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China Matters: China Tightens Administration of Permanent Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises

January 20, 2010

By Paul Hastings Professional

On January 4, 2010, the State Administration of Industry & Commerce (SAIC) and the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) jointly issued the Notice Regarding Further Strengthening the Registration and Administration of Permanent Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises (the Notice). The Notice refers to the Administrative Measures on Registration of Permanent Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises (the Measures), but imposes stricter requirements with respect to granting registration certificates and approving amendments for the permanent representative offices of foreign enterprises (Representative Offices), as well as imposing enhanced supervision and administration on the business activities of the Representative Offices. Although unclear, it appears the Notice is effective immediately.