Dezan Shira & Associates, WeWork host Seminars across Mainland China and Hong Kong

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Dezan Shira & Associates hosted a series of business seminars across Mainland China and Hong Kong with Wework, one of the most popular co-working spaces in the world. At the seminars, Dezan Shira & Associates advisors shared their experiences on doing business in China.

On November 27, 2017, Dezan Shira & Associates’ International Business Advisory Director, Chet Scheltema, started the series of seminars with a presentation and roundtable discussion at WeWork’s Tower 535 location in Hong Kong.

During the seminar, Scheltema delved into the compliance requirements under China’s new foreign NGO law, and offered insight into compliance requirements for foreign NGOs. The content was well-received by the audience, many of whom asked specific questions pertaining to their organization during the roundtable discussion. Key topics of discussion included the scope of the organizations that are allowed to operate within China as well as the challenge of establishing local NGO partnerships.


On November 28, 2017, Dezan Shira & Associates’ International Business Advisory Manager, Kyle Freeman presented on common labor law issues facing foreign companies conducting business in China. The event marked the second in a series of WeWork events.

Speaking at WeWork’s Guanghua Lu branch in Beijing, Freeman provided tips for drafting labor contracts and staff handbooks, how to navigate China’s complex social security system, as well as the steps and associated hurdles for terminating staff in China.

On December 14, 2017, Thibaut Minot, Senior Associate at International Business Advisory team of Dezan Shira & Associates, gave a speech about the risks and compliance strategies of labor management in China. The last seminar of the series and was hosted at WeWork’ Weihai Lu Branch in Shanghai.

Minot highlighted the most common mistakes employers make in labor management and made suggestions for mitigating the potential for labor disputes in China. During the event, Minot said, “Well designed labor contracts and handbooks can help reduce employers’ risks of getting trapped by labor disputes”.

Following Thibaut’s presentation, Allan Xu, Dean Shira & Associates’ manager of Business Advisory Services, a former labor arbitrator in Shanghai, lead a Q&A session, answering questions about resolving labor dispute in China based on her solid knowledge and rich work experience.

Thibaut & Allan Common Labor Law Issue

Dezan Shira & Associates’ staff are regularly invited to speak at Chamber of Commerce and third party events. For further information specifically on labor law, please refer to the China Briefing publication Labor Dispute Management in China and the annual Human Resources & Payroll guide. For NGO advice, please visit the China Briefing news article Setting Up a Foreign NGO as an RO in China: Navigating the New Procedures.

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