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Forms of Business Structure Guide


In China there is a number of principal forms of business open to foreign companies. These include the following:

  • Equity Joint Ventures
  • Cooperative Joint Ventures
  • Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprises (WFOE)
  • Company Limited by Shares with Foreign Investment (CLSFI)
  • Branches of Foreign Enterprises
  • Representative Offices

China’s Company Law mainly has two types of business entities:

  • Limited liability companies.
  • Limited by Shares companies