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Welcome to the Third Annual Greenebaum China Business Summit
Opening Remarks Robert L. Brown, Esq. Chair, China Team Greenebaum Doll & Mc. Donald 502/587 -3716 [email protected] com
China: The New Franchising Frontier Sean P. Gallagher, Esq. Greenebaum Doll & Mc. Donald 502/587 -3773 [email protected] com
Product Distribution • China: Population of 1. 3 billion • How do I put my products in the hands of consumers?
Methods of Distribution • Company owned stores • Distributorships and dealerships • Franchising
What is Franchising? • Trademark license • Payment of franchise fee • Significant assistance or significant control
Why Franchise? • Availability of capital • Allocate the risk of failure of any single unit to the franchisee who owns and operates that unit • Knowledge of franchisee
Measures for the Regulation of Commercial Franchise • Issued by the Ministry of Commerce • Effective February 1, 2005 • To promote “healthy and orderly development of commercial franchising” • Commercial Franchise Regulation pending before the State Council – stay tuned
Disclose, Disclose! • What? – Financial information, estimated initial investment, sources of products and supplies, information on existing and terminated franchises. All disclosures “requested” by a franchisee – Yikes! • When? – At least 20 days prior to signing franchise agreement (or anytime at the request of a franchisee? ) • Why? – Liability for economic losses caused by inadequate disclosures or misrepresentations.
Relationship Rules • Term: Not less than 3 years. • Standard of performance. – Franchisor must operate in accordance with the principles of fair dealing, honesty and trustworthiness. • What does that mean? • Implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing? • Filing of Franchise Agreement. – Implications are unclear.
Foreign-Invested Enterprise • Two company-owned units in China for more than one year prior to offering franchises for sale? • Cross-border franchising? – Unclear whether it falls under Franchise Measures.
International Expansion into China and Elsewhere. • Understanding which countries (such as China) have franchise specific laws. • Type of disclosure documents. – International Disclosure Document. – Traditional UFOC with a country-specific wrap. – Geographic or language-specific disclosure document. • To disclose or not to disclose – that is the question! – Talk with your attorney early in the process.
Foreign Investment and Recent Changes to China’s Corporate Law Haifeng Hong Greenebaum Doll & Mc. Donald 502/587 -3568 [email protected] com
Foreign Investment in China • Foreign Direct Investment by Vehicle Type (January-November 2004 and 2005) Foreign Investment Type Number of Projects Contracted FDI Value ($billion) 2005 2004 %change Total FDI 39, 679 39, 291 1. 17 $167. 21 $135. 04 23. 99 EJVs 9, 347 10, 289 -9. 04 $28. 84 $24. 15 19. 82 CJVs 1, 054 1, 216 -12. 75 $7. 65 $6. 89 11. 90 WFOEs 29, 239 27, 746 5. 57 $128, 83 $103. 29 24. 62 Foreign-invested shareholding ventures 39 40 -2. 50 $1. 90 $0. 71 226. 77 Note: FDI=foreign direct investment; EJVs=equity joint ventures; CJVs=cooperative joint ventures; WFOEs=wholly foreign-owned enterprises Source: PRC National Bureau of Statistics
Foreign Investment in China Industry Updates • Distribution Rights ØDefinition: to sell imported or locally sourced goods directly at the wholesale or retail levels within China ØPreviously, domestic import-export agents and distributors are necessary ØJuly 2005: PRC Ministry of Commerce issued application procedures through which FIEs can obtain distribution rights
Foreign Investment in China Industry Updates • Banking ØLiberalization since 2001; Remove restrictions by Dec 1, 2006 ØExpanded local presence: Seven more cities ØReduced minimum operating capital requirement: RMB 100 million ($12. 4 million) ØForeign Banks’ Stake Acquisitions
Foreign Investment in China What to Watch in the Near Future? • Income Tax unification ØOfficial Rate: 33% ØPost-adjustment: Foreign Invested Enterprises (FIE) (11%) v. Domestic Companies (23%) ØUnified Legislation in 2007 expected ØPrediction on Unified Legislation: ü current incentives available for projects existing prior new tax regime ü new corporate income tax: around 25% ü tax incentives based on industry and geographic location
Foreign Investment in China What to Watch in the Near Future? • The Antimonopoly Law ØExpected to be passed in late 2006 ØIncreased access to certain markets dominated by State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ø“Public Interest" concern
Foreign Investment in China What to Watch in the Near Future? • Intellectual Property Rights ØU. S. - China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT): July 2005 ü to increase criminal prosecutions ü to criminalize the export of counterfeit goods ü to accede WIPO Internet treaties by June 2006 and combat internet piracy
Recent Changes to China’s Corporate Law New Law • New Legislation • Amendment of the Corporate Law ØPassed on October 27, 2005, effective on January 1, 2006 ØBackground
Recent Changes to China’s Corporate Law I. Relaxation of the Rules Governing the Establishment and Investment of a Company • Minimum Capital Contributions Ø Ø • Joint stock companies: RMB 5 million (US$619, 594) Other LLCs: RMB 30, 000 (US$3, 718) New criteria for a company’s investment in other companies Ø Ø No limitation on a company’s total investments in other companies Joint and several liability to the invested companies’ debts
Recent Changes to China’s Corporate Law II. Improvement to Corporate Governance • Minority Shareholders Protection Ø Ø Ø Access to the accounts of the corporation Resort to courts to revoke relevant resolution made in violation of convening procedures or voting methods as required by articles of the corporation or law: 60 -day limitation Derivative lawsuit against directors or senior managers
Recent Changes to China’s Corporate Law II. Improvement to Corporate Governance (cont’d) • Employee’s Right-to-Know Ø Ø • Important corporate issues Decisions affecting the company Legal Representative Ø Ø Ø Chairman of BOD Managing director or Manager Under old law: only chairman of BOD
Recent Changes to China’s Corporate Law III. Piercing the Corporate Veil • Jointly and Severally Liability for Corporation’s Debt Ø Ø • Abuse of independent legal status of a corporation Intentionally remove the corporation’s debts Cause material loss to creditors of the corporation
Summary • • An Evolving Market Opportunity v. Risk Note: The information included in this presentation is based on the following sources: * The China Effect, China Business Review, April, 2006 * Foreign Investment in China, The US –China Business Council, January, 2006 * Changes to China’s Corporate Law, Greenebaum International Letter, Issue 1, 2006
Tax Aspects of Structuring Investments in China Gregory S. Shumate Greenebaum Doll & Mc. Donald 859/655 -6884 [email protected] com
General U. S. International Tax Concepts • U. S. taxes its U. S. citizens, resident aliens and U. S. corporations on their world wide income • Objective of doing business in China: Maximize Repatriation of Earnings through Minimization of Worldwide Tax By: ØDeferring US Tax ØUtilizing Foreign Tax Credit ØUtilizing Income Tax Treaty Protection ØExpense Allocation
Phase 1: Start-Up Phase-- Direct Sales • • • Direct Sales to Chinese Customers Minimum Foreign Presence in Start-up Phase Objective: No China Income Tax on Business Income Local Law Taxable Business Presence U. S. -China Income Tax Treaty Ø Separate Standard under Treaty - Avoidance of Permanent Establishment (“PE”) Ø Office or other fixed place of business in China---PE Ø Employees or dependent agents in China who habitually conclude contracts on behalf of U. S. company and has ability to bind U. S. company--PE Ø Factory or inventory storage, display, delivery, 3 rd party processing, purchase of goods & merchandise in China—No PE Ø 6 month construction projects and 12 month service contracts—No PE Ø Web based sales, phone, mail order, fax or other non-China based sales office— No PE
Advantages/Disadvantages of Direct Sales • Advantages include simplicity, no need for establishment of an international structure, minimal tax planning and no China income tax • No substantial financial investment • Consider Export Incentives: DISC to reduce U. S. income tax rate on exports • Disadvantages include no foreign presence or control over local marketing, sales, quality control, delivery, etc.
Phase 2: Representative Office • Overseas Expansion Phase: Branch office not permitted, so a Representative Office is an option • Liason, marketing support, market research and information gathering • No profit motive, so no fixed place of business and no China tax
Phase 3: Taxation of Foreign Investment Enterprises • Choice of Entity Ø China/Foreign Equity JV Ø Cooperative JV Ø Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise Ø Foreign Invested Shareholding Company • All treated as Corporation for US tax purposes • Deferral of U. S. income tax until profits are repatriated or application of anti-deferral rules (i. e. , CFC, Subpart F rules) • Indirect Foreign Tax Credits applies to dividends
Holding Company Structure • Defer U. S. tax and redistribute profits to foreign subsidiaries without U. S. repatriation through use of holding company structure. • Controlled Foreign Corporations (“CFC”), Subpart F and anti-deferral rules • Passive income and foreign base sales and service income • Manufacturing and same country exceptions to Subpart F • Check the box (Form 8832) on lower tier subsidiaries (disregarded entities) to prevent Subpart F income • Fail definition of CFC through ownership rules • Favorable Holding Company Jurisdictions Ø Netherlands Ø Hong Kong (HK and PRC separate countries for US tax purposes) Ø Cayman Islands
Foreign Tax Credit • FTC partially alleviates Double Tax Problem • Foreign Tax Credit Limitation • U. S. will tax profits that are subject to a lower rate of tax in another country • Thus, deferral of U. S. tax is usually preferred • Declining worldwide tax rates vs. higher U. S. tax rate • Direct vs. Indirect Foreign Tax Credit
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