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Outward Bound

As Chinese companies have matured, they’re eagerly looking to the U.S. as a source for technology innovation, talent and market penetration, says Jackie Liu, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office.  Until recently, Chinese companies have had a low success rate in acquiring companies abroad.  But that has started to change as Chinese… Continue Reading

Far Beyond the Valley

Global tech hubs are a source of technology, talent, and funding While media coverage of the technology industry focuses largely on Silicon Valley, savvy tech and life sciences executives have been looking much farther afield, well beyond American borders. Americans are engaging with overseas companies in more diverse ways, fueling our thirst for knowledge about… Continue Reading

China Seeks Technology

Acquiring rights to U.S. and European technologies has become a priority for Chinese companies—as well as national policy. “Large state-owned companies possess phenomenal production capacity, but generally lag in R&D and technological advancement,” says Morrison & Foerster Beijing-based partner Sherry Xiaowei Yin. “Acquiring technology assets allows them to diversify their products and ascend the global… Continue Reading

Disputes in China: Watch Your Step

As cross-border business in China has exploded, so has the frequency of business disputes there. With both Western and Chinese firms wary of conducting litigation on the other’s home turf, parties can often agree on arbitration. Arbitration may even be preferable to bringing a Chinese company to an American court, says Craig Celniker, a Morrison… Continue Reading

The Global Prenup

Think two steps ahead to keep your international deals afloat You’re excited about that joint venture deal you signed with an overseas company. Together you’ll build a factory that will take orders from both sides, with the other company operating the factory. Excited, that is, until profits mysteriously vanish. You start to suspect the overseas… Continue Reading

China: Innovation for Sale

The Chinese government has been encouraging overseas pharmaceutical companies to outsource R&D to Chinese firms—part of an effort to move into more high-value work.  The draw: a growing, cost-effective bioscience talent pool made up of both local graduates and “sea turtles” who went to U.S. universities and returned, according to Morrison & Foerster partner Gordon… Continue Reading