My niche software developing startup needs specialist developers. I have located an individual in China with proven experience in my field. How can I best go about working with him?
I can't employ him locally (in UK) due to relocation and visa issues. I also don't want to require him to relocate with associated upheaval, risk and expense. Could I somehow make him an employee in China? Would I need to set up a Chinese subsidiary to do this? Alternatively, can I make use of his skills as an independent contractor? He seems quite business-savvy.
Whatever the legal setup, I'd like to remunerate him part cash and part company stock or stock options. I have personal experience of working in the UK for a US client in multiple ways but China seems more difficult.
I need everything to be above board in terms of Chinese law-I don't want to get him into trouble and I want to avoid any future intellectual property issues.
I can't find much information online except this rather discouraging piece: Hiring A Chinese Employee Without A Chinese Entity. Good Luck With That. Can someone tell me some good news?