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A Historical Change In The Chinese Courts’ Attitude Towards Recovery Of Lawyers’ Fees

Under Chinese law, not all costs follow the event. In practice, the Chinese courts have long been notoriously reluctant in upholding a claim for the litigant’s lawyers’ fees. However, in March 2017, the Supreme People’s Court of China in Wu Xiaoguang v Li Qiang & Others [2016] Supreme Court Civil Final No. 613 espoused the view that where parties have contractually agreed that one party shall bear the lawyers’ fees of the other party, the Court ought to award a successful litigant its lawyer fees. This Update provides a summary of the decision and its potential impact. 

Highlights of China’s 2017 Foreign Investment Catalogue

On 28 June 2017, the PRC National Development and Reform Commission and the PRC Ministry of Commerce jointly released a revised Catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Investment Industries (2017 Revision) ("2017 Catalogue"), which came into effect from 28 July 2017. The 2017 Catalogue reflects the intention of the State Council to improve the investment environment, further loosen the requirements for market access in the service, manufacturing and mining industries, and to adopt a "negative list" management approach on a nationwide basis. This Update looks at the major amendments in the 2017 Catalogue.

Cyberspace Administration of China Issues Finalised Measures on Security Review of Network Products and Services

On 2 May 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China issued the final version of the Measures on Security Review of Network Products and Services (the "Measures"), which took effect from 1 June 2017, which is the same day that the Cyber Security Law entered into force. This Update provides a summary of the key features of the Measures.