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Dr. Oliver Maaz


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

Dr. Oliver Maaz, Partner of CMS in Shanghai, is an experienced China expert who has been providing comprehensive legal advice to foreign companies in China for more than 13 years. He regularly advises clients on real estate & construction (including environmental issues), corporate & M&A, commercial, litigation and foreign direct investment. An author of numerous publications Oliver is also a frequent speaker at events relating to legal matters in China.

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Relevant experience

  • Advising the world’s leading manufacturer of vacuum equipment for vacuum metallurgy and heat treatment on construction projects in the Chinese Province Jiangsu (construction of infrastructure for production facility, relocation of production, and erection of new buildings) in the context of build-to-suit-lease
  • Advising one of the world’s leading manufacturers of technical adhesive tapes and self-adhesive system solutions on construction projects (erection of buildings) including EPC/Turnkey Projects in the Chinese province Jiangsu
  • Advising one of the world's leading manufacturers and providers of compressed air products and services on construction projects in Shanghai (demolition and erection of buildings)
  • Advising a German production company in the field of metal engineering and components on the acquisition of land use-rights and buildings in Shanghai (production expansion)
  • Advising the Chinese holding of a German wholesaler of fasteners, chemicals, safety products, tools and inventory management on the construction and lease out of a factory building in the province of Liaoning in China
  • Advising an internationally operating manufacturer of PUR foams, technical aerosols and liquid products on the sale of its production facility in Shanghai, including evaluation and sale of land-use rights and buildings
  • Advising a global manufacturer of compressed air and vacuum products on the sale of real estate in Shanghai (owned by an overseas entity) including lease and sublease within the company group
  • Advising a Berlin-based architecture bureau on their design project with the town planning department in the province of Jiangsu in China (German Town project)
  • Advising a multinational manufacturer in the automotive, toy, and consulting industries on the acquisition on land-use rights and construction of buildings including the bidding procedures
  • Advising a global manufacturer in the construction machinery sector on an EPC/Turnkey project regarding the sale of a surface treatment centre and in the northern Chinese province of Hebei
  • Advising a global manufacturer of process instrumentation on the equity buy-out of a joint venture from its state owned Chinese partner in northern China
  • Advising an automotive supplier of driver operating / sensor systems and control units on establishing its business and setting up a Joint-Venture in China
  • Advising a specialist for the integration of renewable energy (power to gas) on establishing its business in China and negotiating the supply and construction of a wind-hydrogen hybrid power plant with government officials in the province of Hebei
  • Advising a global manufacturer of industrial robots and solutions for factory automation in complex arbitration proceedings and execution in Shanghai
  • Advising an international fashion company on setting up a franchise system and opening of stores in China
  • Advising the German holding of a designer and manufacturer of temporary structures on establishing its business and setting up a Joint-Venture in the PR China
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  • 2005: PHD at Julius-Maximilian-University (Würzburg), Germany
  • 1996 – 2003: Law study at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Munich) including post-graduate legal traineeship
  • 1991 – 1996: Vereinigte Haftpflichtversicherung AG, Munich, Germany
  • 1986 – 1991: BMW AG, Munich, Germany including traineeship
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  • Handbook of the domain name law - national protection systems and international dispute resolution, commentary on the country section PRC, Wolters Kluwer, 2nd ed. 2017
  • China: Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in China – In: International Newsletter, December issue 2016
  • China: Cyber Security Law, September 2015 – In: International Newsletter, September issue 2015
  • Handelsvertreterrecht in der VR China – In: Handbuch internationales Handelsvertreterrecht, 2. Auflage 2013, S. 72 ff. (ISBN: 978-3-8462-0005-6)
  • Besonderheiten bei der Nutzung des Internets in der VR China – In CIHD Magazin 11/2011, S. 12 ff. (Chinesischer Industrie & Handelsverband e.V.)
  • Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen in der VR China (M&A, Gründungsformen und Antimonopolistische Untersuchungen) - In: Investitionsführer China 2009, S. 71 ff. (ISBN: 978-3-89981-912-0)
  • Recht der Informationstechnologie in der VR China – In: Investitionsführer China 2009, S. 120 ff. (ISBN: 978-3-89981-912-0)
  • Mergers & Akquisition von Ausländischen Investoren in China – In: Business Focus China - Praxisorientierter Ratgeber für den deutschen Mittelstand, Mai 2008, S. 222 ff. (ISBN: 978-3-940114-01-03)
  • Right of Possession and Protection of Property – In: BusinessForum China (Shanghai), September/October 2007, S. 42 ff. (German Industry & Commerce China)
  • Safeguarding of Credits – In: BusinessForum China (Shanghai), July/August 2007, S. 45 ff. (German Industry & Commerce China)
  • The New Chinese Property Rights Law: An Overview – In: BusinessForum China (Shanghai), May/June 2007, S. 39 ff. (German Industry & Commerce China)
  • Protection Against Monopolies – In: BusinessForum China (Shanghai), March/April 2007, S. 46 f. (German Industry & Commerce China)
  • VR China: Kartellbildung nicht gewollt – In: China Contact – Wirtschaftsmagazin für China, Oktober 2006, S 44 f. (OWC – Verlag für Außenwirtschaft GmbH)
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Lectures list

  • Construction Disputes in China - New Interpretation Rules of the Supreme People’s Court - in China Real Estate Market Update and Forecasts 2019 an event for news on legislation and market trends for industrial land and commercial properties in China in cooperation with NAI Sofia Group Shanghai and Plainvim International Industrial Parks held on July 2019
  • Real Estate in China, what do I have to consider as an investor? Road show at the local credit union (Volksbank) in Starnberg-Herrsching, Ulm-Biberach and Pforzheim in cooperation with DZ Bank Hong Kong, November 2018
  • M&A in China and Beyond, Executive Master for European and International Business Law Program of University of St. Gallen, Shanghai (Fudan University), August 2018
  • Shanghai Berlin Business Forum: Sustainable Companies and Cities, IHK Berlin – Event, Shanghai, April 2018
  • Workshop Legal & Tax: Does China remain attractive for foreign investments?, German Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, March 2017
  • Commercial and Industrial Real Estate in China – Do some bubbles never burst?, SwissCham – Event, Shanghai, June 2016
  • Industry 4.0 – Does China offer sufficient Legal Protection?, VDMA members seminar, Shanghai, September 2015
  • Rechtliche Aspekte für ausländische Unternehmen in der VR China, ZAB – Seminar, Brandenburg, April 2015
  • Workshop Legal & Tax: Gerichtsprozesse in der VR China, macht das Sinn? German Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai, November 2012
  • Was Maschinen- & Anlagenbauer aus rechtlicher Sicht in China beachten müssen, Management Circle - Event, München, Juni 2012
  • Intellectual Property Rights in Europe, Zhongnan University for Economics and Law in Wuhan, P.R. China (2009 to 2011)
  • Telecommunication Law in the PR China, German Chamber of Commerce (“IT-Days”), Shanghai and Beijing (2007 to 2011)
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