Navigating through the complexities of doing business in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) takes an understanding of the legal and cultural differences and an awareness of pitfalls to avoid. 

On Sept. 25, Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, P.A. and Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW) present A Roadmap for Business Success in China: Legal, Practical & Cultural Pointers & Pitfalls, an afternoon and evening of seminars, workshops, and networking designed to give attendees a legal, practical and cultural roadmap for business success in the PRC.  This seminar is tailored to and intended for business entrepreneurs and top executives of businesses, including in-house legal counsel, and for non-lawyer professionals serving clients involved in business, trade or investment with China or planning to be so involved in the future.  (No Minnesota CLE is provided.) 

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP; US-China Business Connections; The University of Minnesota China Center; and the Minnesota Trade Office will also be participating in this seminar. 

The afternoon seminars and workshops focus on issues such as tax, employment and intellectual property laws, foreign investment and ownership, choice of business entities and PRC-based manufacturing, as well as the practical and cultural challenges faced by foreign business in China.An appetizer networking/reception featuring Arthur J. Rolnick, Senior Vice President and Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will follow. 

The event will be divided into two different sections.  The formal program will be Sept. 25, 2008 from 1–5:30 p.m. in the US Bank Plaza, North Tower, 31st Floor, 200 S. 6th St., Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Appetizer Networking/Reception will be from 5:30–7 p.m. in the US Bank Plaza, South Tower, 17th Floor, 220 S. 6th St., Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

The seminar will begin with open networking from 1-1:30 p.m. followed by an introduction to the day’s speakers and an overview of the history of Chinese law presented by Seymour Mansfield, Founder & Partner, Mansfield Tanick & Cohen, P.A., Minneapolis, MN; Yi Zhou, Founder & Partner, Ray Yin & Partners PRC Lawyers, Beijing/Shenzhen, China; and Meredith McQuaid, Dean, University of Minnesota Office of International Programs; Former Co-Head of Beijing Branch, University of Minnesota Law School. 

The introductions and overview will be followed by China Labor and New Employment Contract Law presented by Simon Bai, Partner, Winners Law Firm, Tianjin, China; Jill Gaulding, Schaefer Law Firm, Minneapolis, MN; Former Teacher, International Employment Law, University of Iowa Law School; and Seymour Mansfield.


Hao Wang, Founder & Partner, RayYin & Partners PRC Lawyers, Beijing/Shenzhen, China; Andrew Xu, Partner, Winners Law Firm, Tianjin, China; and Jeff Jiang, Head of China Strategies Consulting Group, Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company, LLP, Minneapolis, MN will later present Foreign Investment, Ownership, Choice of Entity/Structure and Repatriation of Profits; New China Tax Law.  Steve Hansen, Director of Marketing, Thomson Reuters, Eagan, MN; and Greg Grunsted, Investment Executive, Feltl & Co., Minneapolis, MN will comment and the moderator will be Seymour Mansfield.


The last presentation before the breakout sessions will be Protection of Intellectual Property (IP):  Legal and Practical Aspects (Patent and Other Protections).  Presenters will be Ronald J.  Xu, Partner, Sphere Logic Partners, Xiaman, China; Jeffrey Stone, Partner & Patent Lawyer, Altera Law Group, Minneapolis, MN; and Thomas Bigley, Faculty & Ph.D. candidate (China IP), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA; Lawyer & Engineer


A break for informal networking will be followed by breakout sessions on four topics:

1) New China Tax Law (Intensive)

2) Establishing Your Manufacturing Plant (OEM) in China:  From Plan to Implementation:  Steps, Stages, Government Approvals, etc.

3) Protection of IP:  Legal and Practical Aspects (Intensive)

4) Dispute Resolution:  Arbitration, other ADR vs. Law Tribunals and Courts; Jurisdiction; Contractual Choices of Forum and Law; Enforcement of Awards and Judgments


The formal seminar will end with a panel discussion.


The evening networking reception will take place in the Offices of Mansfield Tanick & Cohen, P.A. (17th Floor, US Bank Plaza South), featuring Keynote speaker Arthur J. Rolnick’s speech, US, MN & China in Up or Down Economies: A Macro-Economist View. For more information and a detailed program agenda, please visit


To RSVP, please contact Carol Jarnig at Mansfield Tanick & Cohen at 612-339-4295 or sendan e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and contact information.    

Terms Of Use

Terms of Use All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without prior written permission of the publisher. For permission requests, contact [email protected] with subject line “Permission request.”


CHINAINSIGHT (CI) is published monthly ((except July/August and November/December are combined) by China Insight, Inc., an independent, privately owned company started in 2001 and headquartered in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.

CHINAINSIGHT is the only English-language American newspaper to focus exclusively on connections between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Our goal is to develop a mutual understanding of each other’s cultures and business environments and to foster U.S.-China cultural and business harmony.