Vivian Mao interviewed by The Wall Street Journal on Company Chops in China

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In recent months, Chinese news has been full of stories regarding several company’s internal struggles over one of their most valuable assets – company chops.

Company chops are government issued seals (or stamps), mandatory for conducting or operating a business in China. These chops are typically used for legally authorizing documents instead of a signature and replace signatures, which are commonly used in western countries.

For those doing business in China, the importance and implication of official company chops cannot be overstated, with companies going to great lengths to ensure they are secure and in the custody of trusted parties.

Recently Vivian Mao, Partner in our Shanghai office, sat down with the Wall Street Journal to discuss the importance of these chops to China’s businesses.

‘Managing control over a company chop is like arranging a prenuptial agreement,” explains Ms. Mao,  “No one thinks about it in the beginning, when everyone is happy and gets along with each other. They only realize how important control over the chop is when there is internal disagreement or when business relationships break apart.’

To read the full article, please click here.

At Dezan Shira & Associates, our China offices are outfitted with special “chop rooms” where the prized rubber stamps are kept under lock and key.  Looking for a secure place to store your company chop? Contact us today.

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