Foreign Direct Investment in China

Foreign Direct Investment in China

Strategic partnership for a challenging growth market

Our China Practice Group provides entrepreneurs outside China the unique advantage of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary practice that incorporates knowledge of the Dutch and the Chinese laws and regulations, culture, language and business practices. Our services exceed those of a law firm - as strategic legal advisors we help to achieve the ambitions of our long-term clients.

Unrivaled experience and presence

We are the first Dutch law firm with a complete and officially licensed Chinese practice. From our offices in Shanghai and Beijing we offer localized services with a great advantage - our lawyers are fluent in Chinese, Dutch and English and can bridge the gap between the two cultures and legal systems. We advise international clients who want to start, consolidate or expand their business in China.

We have been active in China since 1995 and have knowledge that is not always necessarily of legal nature, but certainly indispensable. Experience that helps in assessing situations and potential partners, evaluating a strategy’s feasibility within the framework of law and government policy, and in analyzing realistic risk. In this way, we advise on economic cooperation models and incentives, the corporate investment structure, governance, tax efficiency to create a durable position on the Chinese market.

Our Practice Group consists of 3 partners based in Beijing and Amsterdam, 17 lawyers plus Dutch support and paralegals in China, and three qualified Chinese lawyers in the Netherlands.

Our services include:

  • Corporate: Company formation, joint venture establishment, cash and in-kind contribution arrangements, acquisition of stakes in Chinese companies, corporate government arrangements & minority shareholder protection, shareholders agreements, financing agreements
  • Commercial: Agency, distribution, sales and services contracts
  • International consulting and technology cooperation agreements (attribution of profits, Chinese withholding tax)
  • Employment:  Directorship en employment agreements, bonus structures, employee handbook, employment disputes, anti-compete disputes
  • IT agreements (including royalty / license fee arrangements and tax implications)
  • Personal Information Protection Law Compliance
  • IP: Trademark filing, IP protection measures, unfair competition
  • Real Estate: set-up retail shops, warehouse and distribution center lease agreements, acquisition or lease of land use rights
  • Tax: Taxation (incl employee tax and social security), China Dutch Tax Treaty based advice regarding repatriation of profits
  • E-commerce: E-commerce platform web-shops, online business structuring
  • Immigration: work permit, residence permit, secondments & salary split arrangements

Global Insurance Law Connect
Global Insurance Law Connect is a diverse global network of law firms with insurance expertise. BUREN’s China Practice is a member of the GILC Network for China. Please click here to view the brochure for more information.


Jan Holthuis

Partner | Lawyer
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+86 (0)21 61730388

Li Jiao

Partner | Lawyer
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+86 (0)21 60836813

Rachel Chen

Associate | Lawyer
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+31 (0)20 23 711 10

Susanna Tang

Senior Associate | Lawyer
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+31 (0)20 333 83 90


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