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As a business operating in today’s increasingly regulated markets, you need to manage your commercial risk while achieving your business objectives. Your success is built upon the effectiveness of your relationships with both customers and suppliers. Sector-specific contractual arrangements are key to this. Not only do you need the right legal answer, you need it in the context of the market in which you operate.

Our team in China has been handling commercial law issues for over a decade and is advising our clients in the key areas of their operative business - sales, procurement, production and service contracts.

We organise our teams according to sectors and industries relevant to you, including automotive, machinery and equipment, technology, media and telecommunication, consumer products, lifesciences, energy, financial services, and hotels and leisure. Whether you require advice on commercial contracts, supply services, logistics, e-commerce, IT or telecoms agreements, data protection, design and manufacturing, advertising, sponsorship and marketing, consumer sales, software licensing, outsourcing or sales, agency, distribution and franchise agreements, our specialists can guide you towards the best business outcome for you.

Furthermore, with more than 350 lawyers in over 40 countries, our multi-disciplinary teams are trained to understand the cultural and business variations impacting your commercial arrangements.


APAC TMC Up­date - June 2021
China China’s mar­ket reg­u­lat­or is­sues Anti-mono­poly Guide for Plat­form Eco­nomy Sec­tor On 7 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion (SAMR) is­sued the fi­nal­ised Anti-mono­poly Guideline...
Open Secrets? Guard­ing value in the in­tan­gible eco­nomy
Across mul­tiple in­dus­tries, busi­nesses are de­riv­ing an ever great­er pro­por­tion of their value from as­sets pro­tec­ted not by pat­ent or copy­right – but by secrecy. And from cus­tom­er data to soft­ware al­gorithms...
Trade secrets in China
Gen­er­al 1. Has the Dir­ect­ive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil of 8 June 2016 on the pro­tec­tion of un­dis­closed know-how and busi­ness in­form­a­tion (trade secrets) against their...
On the Pulse
Wel­come to CMS ‘On the Pulse’ video/pod­cast series for all Life Sci­ences & Health­care pro­fes­sion­als – leg­al, com­pli­ance, reg­u­lat­ory
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
High­lights on New Reg­u­la­tions on Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Med­ic­al...
On 18 March 2021, the State Coun­cil pro­mul­gated the Reg­u­la­tions on Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Med­ic­al Devices (Re­vised in 2021), which will take ef­fect on 1 June 2021 (the "New Med­ic­al Device Reg­u­la­tions")...
Elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture law in com­mer­cial con­tracts in China
The People’s Re­pub­lic of China ex­cludes, solely for the pur­pose of this guide, the Spe­cial Ad­min­is­trat­ive Re­gion of Hong Kong, the Spe­cial Ad­min­is­trat­ive Re­gion of Ma­cau and Taiwan. 1. Defin­i­tion and...
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – The Ever Giv­en
The Suez Canal opened in 1869. Along with the Panama Canal, it is one of the most im­port­ant mari­time “short­cuts” ever built. Today, the canal is 193km (120 miles) long and is one of the busiest wa­ter­ways...
APAC Monthly TMC Up­date  – Winter 2021
Aus­tralia Aus­tralia pro­ceed­ing with News Me­dia Bar­gain­ing Code The Aus­trali­an Com­pet­i­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion (AC­CC) re­leased a draft code de­signed to es­tab­lish a man­dat­ory frame­work for ne­go­ti­at­ing...
Law and reg­u­la­tion of force ma­jeure in China
1. Is there le­gis­la­tion on force ma­jeure in your law sys­tem? Yes. 2. If so, what is the text of the force ma­jeure clause in your civil code? Cur­rently, stip­u­la­tions on force ma­jeure are mainly provided...
CMS, China ranks in ten prac­tice areas in Leg­al 500 Asia Pa­cific
We are pleased to an­nounce that CMS, China has been ranked and re­com­men­ded in ten areas in the Leg­al 500 Asia Pa­cific 2021 edi­tion. We con­tin­ue to be re­cog­nised in the areas of An­ti­trust and com­pet­i­tion...
SAMR Strengthens Reg­u­la­tion of Re­calls of Con­sumer Goods Sold On­line
The State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Mar­ket Reg­u­la­tion (“SAMR”) is­sued the An­nounce­ment on Strength­en­ing the Reg­u­la­tion of Re­calls of Con­sumer Goods Sold On­line (the “An­nounce­ment”) on 29 Decem­ber 2020...