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Shenzhen SCIA on 1 November 2018

Our Managing Partner Dr. Paul Thaler will be speaking as arbitration expert at the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) today. He is invited to give a lecture on the topic “Choosing an Appropriate Dispute Resolution Method”. The event, which is organized by the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI) and the SCIA, deals with the overall topic “One Belt One Road and Offshore Arbitration – Opportunities and Challenges for Chinese Companies”. 

69th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China

On 28 September 2018, on the occasion of the 69th National Day of the People's Republic of China, the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Zurich and for the Principality of Liechtenstein hosted a reception in Zurich. It is a great honour that our Managing Partner Dr. Paul Thaler was personally invited to this important event to celebrate the foundation of the People's Republic of China.

1st Chinese Market Fair

The Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) held the 1st Chinese Market Fair on October 27, 2017 in Rüschlikon, Switzerland. Our managing partner Dr. Paul Thaler moderated the panel discussion on the topic “Doing Business in China” and our Legal Consultant Ms Fanyang Chen participated in the discussion as a panelist. A packed audience followed the discussion on the legal questions of business between Switzerland and China with great interest.

Dialogue on International Arbitration among OBOR countries, co-hosted by CCIC, CIETAC and ICC-China

The so called “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) development strategy, proposed by China, is focused on connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries. 

This event is going to be held on September 16, 2017 in Xinyuan Hotel, Beijing, with the objective to enhance the arbitration services among the almost 65 member states of this ambitious project and facilitate the international trade and finance. Participants include leaders of the Supreme People's Court of the PRC, of ICC International Court of Arbitration and of the international arbitration community. 

As one of the invited speakers, Dr. Paul Thaler will join the first session of the Dialogue. This session is about the choice of the methods, rules and institutions in connection with dispute resolution under OBOR.

BAC Zurich Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China

In June 2017 the Beijing Arbitration Commission/Beijing International Arbitration Center (BAC/BIAC) hold his 5. Summit in three different locations. This year’s prestigious annual event brought several experts together to present and discuss reports on the developments in a wide range of fields of commercial dispute resolution in China. 

Dr. Paul Thaler was invited to participate in the seminar, hold in Zurich and co-organized by ASA - Swiss Arbitration Association. He took an active role as commentator in the session entitled: Law Practice on Finance and Investment  for Construction Projects in China, and gave a thought-provoking presentation on the topic: Trends in Construction Market in the PRC: PPP Practice on Infrastructure Development. 

The overall Summits had proven to be a great success, attracting more than 300 participants from numerous countries in the three events.

Swiss Cham Night 2014

On 5 December, 2014, Andreas Lehmann, Zhang Ningling and Wang Renzhi from our Beijing office attended the Swiss Cham Night 2014 as Wenfei Law’s delegation. It was a pleasant event to meet business partners and friends in an informal setting and to celebrate the end of the year.

Outing Zurich Team 2014

Enjoy the cycling pictures from the annual outing of the Zurich office.

Seminar: Doing Business in China - Legal Challenges for Swiss companies

Lukas Züst will hold a presentation at the seminar "Speed​​, Action: Results! Doing Business in China," of the Lorange Institute of Business Zurich on December 5, 2013 with the topic "Doing Business in China - Legal Challenges for Swiss Companies" hold. More information and registration under:

Wenfei's Breakfast Seminar

Wenfei's Breakfast Seminar took place at the Marriott in Zurich on 14 November 2013. The numerous interested participants attended the informative presentation held by Lukas Zuest with the topic "Contracts in China – the way to successful business" and actively participated in the following Q&A round. We thank Switzerland Global Enterprise and the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce for their kind support.

Dr. Thaler had the honor to hold a presentation to the Board of Directors of Georg Fischer AG in Beijing on September 9, 2013.
Outing Zurich Team 2013

The annual office outing of Anne, Lukas and Paul of the Wenfei-Zurich team took place on July 19, 2013. This year again, we discovered our athletic side and decided to go rafting on the Inn in the beautiful Lower Engadine (Graubünden). In order to have more strength for the tough ride, we first had to fill our hungry stomachs with some traditional Swiss foods. Adhering to the motto “back to nature, back to the roots”, we made a fire and enjoyed "Cervelat and Snake Bread". After getting strength, we could finally begin the adventure “Rafting on the Inn”. The river held in the stunning Giarsun-canyon some heavy white water rapids for us - but no one of us ended up in the cold river and thus we had a lot of fun and herewith thank the team of "Engadin Adventure" for a great and safe trip on the water. 





Swiss China Business Dinner

Holcim Chairman, Dr. Rolf Soiron, invited the Hubei Party Secretary, Mr. Li Hongzhong, and many important stakeholders in the Sino-Swiss Business Community to an official dinner for the launch of the Hubei-EU Marketing Centre in Switzerland. At this event, our Dr. Paul Thaler had the opportunity to discuss Sino-Swiss business relations with the CEOs of leading multinational companies based in Switzerland. Furthermore, Dr. Etter, the head of the Swiss delegation negotiating the Free Trade Agreement with China, explained the present status of the negotiations with China to Wenfei.

Outing Zurich Team

See below the photos of the of our Zurich team’s annual outing. It was a rather sporty trip which took our colleagues from Switzerland to Austria and Germany.

Law and China/The new Five-Year Plan

Dr. Paul Thaler was invited by the Rotarians Zug, an organisation of influential businessmen, to give a lecture on law and the Five-Year Plan in China.

Place: Zug

Date: 26. August 2011

Event on Competition law/IP-&IT-Law

Dr. Paul Thaler, Partner of Wenfei Law, will give a speech about Competition law/IP-&IT-Law in Asia at the invitation of Network Risk Management.

Place: HWZ - Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zürich, Room FH 606, 6th Floor. 
Date: 7. April 2011 / 17:00 - 20:00

Seminar of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Paul Thaler, Partner of Wenfei Law, is invited to participate in the seminar of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce in February 2011 in Zurich. Experts will talk about challenges of the Chinese labour market from legal and psychological aspects. Dr. Thaler will give a speech about “Legal Framework of Labour Law and Social Insurance-Recent Developments in China”.

The purpose of the seminar is to explain the common employment, social insurance and tax practice in China and some obvious differences of cultural behavior will also be highlighted and demonstrated in role plays.

Place: Widder Hotel Zurich, Rennweg 7, 8001 Zurich

Date: Tuesday, 8 February, 14:30-18:30

Event of WBCB

Dr. Paul Thaler, Partner of Wenfei Law, will give a speech with the topic «Temptation China Which legal aspects are to be kept aware by Swiss companies » at the invitation of WBCB's event (Wirtschaftsberatungs-Cluster Bern-Espace Mittelland).

The purpose of the event is to go into the challenges and opportunities which are existing in the context of «Doing Business in China». Dr. Thaler is a corporate lawyer with experience in China for many years. From this perspective, he will give the participants an insight into his actual experiences and tips for a successful "Doing Business in China".

Place: Allresto Bern, Saal B, Effingerstrasse 20, 3008 Bern

Date: Wednesday, 2. June 2010, 17:30

Seminar of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property in Bern

Dr. Paul Thaler, Partner of Wenfei Law, is invited to participate in a seminar of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property in January in Bern. In this seminar, Dr. Thaler will give a speech about dealing with innovations in China. Due purpose of the seminar is to explain of the Chinese Patent Law. The Chinese Patent Law will also be a bridge on this seminar for discussions about the differences between Swiss and European Patent Law and the patenting procedures and its impact on China. The rapidly growing innovation sector for patent protection in Europe is another issue which will be discussed.

Place: Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Stauffacherstrasse 65/69g, Bern

Date: January 22, 2010

Time: 08:45-17:30

University St. Gallen: Emerge-Conference 2009

Jing Grisiger will participate in Emerge-Conference of University St. Gallen in November 09 and hold a workshop about “China Property Law”.

The new property law in the PRC came into effect in 2007. For the first time in the history of the PRC, this law provides for basic ownership rights in real and personal property.  We will look at the political and economical background; survey the development of the legal system in China over the last three decades and the characteristics of China's contemporary law. The structure of Chinese property law, what kinds of property it covers and what legal remedies it provides will be introduced.

Time: Friday, November 20, 2009, Workshop in the afternoon

Place: University St. Gallen, Switzerland

Speaker: Jing Grisiger

We welcome our new colleague, Jing Grisiger, who graduated in Chinese language and literature at East China Normal University in Shanghai. After working as a lecturer at Hunan TV University, she moved to Hainan and worked as Manager in Haikou Hualong Ltd. In 1993 she came to Switzerland to study German and English at the University of Zurich. She continued with studying law and received a master's degree. In Switzerland, she worked as consulate employee at the Thai General Consulate in Zürich, as court interpreter at Higher Court of Zurich and as teacher in the high School.

Speech “Restructuring in China” at a “Breakfast Seminar” of SwissCham Beijing and the Italian Chamber of Commerce

Wenfei Law’s Christoph Koeppel held a speech about restructuring in China on February 12th, 2009. In order to maximize their profitability, enterprises are in a constant need of reorganization. Larger reorganization may lead to adjustments in the legal structure of a company, a restructure. In this context, the speech mentioned possible restructuring options for enterprises in China, named advantages of such options and covered e.g. the approval and registration process for possible restructuring options. A special focus was set on “offshore set-ups”, especially involving a Hong Kong parent company for a Chinese Foreign Invested Enterprise.

Vortrag in Zürich über Recht und Kultur in der VR China

Im Anschluss an den statutarischen Teil der Generalversammlung wird Herr Rechtsanwalt Dr. Paul Thaler, Partner von Wenfei, auf Einladung der Schweizerisch-Chinesischer Gesellschaft einen Vortrag zum Thema «Recht und Kultur in der VR China: Persönliche Erfahrungen zur Rechtsentwicklung in der VR China» halten.

Ort: Zunfthaus zum Rüden, Limmatquai 42, 8001 Zürich (Tram vom HB zur Haltestelle Rathaus oder Helmhaus)

Datum: Samstag, 24. Mai 2008

Zeit: 10.15 Uhr - ca. 12.15 Uhr

August Event of the Beijing Office

In order to welcome our new colleagues: Salome Peters, Lukas Zuest and Christoph Koeppel, celebrate Wang Yi's return and also Linna Du's visit in Bejing, as you may tell from the pictures below, the Wenfei Team enjoyed a delicious dinner in Beijing on August 3rd, 2007.

Please be assured that the dinner will not be invoiced to clients, or maybe to all equally...

July Event of the Zurich Office

Our Zurich Office had an excursion to the Jazz Festical in Montreux on July 13th and 14th, 2007.

Our lawyers and secretaries enjoy not only law cases, but also sunshine, lake water and music. To shape up for our clients is our obligation!

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