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  • Vietnam's Key Regions and Economic Zones
    Published on: November 2017

    In this issue of Vietnam Briefing, we discuss the importance of location to investments and outline the factors that investors should consider when evaluating potential sites for establishment within the country. We highlight Vietnam’s four key economic regions, analyze the differences between these locations, and finally highlight the important role that industrial zones can play in overcoming some of the drawbacks common to the Vietnamese market.

  • The IT Sector: Time to Invest in India
    Published on: October 2017

    In this edition of India Briefing Magazine, we make the case for why now is the right time for foreign firms to invest in India’s IT sector. Firms can take advantage of the existing IT infrastructure, new industrial verticals, proliferation of technological startups, and federal incentives. Finally, we discuss India’s talent procurement advantages, with its labor pool of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) graduates.

  • Les Ressources Humaines en ASEAN
    Published on: October 2017

    Dans ce numéro d’ASEAN Briefing, nous discutons de la structure des marchés du travail en ASEAN et mettons en lumière les points les plus importants concernant les salaires et la conformité à tous les niveaux de la chaîne de valeur. Nous donnons une vue d’ensemble comparative des marchés du travail dans la région, montrons les différences en termes de coûts et de conformité entre les marchés, et offrons notre perspective sur l’état des assurances sociales obligatoires à travers le bloc.

  • China's Investment Landscape: Finding New Opportunities
    Published on: September 2017

    China’s foreign investment landscape has experienced pivotal changes this year. The Middle Kingdom can still be a challenging place to do business, but its economy has outperformed expectations. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we examine how foreign investors can capitalize on China’s latest FDI reforms. First, we outline new industry liberalizations in both China’s FTZs and the country at large. We then consider when an FTZ makes sense as an investment location, and what businesses should consider when entering one. Finally, we give an overview of China’s latest pro-business reforms that streamline a wide range of administrative and regulatory measures.

  • De Nouveaux Facteurs à Considérer lors de l'Etablissement d'une WFOE en Chine en 2017
    Published on: August 2017

    Dans ce numéro de China Briefing, nous tentons de guider les lecteurs à travers les différentes facettes de la structure WFOE et présentons les réformes mises en œuvre par le gouvernement chinois cette année passée, privilégiant à présent des démarches administratives allégées et un processus simplifié. Nous discutons des avantages que peuvent apporter une structure WFOE dans un contexte chinois changeant, détaillons les critères à satisfaire avant la création d’une telle structure, clarifions étape-par-étape le processus d’incorporation et explicitons la nouvelle règle singulière de la « personne véritablement en charge ».

  • Internal Control in China
    Published on: July 2017

    While fraud is a well-known issue for foreign investors doing business in China, many companies underestimate the risks of fraud occurring from within their own organizations. The answer to limiting exposure to these risks is internal control. In this issue of China Briefing magazine, we explain what makes China’s internal control environment distinct, and why China-based operations need to prioritize internal control. We then outline how to execute an internal control review to gauge organizational resiliency and identify gaps in control points, and introduce practical internal controls for day-to-day operations. Finally, we explore why ERP systems are becoming increasingly integral to companies’ internal control regimes.

  • Choosing an Effective Entry Model for Vietnam Investments
    Published on: July 2017

    In this issue of Vietnam Briefing we detail the structure of Vietnam’s investment landscape and outline of the most prudent market entry models for foreign enterprises seeking to take advantage of ongoing reforms. We highlight opportunities for 100 percent foreign owned investment projects, discuss the utility of representative offices in pursuing market expansion, and showcase the role that joint ventures can play in maximizing access to restricted sectors.

  • How to Set Up in the Philippines
    Published on: July 2017

    In this issue of ASEAN Briefing magazine, we provide an introduction to the Philippines as well as analyze the various market entry options available for investors interested in expanding to the island nation. We also discuss the step-by-step process for setting up a business entity in the Philippines, highlighting the various statutory requirements for overseas investors. Finally, we explore the potential for Singapore to serve as a viable base to administer investors’ Philippine operations.

  • Establishing a Foreign Business in Russia
    Published on: July 2017

    In this issue of Russia Briefing, we explain the basics of business set up for foreign investors, from trademark registration, representation, trading mechanisms, and manufacturing. With low corporate tax rates, Russia is set to become the most dynamic of the trade corridors opening up to Asia.

  • Payroll Processing and Compliance in Singapore
    Published on: June 2017

    In this issue of ASEAN Briefing, we discuss payroll processing and reporting in Singapore as well as analyze the options available for foreign companies looking to centralize their ASEAN payroll processes. We begin by discussing the various regulations that impact salary computation, and tax and social security calculation in Singapore. We then explore the potential for Singapore to emerge as a premier payroll processing center in ASEAN. Finally we consider the benefits of outsourcing payroll – both Singapore-based and ASEAN-wide – to a reliable third-party payroll processing provider.


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