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New ABA book provides essential tool for anyone dealing with Chinese laws


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New ABA book provides essential tool for anyone dealing with Chinese laws

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, June 30,  2014 – A new book from the American Bar Association Section for International Law marks the culmination of more than 20 years of work and offers the ultimate reference, and an indispensable tool for those involved or interested in the laws of the People's Republic of China.

“The China Law Deskbook, Fourth Edition”  covers, in plain English, the significant legal developments adopted by the Chinese government since the third edition was published in 2010. This two-volume set is organized by broad topic categories and provides a summary of the critical legal issues for foreign-invested enterprises, including:

  • Corporate organizational structure.
  • Industry-specific regulatory matters.
  • Tax issues.
  • Labor and employment.
  • Financial regulation.
  • Contracts.
  • Liquidation and bankruptcy.
  • Customs and the importation process.
  • Intellectual property protection.
  • Land use.
  • Protection of the environment and natural resources.
  • Mediation and arbitration.
  • Litigation.
  • Special rules for zones and administrative regions.

“The China Law Deskbook, Fourth Edition” is written by James M. Zimmerman, a partner in the Corporate practice group Sheppard Mullin’s Beijing office. He is recognized as one of Asia’s leading business lawyers in the categories of Chinese Law

Title:                            “China Law Deskbook, Fourth Edition”
Publisher:                   ABA Publishing
Pages:                        1,250 (in 2 volumes)
Product Code:           5210281
ISBN:                          978-1-62722-515-1
Size:                            7 x 10”
Binding:                     Softcover
Price:                          $245.95
Orders:                       800-285-2221 or 

What others are saying about “The China Law Deskbook, Fourth Edition”

“ ‘The China Law Deskbook’ is the definitive guide on China's law and practice for American companies operating in China  A must-have resource for industry players in China." — Mark Duval, President, American Chamber of Commerce in the People's Republic of China

“The Deskbook is a helpful tool for all European companies in dealing with the complexities of China’s legal and regulatory system as they seek to capture the commercial opportunities of the complex market. As a long-time hands-on actor in the legal field, and as former chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce China, Zimmerman has had the unique opportunity to witness China’s ongoing legal reform from various angles, and it shows: the Deskbook is pithy, up to date, practical and about to become a classic.” — Joerg Wuttke, President, European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

“Zimmerman’s China Law Deskbook has become the standard and go-to reference material on the complex and continually evolving subject of China law. Well laid out, easy to navigate and meticulous in its detail and understanding of the multiple factors influencing the development of China law and practice. It is an essential piece of any corporate counsel’s armory in providing assistance in navigating what continues to be a challenging, yet fascinating subject of primary commercial interest. Do not leave this book behind when structuring China investments.”  -– Chris Devonshire Ellis, publisher, China Briefing Magazine

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an email to Amanda Wilander at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Amanda Wilander c/o ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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