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Sharing knowledge and expertise with developing future leaders

(April 1st, 2014)

By ECOVIS Beijing

On Friday, 28 March 2014, Manuela Reintgen represented Ecovis Beijing in a panel discussion on the topic: Doing Business in China. With keen interest and curious minds, the group of 75 Mexican MBA students from IPADE Business School flooded into the Peace Ballroom conference room at Novotel Peace Hotel. Even though it was the last of a long morning of sessions, the group brought both energy and interest whilst the panel gave them insight to the Chinese market.

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The panel consisted of three experienced China experts, Mr. Sam Goodman – the co-founder of Attract China and author of East Eats West: The Street-Smarts Guide, Mr. Alvaro Cardenas – Co-founder of Dream Energies & Game producer at Happylate, and Ms Manuela Reintgen, our current Business Development Manager. After a few short words from the organizers, the International Study Programs, the session kicked off with Manuela’s brief introduction to her extensive China experience. Having started here with an internship and then staying & progressing with her professional life in both Shanghai and Beijing, she is well versed in the taxation and legal regulations of foreign businesses in China. This rang clear in her advice to the Mexican students when asked about the workings of Chinese business.

Her familiarity didn’t just stop at her legal expertise, but also through the cultural differences and business customs. Drawing from her own experience of dealing with “guanxi” and hierarchy, she engaged the students with useful advice for getting things done in China. It isn’t an immediate result, but a long relationship that must be built and created. Though difficult to obtain, but once received, it is often highly beneficial.

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Though ultimately each expert’s opinion came from three very different perspectives, an underlining understanding of China was quite prominent: China was a high context culture with an emphasis on relationships and respect. China, unlike smaller countries, is incredibly large and you’d be amazed daily, as you’d experience something you haven’t before. By the end of the day, everyone walked away with a better insight into the Chinese world, understanding that it isn’t another planet, but an extremely big playground of opportunities.

Ecovis Beijing is the trusted tax and legal advisor of several embassies and official institutions in China. It specializes in mid-sized international companies and focused on tax & legal advisory, accounting and auditing. Moreover, Ecovis was awarded the No. 1 auditing firm for mid-sized companies in Germany in 2013.If you’re interested in finding out more about tax and legal, don’t hesitate to sign up to our newsletter or give us a call +86 10-65616609 (ext 811/806) or contact us directly via Beijing@ecovis.com
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