Dr. Falk Lichtenstein


Languages German, English, Chinese

Falk has been advising clients in corporate law, Chinese and international commercial law as well as dispute resolution since 2006. His clients comprise foreign companies and their Chinese subsidiaries in the sectors of consumer products, automotive, IT technology, lifesciences, machinery and equipment, textile and logistics.

Falk started practicing with CMS in Germany in 2006 and joined CMS in China in April 2007. Before that, he worked at the University of Freiburg as a teaching and research assistant at the Institute for German and International Civil Procedural Law for more than five years. He is also the lawyer of confidence of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Beijing.

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  • 2006 - Passed the Second Legal State Examination in Baden-Wurttemberg
  • 2004 - Doctorate Degree, Universty of Freiburg
  • 1996-2001 - Studied at Universities of Rostock and Freiburg
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  • New Measures on PRC Online Food Sales, Lexology, 1 September 2016
  • Recall and Public Interest Litigation - Two New Regulations Protect Consumers’ Rights (together with Nabao Zhang), Lexology, 30 May 2016
  • Interim Measures in the People's Republic of China, CMS Guide to Interim Measures, 2016
  • New China law adds to ISP and telco regulatory burden (together with Joan Wang) E-Commerce Law and Policy, Volume: 18, Issue: 2, page 11, February 2016
  • Das neue Umweltschutzgesetz von 2015 - Erste Erfahrungen mit der praktischen Umsetzung, econet monitor, Ausgabe Januar 2016, S. 12
  • Sale of shares on the stock market further restricted (together with Jessica Morris) Lexology, 18 January 2016
  • Case note on iQiyi v. Juwangshi, Shanghai Yangpu District People’s Court of 14 October 2015 (together with Jie Lin) E-Commerce Law Reports, Volume: 15, Issue: 6, page 13, November 2015
  • Disputes between the CIETAC and Its Former Shanghai and South China Sub-commissions are Finally Settled (together with Cyndi Cao), Lexology, 20 August 2015
  • China lifts restriction on foreign ownership of e-commerce businesses (together with Ciara Simmons), Lexology, 6 July 2015
  • China moves to encourage further e-commerce growth (together with Ciara Simmons),, Volume: 17, Issue: 7, page 6, July 2015
  • China’s State Council agrees on pilot expansion of service industry in Beijing (together with Ciara Simmons), Lexology, 12 June 2015
  • New Pilot Free Trade Zones launched in China and first regulations announced (together with Ciara Simmons), Lexology, 4 June 2015
  • China clarifies practical details of new consumer law,, Volume: 17, Issue: 5, page 12, May 2015
  • New AIC Measures will be challenging for business operators in China – consumer protection on the rise, Lexology, 7 April 2015
  • China to establish new free trade zones in Tianjin, Fujian and Guangdong (together with Vera Zhang), Lexology, 18 March 2015
  • SPC Supports The Arbitration Award Made By A Foreign Arbitration Institution In China (together with Cyndi Cao), LegalStudio, 18 September 2014
  • China-specific information concerning the key legal and commercial issues to be considered when appointing an agent; Practical Law, Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions, 1 July 2014
  • Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone: investment in net businesses (together with Ada Tong),, Volume: 16, Issue: 4, page 14, April 2014
  • China-specific information concerning the key legal and commercial considerations when drafting a consumer contract, Law, Thomson Reuters Legal Solutions, 1 April 2014
  • Right Of Return Takes Effect On 15 March 2014 - Downloads And Others Are Exempt, LegalStudio, 4 March 2014
  • Second draft of China’s new consumer protection law – Some relief and new burden for online sellers,, Volume: 15, Issue: 10, page 15, October 2013
  • New consumer protection law will affect China's ecommerce,, Volume: 15, Issue: 8, page 6, August 2013
  • Neue Auslegungsbestimmungen zum chinesischen Kaufrecht, IHR 2013, S. 98
  • Consumers May Return Items Bought Online Within Seven Days – New Consumer Protection Law Released For Comments, LegalStudio, 24 June 2013
  • Foreign Law Or Chinese Law? New Interpretation Of PRC Supreme People’s Court Helps Clarify Which Law Is Applicable, LegalStudio, 25 February 2013
  • Franchising in der Volksrepublik China nach den gesetzlichen Neuregelungen im Jahre 2012, ZVertriebsR, 2012, S. 307
  • Neue Auslegungsbestimmungen zum chinesischen Kaufrecht Euroforum Newsletter 2/2012, S. 18
  • Fast Protection Through Cease And Desist Injunctions – China Modifies Its Civil Litigation Regime, LegalStudio, 25 October 2012
  • Tensions Within CIETAC – Sub-Commissions Split Off, LegalStudio, 4 September 2012
  • Arbitration in the People's Republic of China (together with Dr. Ulrike Glueck), CMS Guide to Arbitration, 2012
  • China: Improved Balance Between Franchisors And Franchisees, LegalStudio, 12 April 2012
  • Deliktsgesetz der VR China – Haftung für Produktfehler und anderes Fehlverhalten, CMS Report XVII, 2011, S. 67
  • Neue Auslegungsregeln für Verträge, CMS Report XVI, 2009, S. 112
  • Die zivilrechtliche Verjährung nach dem Recht der VR China, RIW 2009, S. 824
  • Erleichterte Vertragskündigung – erschwerte Vertragsstrafe, China Contact 2009/10, S. 54
  • Kein Grund für Nichterfüllung, China Contact 03/2009, S. 60
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Lectures list

  • "IT Security aspects of Wechat and Industry 4.0 - Common legal issues that Wechat corporate users and Industry 4.0 business may be facing", Seminar at German Chamber of Commerce, Tianjin 25 May 2016
  • "Managing a company in China – Pay attention to both Chinese and German compliance rules" (together with Dr. Tobias Teicke), Seminar at German Chamber of Commerce, Beijing 30 March 2016
  • "Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen und Schutz des geistigen Eigentums in China", Vortrag auf der Informationsveranstaltung: Energieeffizienz und Erneuerbare Energien in Gebäuden von OAV, IHK Köln und AHK Shanghai, Cologne, 11 March 2016
  • "Chinageschäft optimal rechtlich absichern – Von Gründungsformen bis zum Schutz des geistigen Eigentums", full-day workshop during the seminar "Ländermanager China" of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Stuttgart, 11 November 2015
  • "Use of foreign law in litigation and arbitration in England & Wales" Presentation at the Seminar on the Principles and Practices of Ascertainment of Foreign Laws organized by Shanghai International Arbitration Centre and Supreme People’s Court’s "One Belt, One Road" Judicial Research Base (Shanghai University of Political Science and Law), Shanghai, 31 October 2015
  • Workshop "The new Chinese Environmental Protection Law 2015 –Practical Examples", Seminar at North China German Chamber of Commerce, Tianjin, 17 September 2015
  • "Construction Contracts Management Models and Lessons Learned" Workshop Construction & Building Operation/Legal & Tax, German Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, 14 September 2015
  • "The new Chinese Environmental Protection Law – Initial Experience from Practice", Seminar at German Chamber of Commerce, Beijing, 27 August 2015
  • "Specific issues of arbitration proceedings before Chinese arbitration institutions", seminar "Doing Business with the West" of International Organization of Young Lawyers (AIJA), Shanghai, 28 March 2015
  • "Chinageschäft optimal rechtlich absichern – Gründungsformen, Haftungsfragen, Vertragsgestaltung, Streitschlichtung", legal presentation at the seminar "Ländermanager China" of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Stuttgart, 12 November 2014
  • "Neuregelungen bei Unternehmensbeteiligungen in China", Finance Roundtable Investment Ideas, Frankfurt, 5 November 2014
  • "More Options for M&A in China", Legal & Tax Workshop of German Chamber / Swiss Chamber, Shanghai, 9 September 2014
  • "Soil and Indoor Environmental Pollution - Remedy & Legal Aspects", German Chamber / Swiss Chamber Joint Workshop Construction & Building Operation / Legal & Tax, Shanghai, 3 September 2014
  • "HR Management in Restructuring Scenarios", Turnaround and Transformation in China, Handelsblatt International Conference, Frankfurt, 21 May 2014
  • "Essential Legal Knowledge for Business in China", Wirtschaftsjunioren / Young Leaders Event, Shanghai, 15 April 2014
  • "Chinageschäft optimal rechtlich absichern – Gründungsformen, Haftungsfragen, Vertragsgestaltung, Streitschlichtung", full-day seminar event at the "Ländermanager China" of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Stuttgart, 23 October 2013
  • "Mergers and Acquisitions in China", lecture at the reunion of University of Georgia, School of Law LL.M. Alumni Association, Shanghai, 13 June 2013
  • "Chinageschäft optimal rechtlich absichern – Gründungsformen, Haftungsfragen, Schutz Geistigen Eigentums, Streitschlichtung"; full-day seminar event at the "Ländermanager China" of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Stuttgart, 21 November 2012
  • "Risikominimierung im operativen China-Geschäft", DCW seminar at CMS Hasche Sigle, Munich, 7 March 2012
  • "Risikobegrenzung im operativen China-Geschäft aus rechtlicher Sicht", seminar of the German-Chinese Business Association (DCW), Industrieclub Düsseldorf, 6 March 2012
  • "Practical Suggestions for Drafting Commercial Contracts", seminar-presentation at the LexisNexis Commercial Contract Drafting and Reviewing Master Class, Shanghai, 17 November 2011
  • "Dispute Resolution and Enforcement of Claims in China", lecture at the seminar event Austria Connect China 2011 of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, 18 June 2011
  • "Doing Business in China", lecture for a delegation of politicians and business people from North Rhine-Westphalia, Shanghai, 17 June 2009
  • "Forderungsdurchsetzung und Streitbeilegung in der VR China", lecture at the China Legal Day of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Stuttgart, 10 March 2009
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