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Dr. Falk Lichtenstein

Partner
Rechtsanwalt

CMS China
Beijing Representative Office
Room 1909, China Youth Plaza No. 19
Dongsanhuan North Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100026
China
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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Publications

  • Joint Ventures bekommen eine neue Führung, Asia Bridge 7/8/2019, S. IV
  • China section in: Guide to Consequential Losses, 2019
  • New Regulations for E-commerce Retail of Foreign Consumer Products to China, Consumer Products Newsletter May 2019
  • Gute Nachrichten aus China für deutsche Autobauer, CMS Blog Reihe Excellenzcluster Automotive, Februar 2018
  • Neue Finanzierungsoptionen für Tochtergesellschaften, China Contact 2018/11/12, S. 58
  • Fragen zur Rechtsstaatlichkeit Chinas, China Contact 2018/7/8, S. 16
  • Kommt Chinas “War on Pollution” voran – eine Zwischenbilanz aus rechtlicher Sicht econet monitor, Ausgabe August 2018, S. 11
  • China establishes International Commercial Courts, Lexology, 18 July 2018
  • Zitiert in: Unterm Deckmantel - Mit einem geschickten Steuergesetz bringt China ausländische Unternehmen dazu, ihre Gewinne vor Ort zu reinvestieren, Martin Scheele, Markt und Mittelstand, April 2018, S. 38
  • New provisions of the Supreme People’s Court concerning enforcement of arbitration awards, Lexology, 20 April 2018
  • Recall Procedure Clarified for Defective Imported Consumer Goods (together with Nabao Zheng), Lexology, 4 April 2018
  • Virtual Court proceedings in China – Germany lags behind (together with Dr. Dorothee Ruckteschler), Business Law Magazine 1 March 2018, page 13
  • China’s eSports market, World Sports Advocate (together with Amanda Ge), January 2018, page 13
  • New Regulations on Judicial Review of Arbitration in China (together with Nabao Zheng), Lexology, 15 January 2018
  • “Cheese in Chinese” – Labelling requirements for food imported to China, contribution to CMS Brochure “Misleading representations of new ‘Designer Food’”, November 2017
  • Arbitration in the People's Republic of China (together with Dr. Ulrike Glueck), CMS Guide to Arbitration, 2017
  • Hangzhou: Erstes Online Gericht in China, China Contact 2017/11, S. 20
  • Chinas erstes Digitalgericht, Legal Tribune Online (together with Dr. Dorothee Ruckteschler) 29. September 2017
  • CIETAC publishes arbitration rules for investor-state disputes, Lexology, 28 September 2017
  • After 30 years China overhauls its civil law, Lexology, 3 April 2017
  • Emissionen auf dem Prüfstand, Asia Bridge 2/2017, S. 18
  • Foreign Arbitration and Ad Hoc Procedure Permitted for Enterprises in Free Trade Zones (together with Nabao Zheng), Lexology, 6 February 2017
  • Selected Jurisdictions – China (Chapter 21), in: Hewitt on Joint Ventures, 6th edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2017
  • China opens up civilian airport market to private investors (together with Roxie Meng), Lexology, 16 December 2016
  • 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), e-comlaw.com, 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, e-comlaw.com, 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), e-comlaw.com, 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, e-comlaw.com, Volume: 15, Issue: 10, page 15, October 2013
  • New consumer protection law will affect China's ecommerce, e-comlaw.com, 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

  • "Technologiekooperationen und gewerblicher Rechtsschutz", Vortrag vor Delegation österreichischer Unternehmen bei der Wirtschaftsmission Chinas Seidenstraße – Drittmarktkooperationen als Geschäftschance, Beijing, 27 April 2019
  • "Recht und Rechtspraxis in China - Investitionsformen, Streitschlichtung, IP", Vortrag vor Studierenden der Universität Wien, Beijing, 22 April 2019
  • "Corporate Governance and Compliance in China – Commercial, Competition, IT", workshop at German Chamber of Commerce, Shenyang, 25 January 2019
  • "Good news for foreign investors – Rules on FDI, M&A and financing have turned to the better", Seminar at German Chamber of Commerce, Beijing, 11 October 2018
  • "Environmental Protection Law - Changing policies and future impact",  presentation at German Chamber of Commerce, Shenyang EHS Day - Implications of Environmental Policies on your Manufacturing Activities, Shenyang, 28 August 2018
  • "PRC Environmental Protection Law - What Companies Should Know" (together with Roxie Meng), Seminar at German Chamber of Commerce, Beijing, 17 May 2018
  • "Compliance risks for suppliers through environmental law enforcement", presentation at Automotive Roundtable, Shenyang, 12 December 2017
  • "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, 24 October 2017
  • "China’s new Cyber Security Law and its new implementation rules ", presentation at Businesses IT Security Day - New IT Regulations and their Impact on your Business in China, Shenyang, 28 September 2017
  • "China’s new Cyber Security Law and its impact on foreign-invested enterprises" (together with Amanda Ge), Presentation at Cyber Security Law and Data Security event, Beijing, 20 June 2017
  • "Investment und Rechtsschutz in China", Vortrag auf der Informationsveranstaltung Energieeffizienz in Gebäuden in China der Exportinitiative Energie des BMWi, Baden-Baden, 27. Juni 2017
  • "Investment und Rechtsschutz in China", Vortrag auf der Informationsveranstaltung Effizienzsteigerung im Biogassektor in Nordchina der Exportinitiative Energie des BMWi, Darmstadt, 22. Juni 2017
  • "What changes commercial parties should expect after the Brexit" at the seminar "Legal Implications of the Brexit and its impacts on China" held by China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, 6 December 2016
  • "Rechtliches Umfeld für Investitionen in China", IHK-Wirtschaftstag China der IHK Mainfranken, Schweinfurt, 22 November 2016
  • "Contract law and transactional practice in China", lecture at European Business School Reutlingen, 16 November 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, 15 November 2016
  • "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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Education

  • 2006 - Passed the Second Legal State Examination in Baden-Wurttemberg
  • 2004 - Doctorate Degree, University of Freiburg
  • 1996-2001 - Studied at Universities of Rostock and Freiburg
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01/02/2013
CI­ETAC and its Sub-Com­mis­sions Drift fur­ther Apart
In Au­gust 2012, we re­por­ted on grow­ing ten­sions between the China In­ter­na­tion­al Eco­nom­ic and Trade Ar­bit­ra­tion Com­mis­sion (“CI­ETAC”) and its sub-com­mis­sions in Shang­hai and Shen­zhen.   On 31 Decem­ber...
09/01/2015
China In­sight - Dis­pute Res­ol­u­tion
On 4 Novem­ber 2014, the China In­ter­na­tion­al Eco­nom­ic and Trade Ar­bit­ra­tion Com­mis­sion (CI­ETAC) is­sued its re­vised Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules (2015 Rules), re­pla­cing the pre­vi­ous ver­sion of the CI­ETAC Ar­bit­ra­tion...

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21/10/2021
In­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion law and rules in China
The Chinese leg­al frame­work has tra­di­tion­ally main­tained a dis­tinc­tion between do­mest­ic ar­bit­ra­tion and for­eign-re­lated ar­bit­ra­tion. However re­cently there has been ex­pan­sion in the roles of do­mest­ic...
28/09/2021
New Draft for Mod­ern­ising Chin­a's Ar­bit­ra­tion Law - Sig­nal for In­ter­na­tion­al­isa­tion...
Back­ground The cur­rent Ar­bit­ra­tion Law of the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (the “Ar­bit­ra­tion Law)” was pro­mul­gated in 1994. Ex­cept for rather cos­met­ic amend­ments made in 2009 and 2017, it has been...
27/09/2021
New Draft for Mod­ern­ising China’s Ar­bit­ra­tion Law – Sig­nal for In­ter­na­tion­al­isa­tion...
Back­groundThe cur­rent Ar­bit­ra­tion Law of the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (the “Ar­bit­ra­tion Law)” was pro­mul­gated in 1994. Ex­cept for rather cos­met­ic amend­ments made in 2009 and 2017, it has been...
30/07/2021
Plastics and pack­aging laws in China
1. What is the gen­er­al le­gis­lat­ive frame­work reg­u­lat­ing pack­aging and plastic waste in your jur­is­dic­tion? In re­cent years, China has paid in­creas­ingly more at­ten­tion to the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of...
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28/07/2021
In­ter­im meas­ures in China
1. Ap­plic­able Law 1.1.1 In the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (PRC), in­ter­im meas­ures in gen­er­al civil mat­ters are gov­erned by the PRC Civil Pro­ced­ure Law (CPL)1The fol­low­ing refers to the law of the PRC...
04/05/2021
China pub­lishes the second draft of Per­son­al Data Pro­tec­tion Law
On 29 April 2021, the second draft of the PRC Per­son­al Data Pro­tec­tion Law was pub­lished to so­li­cit pub­lic opin­ions un­til 28 May 2021. High­lights of this draft in­clude: Ex­tra-ter­rit­ori­al ef­fect: If a...
15/04/2021
Law and reg­u­la­tion of con­sequen­tial dam­ages clauses in the en­ergy sec­tor...
1. Do the words “con­sequen­tial loss” have a giv­en mean­ing in law? As the gen­er­al term “con­sequen­tial loss” is typ­ic­ally one of com­mon law, there are many mean­ings that may be at­trib­uted to it...
07/01/2021
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...
07/01/2021
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...
04/12/2020
New ju­di­cial in­ter­pret­a­tion en­ables prop­erty pre­ser­va­tion in China be­fore...
On 26 Novem­ber 2020, the Su­preme People’s Court is­sued the Sup­ple­ment­ary Ar­range­ment Con­cern­ing Mu­tu­al En­force­ment of Ar­bit­ral Awards between the Main­land and the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­trat­ive Re­gion...
03/12/2020
New ju­di­cial in­ter­pret­a­tion en­ables prop­erty pre­ser­va­tion in China be­fore...
On 26 Novem­ber 2020, the Su­preme People’s Court is­sued the Sup­ple­ment­ary Ar­range­ment Con­cern­ing Mu­tu­al En­force­ment of Ar­bit­ral Awards between the Main­land and the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­trat­ive Re­gion...
21/10/2020
Part­ners from CMS China ranked in Best Law­yers 2020
Three part­ners from CMS Shang­hai and Beijing of­fices have been ranked in Best Law­yers 2020. They are: Dr Ul­rike Glueck - Mer­ger & Ac­quis­i­tion for China,Nick Beck­ett – IP for China, an­dDr Falk Licht­en­stein...