About us

Your boutique law advisory in China

About us

Why us

We are an experienced and competent partner for Chinese and international IP and commercial law. Starke advises small and medium-sized enterprises, but also private individuals on corporate, commercial and labor law, as well as intellectual property rights.

We assist you to set up your company, to structure your company agreements, also with regard to tax components, develop, register and defense your trademarks and we are also finding solution of your labor disputes- our goal is to help you to be successful in China and to continue your story of success.


A China-focused advisory firm, Starke operates in Beijing (China) and manages an extensive affiliate network providing service throughout China.

Starke combines local expertise with international know-how. The Starke team consists of a multicultural mix of experienced consultants. Our team is multilingual with diverse backgrounds. This combination of experience allows our staff to offer valuable insight and expertise. Combining years of international expertise with practical China experience and knowledge, we offer expert advice and support to both local and international clients.

We are committed to providing individually legal, IP and investment solutions for each of our clients.

Starke provides professional services throughout China, through its own office and affiliated companies.

Meet the team

Daniel Albrecht

Daniel Albrecht is a German attorney at law and Managing Counsel of Starke. Besides Daniel works as a Guest Professor at the Global Campus of the Union of Western & Eastern Education (UWEE).

He is also external expert or the EU China IPR SME Helpdesk, Expert for the Belt and Road Talent Fund (The China International Talent Exchange Foundation), member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the ECTA and member of the MARQUES Cyberspace Team.

Daniel is former member of the board of the German Chamber of Commerce in North China and former Guest Professor for civil law at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing.

He published several articles about Chinese IPR and E-Commerce matters. 

He specializes in corporate law, commercial law as well as trademark law and labor law. He also assists his clients in drafting and negotiating complex contract documentations. Further on Daniel advises international businesses on the acquisition or sale of public and private companies. His clients comprise foreign and foreign-invested companies in different areas. Before joining Starke, Daniel practiced for a well known law firm in China and the oldest foreign law firm in Japan, where he represented mostly German speaking companies in the field of corporate and IP law. His first professional encounter with China was in 2004 as a law clerk. 

Chunmei Li

Chunmei Li is member of the board of Starke. She is a specialist in IP, customer services and the import of commercial products. Her clients comprise local and foreign invested companies in different areas.

Before joining Starke, Chunmei worked for a well known Japanese import and trading company in Germany, where she handled German, Japanese and Chinese clients and for a Chinese automotive company as assistant of the board. She is a native Chinese and studied econimics at the University of Niigata (Japan). Chunmei speaks Chinese, English, Japanese and German.

Lei Tao

Lei Tao works as Legal Assistant at Starke. She studied Law, Regional Studies of China and Asian Studies at the University of Cologne and the University of Bonn. She joined the team in August 2017.


2019/07/04 Download
Security in the network, a comparison between China, Europe and Germany

Daniel Albrecht,  (original titel: Sicherheit im Netz, ein Vergleich zwischen China, Europa und Deutschland), China Insight 2/2019,  Business magazine of the Sino-German Ecopark in Qingdao,  Page 40-43

2019/06/25 Link

Daniel Albrecht, Your IP Insider, blog of the China and ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesks, co-funded by the European Commission, June 24, 2019

2019/06/25 Link

Daniel Albrecht, Your IP Insider, blog of the China and ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesks, co-funded by the European Commission, June 24, 2019

2019/06/25 Link

Daniel Albrecht, Your IP Insider, blog of the China and ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesks, co-funded by the European Commission, June 24, 2019

2018/10/18 LinkDownload
China’s New E-Commerce Law

Daniel Albrecht, Computer Law Review International (CRi), 05/2018, P.163; publishing house Otto Schmidt 

2018/09/05 Download
Trademark protection at the European consumer goods industry

Daniel Albrecht, Frontiers of Intellectual Property 2018, Number. 4, Page 78-85, Beijing

2018/03/26 Link
Domain Name Registration and Protection in China

Daniel Albrecht, Your IP Insider, blog of the China and ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesks, co-funded by the European Commission, March 26, 2018

2018/01/31 LinkDownload
Chinese Cybersecurity Law Compared to EU-NIS- Directive and German IT-Security Act

Daniel Albrecht, Computer Law Review International (CRi), 01/2018, P.1; publishing house Otto Schmidt

2017/08/15 Link
China’s New Ecommerce Law

Daniel Albrecht, Your IP Insider, blog of the China and ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesks, co-funded by the European Commission, August 15, 2017

2017/05/31 LinkDownload
Legal Protection of Intellectual Property in China

Daniel Albrecht ,Legal Protection of Intellectual Property in China; Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft (RIW 2017), issue 05, inset, Page 1-12

2017/03/31 LinkDownload
E-Commerce in China

E-Commerce in China – Facts and Law Regulations, Daniel Albrecht; Kommunikation und Recht, 3/2017, insert 1/2017, dfv media group, Frankfurt am Main

2017/01/31 LinkDownload
China’s New Ecommerce Law- What this will mean for Consumers, Operators and Provider

Daniel Albrecht, German Ticker 1/2017, the magazine of the German Chamber of Commerce in China

2017/01/31 LinkDownload
Digital DOs and DON’Ts – China’s e-commerce market restrictions for foreign SMEs

Daniel Albrecht, EURObiz 1/2017, magazine of the European Chamber of Commerce in China

2016/01/31 LinkDownload
Trademark Disputes with Squatters - Register your Brand in China

Daniel Albrecht, German Ticker 1/2016, the magazine of the German Chamber of Commerce in China

2015/09/30 LinkDownload
Exhibit A, How to protect your IPR during exhibitions

Daniel Albrecht, EURObiz September/2015, magazine of the European Chamber of Commerce in China

2013/01/31 Download
Japanese employment contract law changed

Daniel Albrecht and Yochimichi Makiyama, (original title: Arbeitsvertragsrecht geändert), Japan Contact 01/2013

2010/01/31 Link
Hand in hand ahead

Daniel Albrecht and Christina Werum-Wang, (original title: Hand in Hand voran), China Contact 11/2010


2019/05/13 Link
Hörmann sues opponents for RMB 3 million in damages

Wei Yue, (orginal title: 称对方擅用“霍曼门业”等标识进行宣传推广,霍曼公司起诉索赔300万), China court news, May 7, 2019

2019/04/01 Link
Chinese New Investment Law and the impact for foreign companies

 Daniel Albrecht, News, Taiwan EBC 24h live, March 31, 2019

2019/03/11 Link
Experts are skeptical about law that must protect tech companies against technology transfer

Daniel Albrecht, (orginal title: Experts zijn sceptisch over wet die techbedrijven moet beschermen tegen Chinese afpersing), Trouw, Netherlands, March 8, 2019

2018/04/03 LinkDownload
2018 Langfang Forum für intelligente Automobile

Daniel Albrecht, (Orginaltitel: 中国(廊坊)智能汽车高峰论坛暨中德产业合作峰会举行), Hebei News, April 3, 2018

2017/08/10 Download
How Tyrolean companies protect themselves against brand misappropriation in China

Daniel Albrecht, (orginal title: So sichern sich Tiroler Betriebe gegen Markenklau in China ab), Tiroler Wirtschaft, August 10, 2017

2016/04/29 Link
China turns helpers into enemies

Daniel Albrecht in  Die Welt, (original title: China macht Helfer zu Feinden), Apirl 29, 2016

2016/04/28 Link
The new Chinese NGO Law

Daniel Albrecht, (original topic: Das neue Chinesische NGO Law), News, German Televison, April 28, 2016

2015/04/30 Link
Arms race of visa bureaucrats

Daniel Albrecht (original title: Wettrüsten der Visumbürokraten), Die Welt,  April 30, 2015. 

2008/05/26 Download
New labor law puts pressure on the employer

 Daniel Albrecht in DOWJONES NfA, (original title: Neues Arbeitsrecht belastet den Arbeitgeber), May 26, 2008

2008/04/18 Download
Borrowing becomes more difficult in China

Daniel Albrecht, in DOWJONES NfA, (original title: Kreditaufnahme wird schwieriger), April 18, 2008


2019/10/05 LinkDownload
Effective action against IPR infringers, IP law reform 2019, National Strategy 2020 (CNIPA Regulation)

Daniel Albrecht, Till Pfeifer (lawyer at Schneiders & Behrendt), China IP impulse, Schneiders & Behrendt, Bochum, September 27, 2019

2019/06/19 LinkDownload
Everything fake? Product piracy in eCommerce

Daniel Albrecht a.o.,  (Original titel: Alles Fake? Produktpiraterie im eCommerce ), eCOMMERCE DAY 2019, Austrian retail association, Vienna, June 12, 2019 

2019/04/19 LinkDownload
Career Opportunities for Foreigners in China

Daniel Albrecht, James LaLonnde (RTM Asia) and Yvonne Yu (Politech), UIBE International Career Fair Week,  UIBE’s International Alumni Association (IAA), Beijing, April 18, 2019

2019/01/22 LinkDownload
How to terminate an employee based on given wrongful information on the resume

Daniel Albrecht, Hsiao J. Chiu (Managing Partner of JP International Search Consultants) and Ying He (HR Manager, Dr. Schneider Automotive Parts), HR WORKSHOP: EFFECTIVE RECRUITING - SOURCING, ASSESSMENT TOOLS & BACKGROUND CHECKS, German Chamber of Commerce, Shenyang, January 17, 2019

2018/11/15 LinkDownload
Trademark Registration in the European Union

Daniel Albrecht, IPR Daily China, G 40 Asia-Pacific IPR Leaders Closed Door Sumit, Beijing, November 14, 2018

2018/11/09 LinkDownload
Trademark Registration in Austria and Germany

Daniel Albrecht a.o., Guangdong Intellectual Property Trade Expo 2018, Guangzhou, November 7, 2018 

2018/10/02 LinkDownload
Chinese E-Commerce Law

Daniel Albrecht, Elisabeth Köstinger (Austrian Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism), Handelsverband Vice President Frank Hensel, Gerhard Drexel (Spar), Markus Hengstschläger (MedUni Wien), Peter Michael Lingens, Peter Umundum (Austrian Post), Walter Trezek (CLS), Iris Thalbauer (WKO)a.o. ,Tag des Handels 2018, Handelsverband Austria, Wien, September 27, 2018 

2018/06/19 LinkDownload
Managing IT Risks: Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

Daniel Albrecht and Thorsten Achenbach (CIO/Vice President IT at BMW Brilliance), German Chamber of Commerce, Beijing, June 19, 2018 

2018/06/01 LinkDownload
Cybersecurity Law In China

Speaker: Anson Chen (EY), Vincent Guo (EY); Panelists: Daniel Albrecht (Starke), Samuel Yang (AnJie Law Firm), Marco Gasparroni (Exprivia Group); German Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, co-organized with BenCham, EU SME center, SwissCham, Italy Chamber of Commerce and France Chine (CCI), May 31, 2018

2018/03/30 LinkDownload
Breaking the clichés of development zones

Daniel Albrecht a.o. , EU Sino Round table discussion, co-organized with BenCham, EU SME center and ICI – Beijing B&R, Hilton Beijing,  March 30, 2018

2018/01/18 LinkDownload
E-Commerce from a Legal Perspective

Daniel Albrecht and Robbert Gorris (Sovereign group), German Chamber of Commerce, Beijing, January 18, 2018

2017/12/11 LinkDownload
German-Chinese-Business Dialogue

Daniel Albrecht, Marco Mezger,  Achim Siegmann, Dr. Michael Fausel, (Deutsch-Chinesischer-Business Dialog), Bluedex, Tower 185, Frankfurt am Main, December 11, 2017

2017/11/18 LinkDownload
Legal issues for foreign companies into the Chinese E-commerce market

Daniel Albrecht, IPR Daily China IP Summit 2017, Beijing, November 18, 2017

2017/10/26 LinkDownload
The Art of E-commerce, Your way into China

Daniel Albrecht, David Wang (KingNature), Yoav Sadan (Up2china) and Robbert Görris (Sovereign group), SwissCham and IsCham, Beijing, October 26, 2017

2017/09/11 Download
Trademark Law in China and Germany

Daniel Albrecht, China-German-Industriepark Shenyang, September 11, 2017

2017/06/23 Link
Trademarks and E-Commerce in China

Daniel Albrecht and Dr. Martin Glatz (WKO Beijing), (original title: Trademarks and E-Commerce in China), Exporttag Tirol 17, WKO Innsbruck, June 23, 2017

2017/05/03 LinkDownload
Compliance for European Companies in China

Daniel Albrecht, Marco Vitali (RM Architects) and Gianluca Ghiara( Geapower), EU SME Working Group, GM Roundtable, European Chamber of Commerce, Beijing, May 3, 2017

2017/04/05 Link
Barriers to Entry the Chinese E-Commerce Market

Daniel Albrecht, webinar, EU China SME Center, Webinar, April 5, 2017

2017/03/29 Link
How to Protect your IPR at Chinese E-Commerce Market

 Daniel Albrecht, Webinar, March 29, 2017, China IPR Help Desk

2016/09/21 LinkDownload
Essentials in Chinese Employment Law for Managers

Daniel Albrecht and Kai Mussmann (Draexlmaier Automotive), Germany Chamber of Commerce Shenyang, Draxlmaier (Benxi) Automotive Electrics, Xiaoshi, September 21, 2016

Trademarks and Trade Secrets in China

Daniel Albrecht and Nina Trentmann (Wall Street Journal), (original title: Warenzeichen und Geschäftsgeheimnisse in China), London School of Economics, KAS Foundation, June 18, 2016

2016/04/15 LinkDownload
Trademark Law in China

Daniel Albrecht a.o., Managing Industrial Property Rights Globally, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, İstanbul Ticaret Odası Merkez Bina, Reşadiye Cad, April 15, 2016

2015/08/27 LinkDownload
NGOs meet Businesses

Daniel Albrecht, Marc-Philipp Häg (WEMPE), Yuwei Kan (Air Liquide Holding ), Lingzi Liu (Citi Bank ) and Clotilde Pallier (Netspring), European Chamber of Commerce China, CSR Forum, August 27, 2015 

2015/04/09 LinkDownload
Optimizing Your Company’s Internal Control

Daniel Albrecht and Dr. Michael Bormann (bdp group), German Chamber of Commerce Tianjin, Westin Hotel, April 9, 2015

International Arbitration

Daniel Albrecht, (original title: Internationale Schiedssprüche), Renmin University Beijing, October 24, 2014

Legal issues for China-experienced

Daniel Albrecht, (original title: Rechtsfragen für China-Erfahrene), Austrian Chamber of Commerce in China (WKO), Beijing, October 21, 2014