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Michael Munzinger

Michael Munzinger, LL.M.

Counsel

CMS China
Shanghai Representative Office
3108 Plaza 66 Tower 2
1266 Nanjing Road West
Shanghai 200040
China
Languages German, English, Chinese

Michael joined CMS, China in 2014 and focuses on the corporate and commercial practice areas. He mainly advises clients on cross-border transactions, Chinese corporate law, especially foreign direct investment, as well as on international and Chinese commercial law and related dispute resolution matters.

Michael spent major stages of his legal traineeship in the China practice of a well respected international law firm in Munich and in the holding company of a globally operating German car manufacturer in Beijing. Before joining CMS, China, he studied one year Mandarin Chinese in Beijing and spent a 6 months practical phase in the Shanghai office of a renowned international law firm as a scholarship holder of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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Education

  • 2013 - Studies in Mandarin Chinese at Beijing Foreign Studies University 
  • 2012 - LL.M. with distinction from the University of Hong Kong
  • 2010 - Trainee lawyer in Munich and Beijing, second German state examination in law
  • 2008 - First German state examination in law
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Publications

  • “Chinese Civil Code: impact on contracts” for Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2020
  • “Chinese Civil Code: impact on tort liability” for Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2020
  • “Industry-specific regulatory systems in China: overview” for Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2020
  • “Overview on the Implementing Regulations of the Foreign Investment Law of the People's Republic of China and Supporting Documents” for GC Ticker Spring 2020
  • “Shareholders' agreement and bye-laws Q&A: China” for Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2020
  • “Control and minority protection (joint ventures) Q&A: China” for Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2020
  • “Deadlock and termination Q&A: China” for Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2020
  • “Questions & Answers on Force Majeure, Contract, and Employment Law” for German Chamber's 8th Update, 2020
  • “Does the Coronavirus Outbreak constitute Force Majeure?” for Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2020
  • “Shareholders' agreement and bye-laws Q&A: China” for Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2019
  • “Control and minority protection (joint ventures) Q&A: China” for Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2019
  • “Deadlock and termination Q&A: China” for Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2019
  • “The New PRC E-Commerce Law - A new Era for Operators and Consumers”, German Chamber Ticker, Winter Issue 2018
  • “Cross-border R&D Cooperation in the PRC”, German Chamber Ticker, Summer Issue 2018
  • “China amends Regulations on Environmental Protection of Construction and Production Projects”, German Chamber Ticker, Winter Issue, 2018, p. 32 - 34
  • “Recent Developments in the PRC Foreign Investment Regime”, German Chamber Ticker, Winter Issue, 2017, p. 30 - 32
  • "Know Your Rights - China Introduces New General Rules of Civil Law", German Chamber Ticker, June - July 2017, p. 30 - 32
  • "Mindestanforderungen an das Stammkapital weiter reduziert", China Contact, March 2016, p. 35 - 36
  • "Neuerungen im chinesischen Produkthaftungs- und Lebensmittelrecht, Reaktion des chinesischen Gesetzgebers auf nicht abreißende Lebensmitteskandale", Recht der internationalen Wirtschaft (RIW) 2015 (Heft 12), p. 790 - 798
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Lectures list

  • What the PRC Civil Code Means for Doing Business in China, interview by China Law & Practice, July 2020, Shanghai
  • Introduction on Legal and Liability Issues Caused by the COVID-19 Outbreak – What to Know and What to Do, webinar held by German Chamber, March 2020, Shanghai
  • Introduction on COVID-19 Impact on Contract and Operations, webinar held by German Chamber, February 2020, Shanghai
  • “E-Commerce in China – Rechtliche und steuerliche Aspekte“, webinar held by IHK Mittlerer Niederrhein, December 2019, Shanghai
  • Introduction to PRC Law, especially the PRC Contract Law, International students from the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), May 2019, Shanghai  
  • Introduction to the PRC Contract Law, Students from University of Vienna Law School, April 2019, Shanghai
  • “Attorney Client Privilege”, webinar for Honeywell, March 2019, Shanghai
  • Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen für Geschäftsaktivitäten und ausländische Investitionen in der VR China, Start Alliance Berlin, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, April 2017, Shanghai
  • “Legal Issues for Foreign Companies doing Business in China”, CBL International China Business School, August 2015, Shanghai
  • “Legal Issues for Foreign Companies doing Business in China”, CBL International China Business School, July 2015, Shanghai
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13/08/2020
Over­view on Key Is­sues of the Tort Li­ab­il­ity Part of China’s First Civil...
The People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s (“PRC”) first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil law ever, i.e. the PRC Civil Code (“PRC Civil Code”) which was ad­op­ted on 28 May 2020 and which will enter...
02 June 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to the leg­al term for pay­ments
The reg­u­la­tion of pay­ment terms ap­plic­able to busi­ness to busi­ness (B2B) re­la­tion­ships is of in­creas­ing im­port­ant for many en­ter­prises.Over re­cent years there has been a tend­ency for many busi­nesses to...
13 August 2020
Over­view on Key Is­sues of the Tort Li­ab­il­ity Part of Chin­a's First Civil...
The People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s (“PRC”) first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil law ever, i.e. the PRC Civil Code (“PRC Civil Code”) which was ad­op­ted on 28 May 2020 and which will enter...
09/07/2020
CMS, China Talks About the PRC Civil Code on China Law Pod­cast
Dr. Ul­rike Glueck, Man­aging Part­ner of CMS, China Shang­hai Of­fice and Mr. Mi­chael Mun­zinger, Coun­sel of CMS, China have been in­vited to share their in­sights on the PRC Civil Code on China Law Pod­cast...
12 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to the leg­al as­pect for com­pany dir­ect­ors & CEOs
Even be­fore the COV­ID-19 glob­al pan­dem­ic, dir­ect­ors of com­pan­ies were un­der great­er scru­tiny than ever, with in­creas­ing con­cerns be­ing ex­pressed over gov­ernance and even the fun­da­ment­al pur­pose of com­mer­cial...
08 July 2020
China in­tro­duces new Neg­at­ive List 2020 and new FTZ Neg­at­ive List 2020
As to mar­ket ac­cess by for­eign in­vestors, start­ing from 28 Ju­ly 2017, the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC”) im­ple­men­ted a na­tion­wide neg­at­ive list ap­proach. The neg­at­ive list ap­proach means that...
07/07/2020
China In­tro­duces New Neg­at­ive List 2020 and New FTZ Neg­at­ive List 2020
As to mar­ket ac­cess by for­eign in­vestors, start­ing from 28 Ju­ly 2017, the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC”) im­ple­men­ted a na­tion­wide neg­at­ive list ap­proach. The neg­at­ive list ap­proach means that...
27 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to the law and reg­u­la­tion of force ma­jeure
COV­ID-19, known as coronavir­us, is dom­in­at­ing glob­al news and every­day life has changed im­meas­ur­ably in re­cent weeks with some coun­tries ex­per­i­en­cing com­plete lock-downs and closed bor­ders. This has caused...
24 June 2020
Over­view on Key Is­sues of the Con­tract Part of Chin­a's First Civil Code
The People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s (“PRC”) first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil law ever, i.e. the PRC Civil Code (“PRC Civil Code”), was ad­op­ted on 28 May 2020 and con­sists of 7 Parts and...
6/24/2020
Over­view on Key Is­sues of the Con­tract Part of China’s First Civil Code
The People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s (“PRC”) first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil law ever, i.e. the PRC Civil Code (“PRC Civil Code”), was ad­op­ted on 28 May 2020 and con­sists of 7 Parts and...
08 June 2020
Na­tion­al People's Con­gress Ad­opts Chin­a's First Civil Code
On 28 May 2020, the long-awaited Civil Code of the People's Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC Civil Code”), which is the People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s (“PRC”) first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil...
6/8/2020
Na­tion­al People's Con­gress Ad­opts China’s First Civil Code
On 28 May 2020, the long-awaited Civil Code of the People's Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC Civil Code”), which is the People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s (“PRC”) first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil...