October 12, 2015 - News about the firm

Mannheimer Swartling publishes second edition of little red book on Chinese business culture

Quotations from a China Practice is written by Thomas Lagerqvist and Ulf Ohrling, lawyers with many years of experience working with leading Nordic companies in the Chinese market. In their book, they share their knowledge about Chinese business culture and the art of doing business in China.

The idea for Quotations from a China Practice came from the authors’ insight that much of their work as advisers in China involved addressing gaps between Western and Chinese cultures. Over the years, they have seen countless examples of how a limited understanding of Chinese culture and the country’s business culture have led to missed business opportunities and strained business relationships. Their book describes the root of these differences and how to best handle them.

In addition to updating several sections of the first edition, which was released in 2011, this edition includes more information about the cultural differences that arise in business contexts, and how to understand and deal with them. There are also several new chapters, including topics such as corruption and corporate governance. The second edition was released at a seminar held in Hong Kong on 12 September in connection with SAS’ introduction of direct flights between Stockholm and Hong Kong, and Business Sweden’s opening of a new, expanded office in Hong Kong.

The book covers everything from fundamental Chinese concepts such as trust, hierarchy, reciprocity and harmony, to China’s views on its role in the world, corruption and corporate governance.

The book is not available in bookstores, but can be purchased directly from Mannheimer Swartling for SEK 250 incl. VAT. To order the book, please contact Susanna Johansson (susanna.johansson@msa.se).

About Mannheimer Swartling in China:

Mannheimer Swartling is the only Swedish law firm represented in China that has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The firm’s team in China currently comprises approximately 15 lawyers / legal consultants who provide advice to clients that are primarily from the Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway). The firm’s offices in China are mostly focused on matters relating to the Chinese legal and business environment, including foreign direct investment, start-ups and acquisitions, the restructuring of existing investments, regulatory compliance, dispute resolution, banking and finance.