Richard Hoffmann

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Richard Hoffmann is Consultant, Lawyer and Partner ECOVIS Beijing. He obtained an honor's degree in law in Germany and worked for various prestigious law firms in Germany, America, and China. Richard has published more than fifty articles in international magazines, frequently speaks at high profile events in China and abroad and is often invited as a legal expert by international TV and radio stations such as CCTV or Reuters.

Third Market Cooperation along the New Silk Road: Contract Law

The "One Belt, One Road" initiative, also known as the "New Silk Road", is a project to expand infrastructure and international trade routes under China's leadership, initiated in 2013 by China's President Xi Jinping. The dimensions of this ambiti...

Ecovis Beijing wishes you a happy Easter!

We wish our customers and partners a happy Easter. Our Heidelberg office will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday (April 19th and 22nd), the offices in Beijing and Tianjin will be available for you as usual.

Austrian Chancellor visits China: Richard Hoffmann talks about contract law

On the occasion of the visit of the Austrian Economic Mission with Austrian Chancellor Kurz to Beijing, Richard Hoffmann speaks at a workshop on the legal aspects of third market cooperation on contract law. China's "Belt and Road Initiative" streng...

Labour Law FAQ – employment contract terminations

  Labour law is a broad matter with which almost everyone comes into contact with at some point. The Chinese Labour Laws are quite comprehensive and not that different from those in Europe and can be seen as quite employee friendly. As labour law ...
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Ultimate VAT guide for selling through online marketplace in Germany – Part 1

Germany's liability regulations for online marketplaces In the past years, thousands of vendors that are selling on marketplaces like Amazon or eBay, many of which are from China are not paying their VAT on the sale of in EU. The EU estimates that...

Takeaways from China’s “Two sessions” in Beijing

A new Foreign Investment Law and VAT rate reductions are among the legal changes announced at this year's meeting Every year about this time the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference meet to make...

Tax Implications of a No-Deal Brexit

Brexit and its implications of a No-Deal Brexit have been on our minds since the UK voted leave in 2016. On March 12th of 2019, the British Parliament rejected once again the agreement prime minister Theresa May had negotiated with the EU. As the sch...

China: banned from traveling because social rating is too bad

Start of the enforcement of the "Social Credit System" The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently announced 169 names of people who will be banned from purchasing train or flight tickets for the upcoming year. According to statem...

DCW Yearbook: Human Resources Management in China

How international companies can succeed in the Chinese labor market China frequently presents Western companies with challenges in HR management and recruiting. Although it is the most populous country in the world, many companies complain about dif...

Draft Foreign Investment Law: China promises security to investors and businesses

Surprisingly prompt draft of the first Chinese law on foreign investment A draft of China's new and first foreign investment law has recently been published and is available for public inspection and comment. According to analysts, critics and th...