Business bread-and-butter case between American company and Chinese company

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

It was one of those bread-and-butter cases that come across the desks of Business law firms that steered Becker & Poliakoff toward China. In 1992, a Chinese construction company appeared at the Fort Lauderdale offices of the law firm looking for an attorney to handle a lawsuit. That initial contact set the stage for a thriving China practice.

"It was really after that case that the management began to have the vision - the Chinese are coming," said Philip Guo, who started working at Becker & Poliakoff in 1993 as a paralegal and later earned his law degree from Nova Southeastern University.

That same year the firm was one of nine U.S. law firms authorized by the Beijing government to open an office in Guangzhou, adjacent to Hong Kong. Since Chinese law is civil law dictated by a legal code written during the 1644-1911 Qing Dynasty - as opposed to America's common law system - Becker & Poliakoff found two firms to handle legal matters in China against China law firm.