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Practical legal advice tailored to international businesses in China

Expat Legal specializes in advising foreign-owned companies based in Shanghai. Our firm is regularly consulted by clients from around the world on a wide range of WFOE-related issues. Whether you are in the midst of a legal crisis or just looking to tighten-up your IP protection, our team of top Chinese lawyers are here to help.

WFOE Legal Counsel


Having China-based, English speaking legal counsel on retainer is the best way for a WFOE, RO or JV to avoid costly pitfalls. The greatest asset a China start-up can have is a dependable, honest source of legal and business advice. Flora Huang and her team of experts provide you with the direction and confidence you need to succeed in China's harsh business and regulatory environment. Having an efficient, well-oiled back office benefits every facet of your business.


China General Counsel from the Expat Legal team not only helps achieve a healthy bottom line but also gives you the tools you need to keep your clients and employees happy. Both our services, China Virtual General Counsel and Counsel on-demand, are finely tailored to your organization and stage of growth. That means you get custom, detailed advice based on the facts on the ground to help you achieve your business plan. By having the Expat Legal team on retainer, we are always there to help.


Our China general counsel clients are given unmatched access to legal assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round. Nobody else even comes close to our level of service. Ask us about our reasonable hourly rates.


Virtual General Counsel

Our Virtual General Counsel service is perfect for those companies not yet ready to hire in-house counsel as part of the executive team but fed up with the high cost of external counsel. It's just like having a lawyer in-house, but at a significantly reduced cost. All this value can be had starting at 72,000 CNY per year paid bi-annually in equal installments.

Counsel on-demand

This option is perfect for organizations whose in-house counsel is overworked or those who just need help with the occasional project or contract. With Counsel on-demand, help is always a click or call away. Fast, convenient and highly affordable, this option is great practically any sized firm. Access to top quality, responsive legal advice, anytime, anywhere, starting at 56,000 CNY per year paid bi-annually in equal installments.

Expat Legal's experienced team of Chinese lawyers help create real outcomes in a wide range of matters, including:

General Business Law

  • Drafting Custom Legal Documents

  • Negotiations with Chinese business partners

  • Litigation and Arbitration

  • Resolving Disputes

  • Reviewing and Modifying Contracts

  • Corporate Governance, Compliance and Regulatory

  • Major Transactions

  • Intellectual Property Protection (Trademark, Copyright, Patent)

  • Labor Relations (Labor contracts, HR training)

  • Entity Formation

  • Mergers & Acquisition

  • Due Diligence

  • Crisis Management

  • Managing External Counsel

  • Special Projects

Specialty Areas


  • General Contracts and other Commercial Documents

  • Shareholder and Partnership Agreements

  • Due Diligence

  • Purchase and Sale of Business



  • Commercial and Civil Litigation/Arbitration

  • Business Dispute Resolution

  • Sending a Lawyer's Letter

  • Mediation

  • Negotiation


Expat Group Leader, Partner

Flora and her team are here to help and would be pleased to answer any questions you may have. For urgent matters in particular, email is the most expeditious means of communication.

Flora Huang

Email Flora for quick, free answers at

Alternatively, you can call her directly on +86.181.2115.5305

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