Introduction to our Firm
TCCLegal offers its clients legal, accounting, tax and business services throughout Canada, Hong Kong and China. We specialize in offering combined legal, finance and business service packages to small and medium sized Canadian businesses entering or operating in China. We also provide legal and accounting services in Canada for China-based clients.
Professional and highly-trained lawyers and finance experts leading teams of local specialists
TCCLegal combines international experience with local knowledge to implement creative, practical and cost-effective solutions for our clients. Our leading partners are experienced international lawyers who have practiced in various disciplines at top-tier multinational law, accounting and business consultancy who recruit and manage teams of highly skilled and locally qualified experts who are fluent in multiple languages and have in-depth knowledge of laws, political systems and business customs in Hong Kong, Canada and China.
Our Clients and Areas of Focus
The majority of our clients operate in sectors that focus on bringing technologies or high-quality products or sports and entertainment to China’s rapidly expanding consumer market. Our areas of focus are providing clients in China with a full range of legal, accounting, tax and business services, establishing tax-efficient corporate structures in Hong Kong, Singapore, Caymans and Guernsey, sports and entertainment, intellectual property theft protection and litigation and international contracts and disputes.
Combined legal, accounting, tax and business service packages
The majority of our clients find it practical and cost-effective to hire one firm to provide multiple services. As a result, we provide accounting, tax and business consulting services in Canada, Hong Kong, China and Offshore to compliment the services that are provided by our lawyers so that our clients do not need to hire and coordinate with multiple firms across various countries.
Lawyers and CFOs leading teams of local specialists in Hong Kong, China and Canada
Combined legal, accounting, finance and business service packages
Establishment of Tax Efficient Corporate Structures
Cayman Islands and Guernsey
Our partners specialize in providing company formation and management services to Chinese private equity and venture capital funds in Cayman Islands and Guernsey. We also assist private clients with wealth management, succession planning and establishing family trusts. Since many of our private clients have assets, family members and beneficiaries spread across different countries, our partners have developed an expertise in the legal, tax and compliance issues that arise when the laws of several jurisdictions apply. We also assist with applications to open bank accounts by making introductions to banks and providing associated notarization and translation services when required.
Hong Kong and Singapore
We also focus on establishing legal structures for our international clients in China through holding companies in Hong Kong or Singapore. This is a tax efficient corporate structure that allows our clients to create a corporate headquarters in Asia that manages and operates operational businesses first in China and then in other countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and also in Hong Kong and Singapore. With regards to operating a business in Asia, the legal and banking systems in Hong Kong and Singapore are often ranked as top countries to do business in world-wide. Hong Kong or Singapore entities have proven to be valuable assets for many of our clients.
Sports & Entertainment Law
Sports: In October 2014, the Chinese government released a policy document that outlined China’s plan to create the biggest sports industry in the world, with the target of five trillion RMB in annual revenue by 2025. Seeing an opportunity to engage and ultimately monetize on an enormous new consumer base, North American and European sports leagues and businesses, large and small, are investing into China. These are wide-ranging strategies covering sponsorships, staging events and selling merchandise, developing fitness apps and products, creating and operating youth sports leagues, selling products and services required for major sporting events, recruiting Chinese athletes for overseas sports and education camps and entering into strategic partnerships designed to develop sports from the bottom up.
Entertainment: At the same time, China is becoming the largest movie market in the world with theatre chains in China building as many as 25 movie screens a day. Online entertainment, such as esports which is now recognized as a professional job title in China, is also growing at an unprecedented pace, with Chinese consumers spending more than 4.7 hours per day on entertainment apps. Many international film producers and live entertainment companies have concluded that the time is right to enter into Chinese business markets as well; for example, Cirque du Soleil opened its first permanent show in a state-of-the art theatre in Hangzhou, China in 2018.
We have assisted both domestic and international clients in recent years with with their business expansion plans in China. Maybe of these clients have expanded their businesses elsewhere in Asia as well after experiencing success in China.
Our partners are well versed with providing intellectual property, corporate/commercial, corporate finance and dispute resolution related services for clients operating in sports, media and entertainment sectors. We commonly represent film, record label and audio-visual production businesses, live entertainment companies, gaming and information technology corporations, fitness, well-being and entertainment app developers, consulting, stage design, ticketing, sponsorship and merchandising companies that are providing services to sports and entertainment companies, youth and professional sports leagues, clubs, teams, organizations and high-profile individuals throughout Hong Kong, China, Japan and Singapore. Laws and regulations in these countries are constantly changing and having experience in and a specific focus on this business sector allows our partners to provide the timely and professional advice our clients require. Some of our partners are former athletes and others have been directly involved with developing entertainment companies, so we are passionate about these industries and strive to ensure that we provide the highest level of services for our clients.
Our intellectual property experts assist our clients with identifying their intellectual property rights and help adopt and activate strategies to prevent intellectual property theft.
Our patent and trademark lawyers register franchising and intellectual property licensing agreements, copyrights, trademarks and patents on a weekly basis and provide expert opinions at the outset and during the registration process.
Since intellectual property theft is common in China, we advise our clients to enter into clearly written English and Chinese contracts with business partners, customers, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors in China. We commonly recommend our clients to enter into non-disclosure or memorandum of understanding agreements containing non-use, non-compete, non-solicit and non-circumvent clauses during the beginning stages of developing business relationships in China and to enter into more detailed contracts prior to moving forward with conducting business containing similar clauses as well as specific and detailed punishments for breaching such provisions.
Despite negative media with regards to the enforcement of China’s intellectual property laws, we have successfully defended numerous clients in lawsuits against Chinese companies who have registered the intellectual property of our international clients in China. We have also cancelled numerous intellectual property registrations made in bad faith and received court orders to destroy counterfeit products and provide compensation for illegal gain.
Manufacturing for Export
Manufacturing for export has fueled China’s growth, and due to higher disposable income levels in China, the country is expected to become the world’s largest importer in upcoming years and the future. Through imports, China can effectively adjust its economic structure from one oriented primarily towards export to one driven by domestic consumption. Our legal experts assist Canadian companies with exporting products that are in high demand by China’s ever rapidly expanding consumer market, such as food and agriculture products, products and services that improve the environment and technologies that contributing to China’s rapid internationalization. This often involves legal research regarding licensing and labelling requirements, applications for licenses and permits, implementing intellectual property protection mechanisms such as trademark and patent registrations and drafting dual language purchase and sale agreements. In addition, we offer a full range of litigation and dispute resolution services for Canadian clients who have faced difficulties with business partners, distributors and buyers in China.
China is an important jurisdiction for many businesses engaging in international trade. Manufacturing exports have played a large role in helping China emerge as the second largest world economy. Our lawyers assist clients with negotiating and entering into commercial contracts (English and Chinese) with manufacturers and suppliers, applications for permits and licenses to export and establishment of operational entities in Hong Kong and China and our finance team assists with applications for export and other tax rebates and incentives. Our legal team also assists with litigation and dispute resolution with manufacturers and suppliers. In addition, if our clients require assistance with locating manufacturers or suppliers, we have relationships with factories, trading companeis and and quality control inspectors who we can introduce to our clients.
Notarization Services for Individuals
We complete notarizations for property purchases and sales in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Thailand and provide a full range of services regarding the purchase and sale of properties in Canada.
Services for Canadian Individuals and Families Living in China
- Foreign Work permits applications
- PRC Permanent residence cards applications
- Fingerprinting services
- Notarizations for child travel consent forms
- Family Law (divorce, separation, division of assets, child custody and visitation rights)
- Drafting Wills
- Divorce for Canadian citizens living in China
- Employment disputes (analysis of employment contracts to determine your legal rights, settlements, negotiations with employers
- Review of commercial and other contracts
Services for Chinese Individuals Living or Doing Business in Canada
- Property purchases in Canada and Thailand
- Establishing small business in Canada
- Legal research and introductions to our lawyers when you visit Canada
- We help individuals, families and business owners with succession and personal tax and wealth planning, often using wills, lasting powers of attorney, trusts, offshore companies and foundations to protect wealth for the future
Services for Individuals and Families Living or Doing Business in Asia
- Services for individuals in Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Southeast Asia such as real estate, family law and inheritance
- Assistance with property purchasing and all legal aspects with the purchase and sale of property
- Work and residence permit applications
- Human resources services designed to help small businesses solve their recruitment challenges in ASEAN
- Tax structuring and bank account opening
- Family law (marriage, adoption, divorce, wills, Inheritance, etc.)
Company Establishment and Creation of Family Trusts for Entrepreneurs and International Families
We provide wealth management services, succession planning and establish family trusts for Canadian and Chinese clients in jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands and Guernsey.
The Canadian estate markets are rich with opportunity. Perhaps you are a Chinese buyer looking to purchase an investment property in Canada or you may simply wish to purchase a property for your children who are moving to Canada for school. Regardless of why you would like to take advantage of the Canadian real estate market, Chinese buyers often face a host of obstacles during the processing of purchasing Canadian properties. Without local expertise the task of locating and acquiring quality property can be extremely challenging.
Our property group consists of Canadian and Chinese lawyers, finance and property experts who offer a one stop, turn-key service to assist Chinese buyers with purchasing properties in Canada. Our dedicated team provides a client focused experience focusing on each individual’s particular needs and desires. Our rich expertise makes the process of purchasing a property in Canada extremely simple and seamless for you as a purchaser.
We will work with you to find the exact property that fits your needs. Our local experts have relationships with building developers and are aware of the many projects and properties for sale in Canada. This local knowledge can be the difference between a successful investment and a poor investment. Our local experts will assist in negotiating the best price available for your property. Our local experts also have access to investments that are not available to others. These properties are not listed on various online portals. They come at reduced prices as a result of close relationships between our company and the developer of these properties.
We will help you navigate through the laws associated with your property closing, help you reduce your taxes and assist with all legal aspects of your purchase or sale.
Our Canadian lawyers in China prepare property closing documents and a full range of notary services associated with property closing transactions in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and other countries. This allows a purchaser in China to complete their transactions without traveling to Canada or overseas to sign and notarize documents. In circumstances where buyers have friends or family members in Canada, China-based buyers are able to meet with us in China and provide a notarized power of attorney form to delegate a representative to handle property closing procedures on their behalf.
If you require any other services, we can help source mortgages, insurance and tenants for your property. We provide a customized one stop service that meets every one of your needs. This is the difference between our company and using an online portal to purchase a property without proper guidance.
We complete notarizations for property purchases and sales in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and other countries and offshore jurisdictions.
Not only is our fee structure competitive, whether our clients are individuals, small to medium-sized enterprises or larger corporates, we provide our services in personal manner. We take time to listen to our clients in order to fully understand their goals which enables us to be more proactive and creative in helping them achieve their business objectives.
TCCLegal consists of a core number of small to medium-sized law, accounting and business consulting firms with offices in a number of key locations in Asia. The structure and continued growth of our network enables our group to provide a wide range of legal and consulting services, while maintaining efficiency by staying relatively small and manageable in size.
Due to lower overhead expenses our lawyers, finance and business experts, many of which were trained in both North America or Europe and in Asia, are able to offer our services at a lower cost than the professionals with similar backgrounds who work at traditional multinational law firms and other large