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China has been a major focus of Foster Garvey’s International practice since its early days. In 1979, Stan Barer, one of our firm’s legacy founders, assisted in the negotiations to resume shipping relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China following a 30-year hiatus. Garvey Schubert Barer, now known as Foster Garvey, became the first U.S. law firm to represent a Chinese state owned enterprise doing business in the United States when it was engaged to assist China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (“COSCO”) in establishing its business in the United States. Foster Garvey's representation of COSCO continues to this day. As China’s role in the global economy has expanded significantly, our firm has continued its tradition of providing cutting edge legal services on issues affecting commerce between the United States and China.

In 2004, Foster Garvey opened an office in Beijing to assist international clients seeking to do business in China. Our attorneys regularly advise clients on the shifting business and regulatory terrain in China. We also provide a range of legal services to assist Chinese clients seeking to do business or invest in the United States. Our focus is on providing strategic counseling on all aspects of U.S. business and investment, in addition to simply executing transactions. This holistic approach includes helping clients resolve the immigration, tax, and litigation issues associated with their U.S. operations, and to navigate the cultural differences between the Chinese and U.S. business environments. We also handle a diverse array of regulatory issues affecting foreign businesses in the United States by drawing on our wealth of experience practicing before U.S. regulatory agencies.

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