structure, operational modus and rights granted to its member under the Pyramid Selling Prohibition Ordinance and the Securities Ordinance.
Securities & Insurance
  • Advised a number of securities houses on compliance and regulatory issues under the Securities and Futures Ordinance and SFC investigations.
  • Advised a number of listed companies on compliance issues under the Listing Rules and the Takeover Code, including drafting of announcements and circulars.
  • Advised on insider dealing and market manipulation.
  • Advised funds on requirements of licensed persons and licensed representatives under SFC rules.
Legislative Amendments and Government Relations
  • Counsel to Direct Selling Association in strategy and submissions of proposed new legislation in Hong Kong and Macau.
  • Advised a large MNC on the details of the Competition Bill and its potential effects to its mode of operations.
Education is when you read the fine print.

Experience is what you get when you don’t.
- Pete Seeger 1919,
American folk singer
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