We have extensive experience with assisting Norwegian and international clients navigate the legal issues and practicalities of doing business in China. Our Shanghai office is strategically located in the heart of China’s economic centre, and our team there is well-equipped to assist clients across all phases of their business operations in China.
As an award-winning supplier of legal services in China, we are proud to be the only Nordic law firm with an office in China. Since 2002, we have been providing pragmatic and effective legal services to clients in China across various sectors. While we have a particular focus on the maritime industry, our expertise in China extends to commercial matters of many other sectors. We have assisted numerous Norwegian companies with their operations in China, and have successfully resolved more legal challenges than any other law firm.
Our team in Shanghai is made up of seasoned PRC, Norwegian and English-qualified lawyers. In Norway, our lawyers have over 20 years of combined experience from working in China. Our Shanghai office plays an active role in the Nordic business environment in China, and works closely with Norwegian foreign stations and Innovation Norway.
In addition to assisting Norwegian and international clients, the Shanghai team also assists Chinese companies with their legal issues in both Mainland and abroad. The team there is experienced in advising clients on a range of legal issues, including those related to foreign investments and international dispute resolution. Our portfolio of Chinese clients includes state-owned companies, listed companies, private investors, investment funds, and small and medium-sized companies. Our Chinese-speaking lawyers ensure effective communication and good relationships with our Chinese clients.
We are also a full-service provider of cultural and linguistic services, ensuring that our Chinese clients feel comfortable and well-represented in all aspects of their legal needs in Norway.
- Anti-corruption, compliance and sanctions
- International trade issues
- Employment law
- Privacy protection
- Structural evaluations
- Company establishment
- Taxes and fees
- Competition law
- Dispute resolution
- Shipbuilding contracts
- Sales and leasebacks
- Maritime and Offshore Emergency Response
Read our articles on China
China has amended its criminal law for the 12th time with effect from 1 March 2024 by increasing penalties and adding employees of private companies to some bribery and corruption offences that currently only apply to employees of state-owned enterprises.
Trademark registration plays a vital role in securing trademark protection in China. Over 7 million trademark applications were submitted for registration in China in 2022 according to an official report from China's Trademark Office ("CTMO"). As of the end of 2022, the total number of registered trademarks in China exceeded 42 million.
The world relies heavily on China for its supply chains and access to strategic resources. Whilst the geopolitical risk may be increasing, a complete decoupling is still undesirable for most companies. Faced with mounting pressure to diversify out of China, many foreign companies are therefore exploring alternative de-risking strategies to help with effective supply chain diversification and key-asset distribution.