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Personal Wealth Planning in the Context of Policy Reform

November 2017 - Finance. Legal Developments by Han Kun Law Firm.

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Authors: Han CHEN, Bing XUE, Qihui TANG

With rapid economic growth in China, wealth planning for high net worth individuals and the demand for establishing family offices have become popular topics in the market. In order to help readers understand the legal issues related to wealth inheritance and planning, we have prepared this article to discuss the reforms in foreign exchange administration and taxation policies that have been undertaken in recent years. This article is part of a series to be written on the topic of wealth management in China.

Overview of the New Regulations for Private Schools

November 2017 - Employment. Legal Developments by Han Kun Law Firm.

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Authors: Yaohua HU, Laixiang LI

On January 18, 2017, the State Council officially promulgated the Several Opinions of the State Council on Encouraging Non-governmental Sectors to Run Schools and Promoting the Healthy Development of Non-governmental Education (Guo Fa [2016] No. 81) (the "Opinions"). On the same day, the Ministry of Education published two regulations regarding private schools on its official website, namely the Notice of the Ministry of Education and other Four Departments on the Issuance of Detailed Rules for the Implementation of Private Schools Classification Registration (Jiao Fa [2016] No. 19) (the “Registration Rules”) and the Notice of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce on the Issuance of Detailed Rules for the Implementation of the Supervision and Management of For-Profit Private Schools (Jiao Fa [2016] No. 20) ( the “Management Rules”, which, together with the Opinions and the Registration Rules, are referred to as the “Regulations” ). The Regulations mentioned above are regarded as key rules in the private education industry and supplement the Private Education Promotion Law of the PRC (revised in 2016)1 (the “Promotion Law”), as amended on November 7, 2016. The Regulations will help to promote private school classification administration reforms and facilitate the implementation of related preferential policies. This article will provide a brief overview of the Regulations based upon relevant provisions of the Promotion Law.

New Bike-sharing Rules: The Role of Government, Operators and Users

November 2017 - Transport. Legal Developments by Han Kun Law Firm.

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Authors: Gloria XU, Cheng CHEN, Qianfei WANG

On August 1, 2017, the Guiding Opinions on Encouraging and Regulating the Development of Internet Bicycle Rentals (Jiao Yun Fa [2017] No. 109) (the “Opinions”) was jointly promulgated with State Council approval by ten ministries and departments, including the Ministry of Transport, the Publicity Department of CPC, the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, the People's Bank of China, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the National Tourism Administration. Before the promulgation of the Opinions, which is the first national departmental rules specially aimed at the Internet bicycle rental (hereinafter referred to as "bike-sharing") industry, road traffic administration or other related departments in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shijiazhuang and several other cities had successively released normative documents or drafts for comments of such documents related to bike-sharing industry.

Internet News Information Service Industry Reshuffle?

November 2017 - TMT ( Technology, Media & Telecoms). Legal Developments by Han Kun Law Firm.

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Authors: Sheng LI, Xi YAN

On May 2, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China promulgated the Administrative Provisions for Internet News Information Services (“Provisions"), which will come into effect on June 1, 2017 and replace the existing Regulations for the Administration of Internet News Information Services (“Regulations”) which was promulgated in 2005.

Drug Procurement GPOs: Antitrust Law Compliance Matters

November 2017 - Finance. Legal Developments by Han Kun Law Firm.

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Authors: Chen MA, Da SHI, Junfeng CUI

The drug market in China has long been subject to both market competition and administrative control. While the government leaves drug prices to market fundamentals in principle, it also actively intervenes in the case of market failures, which includes adjusting the market structure to regulate drug prices.

CII, Core Cybersecurity Law System Issued

November 2017 - Crime. Legal Developments by Han Kun Law Firm.

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Authors: David TANG, Min ZHU, Jundong GUO, Effy SUN

On July 10, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) promulgated the Regulations on the Security Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure (Draft for Comment) (“Draft Regulations”), which will be open for public comment until August 10, 2017.

The Reach of Shareholder Look-through

November 2017 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Han Kun Law Firm.

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Authors: Yaohua HU 丨 Xin DU 丨 Yikai WANG 丨 Yunting YE

The PRC Law on Securities (“Securities Law”) and relevant laws and regulations strictly prohibit the unauthorized issuance of shares to the public (the issuance of shares either to nonspecified persons or to specified persons which results in the issuer having more than 200 shareholders). In practice, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) is intently focused on whether the number of shareholders exceeds 200 upon applying certain shareholder “look-through” rules. In general, “look-through” means to examine the upstream shareholding structure of companies or the subscription structure of private equity (“PE”) funds or asset management plans to determine the ultimate natural person, listed company or State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (“SASAC”) investors. The scope of the look-through rules is an important factor that affects the 200 shareholder threshold determination, although this concept continues to be ambiguous. By analyzing the relevant laws, regulations and cases, this article discusses the scope of look-through in determining the number of shareholders in different types of capital market transactions, including IPOs, backdoor listings, asset purchases through share issuances (not constituting a backdoor listing), cash subscriptions for private share placements of A-share listed companies, public issuances of A-share listed companies (share allotments, additional share issuances), NEEQ listings and the private placements of NEEQ listed companies.

Hong Kong's Recently Passed Ordinance on Third Party Funding and HKIAC's Consultation

November 2017 - Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Legal Developments by Han Kun Law Firm.

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on Proposed Amendments to the 2013 Rules

on Proposed Amendments to the 2013 Rules

In this June, a long-awaited law was passed and enacted by the Hong Kong Legislative Council, clearing the way for third parties to fund arbitration in Hong Kong.

Repossession of Aircraft in China: Legal Issues and Options for Lessors

November 2017 - Transport. Legal Developments by Han Kun Law Firm.

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Authors: Shu WANG, Jun ZHU

While the aviation industry continues to expand quickly in the PRC market, it is still possible that things can go wrong and an individual lessee may default under a lease when it faces tough times due to various reasons. For all lessors, whether they are financial lessors or operating lessors, it is essential to have a good knowledge of their enforcement rights in the worst scenario and the actions that they can do to recover their aircraft when all other remedies have failed.

Shanghai Circulates Incentive Policy 2.0 for Foreign-Invested R&D Centers

November 2017 - Corporate & Commercial. Legal Developments by Han Kun Law Firm.

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Authors: David TANG, Jun LI, Serina WEI

On October 16, 2017, Shanghai Municipal People’s government circulated the Several Opinions on Further Supporting Foreign-Invested Research and Development Centers to Participate in Shanghai’s Construction of a Science and Technology Innovation Center with Global Influence (Hu Fu Fa [2017] No. 79, hereinafter “Opinions”), which can be regarded as a policy 2.0 to promote the establishment and development of foreign-invested research and development centers (“R&D Centers”) following the issuance in 2012 of the Several Opinions of Shanghai Municipality on Encouraging the Establishment of Foreign-Invested Research and Development Centers by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality and the Shanghai Municipal Development and Reform Commission.