“In China, it is frowned upon to speak positively about oneself,” says Christoph Schmitt. So he tells what others say about him: He is said to be an unusual business lawyer. That’s because he’s not only interested in legal paragraphs, he’s also a good listener and finds solutions. All these qualities are important when he drafts joint venture agreements between German and Chinese companies, for example. “After Xi Jinping’s monetary policy made foreign investments more difficult, numerous cooperations have taken their place, which have to be negotiated. In addition to regulating two-way German-Chinese trading, this is my daily doing,” says the 58-year-old.
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