Expat Desk

China

Our specialists of the CMS Expat Desk provide cross-border advice to companies about international employees, also known as "expats". The provided assistance is related to employment law, visas, work permits, tax, pension and social security matters:

  • Cross-border mobility policies;
  • International secondments and employee transfer;
  • Visa and work permit required in China;
  • Document drafting and reviewing, e.g. expat agreement, international assignment (service) agreement, and local contract (if applicable);
  • Termination issue of employment (working) relationship of expats;
  • Tax optimization for remuneration package and employee benefits;
  • Analysis of social security schemes in local areas applicable to expats;
  • Legal advice on PRC employment law concerning expats, including working time system, leave management, etc.; and
  • Legal advice on labour dispute resolution concerning expats.

Credentials:

  • Advising a German hardware technology provider for windows and doors on seconding employees from the overseas headquarter to its Chinese subsidiaries. This included advice on visa and work permit issues, benefit arrangements, Individual Income Tax, review of the labour dispatch agreement and reimbursement of costs as well as transferring the employee from one Chinese subsidiary to the other;
  • Advising a German industrial equipment company on seconding an employee from the overseas shareholder to the Chinese subsidiary. This included advice on visa and work permit issues, benefit arrangements, individual income tax issue of expats, review of the labour dispatch agreement and reimbursement of costs;
  • Advising a wholly-owned Chinese subsidiary of a multinational group active in the fields of combustion technology, environmental monitoring and environmental data management on seconding employees from the overseas shareholder to the Chinese subsidiary. This included advice on visa and work permit issues, benefit arrangements, individual income tax issue of expats, review of the labour dispatch agreement and reimbursement of costs;
  • Advising a German company active in automation technology, material handling solutions, intralogistics and customized mechanical engineering on visa and work permit issues of its foreign employees; and
  • Advising a branded automotive company on visa and work permit issues and other settling-down issue of its foreign employees (expats).
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