FTZ

Regulations of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone released

It has been almost one year now since the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) has been launched.  During this time, a number of regulations have been issued by various authorities, such as the Ministry of Finance, the General Administration of Customs, the Ministry of Transport, People’s Bank of China, etc.

WFOE set-up in the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone

Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE) is, by far, the favorite entity for foreign investors looking to set up a company in China. Representative Offices may offer cheap and easy way to feel Chinese trends, Joint-Ventures may give you a privileged access to the market, but WFOE are the only way for a foreign investor to have full control on its operations in China. And where else than in Shanghai would you set up a WFOE? Since the launch of the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone (SHPFTZ) last September, new opportunities for foreign investors are arising in the city.

Interpretation of the SHIAC Pilot Free Trade Zone Arbitration Rules

Just recently, on 1st May 2014 the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Arbitration Rules came into effect. Formulated by the newly structured Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SHIAC) the regulations consist of 10 chapters and 85 articles. In line with international developments, the framework shall provide an alternative way for contractual and property rights dispute resolution in contrast to enduring court proceedings.

Negative List Shortened in Shanghai FTZ

On July 1st, the Shanghai Free Trade Zone government has released an update of its Negative List, the list referencing the industries in which foreign investments are forbidden. This update reduces the number of restricted industries from 190 to 139, in an effort to increase the zone attractiveness for foreign capital. Key changes affect:

Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone Arbitration Reform

The China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone has recently introduced an innovative Arbitration Reform, aiming at improving investors’ confidence by complying with international standards in Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR).

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