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COMMITMENTS AND CONTINCENGIES

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COMMITMENTS AND CONTINCENGIES
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINCENGIES

NOTE 14 – COMMITMENTS AND CONTINCENGIES

 

Severance payments

 

The Company has employment agreements with certain employees that provided severance payments upon termination of employment under certain circumstances, as defined in the applicable agreements. The Company has estimated its possible severance payments of approximately $302,000 as of September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, which have not been reflected in its condensed consolidated financial statements since the Company concluded that the likelihood is remote at this moment.

 

Legal service contract

 

On November 22, 2016, the Company entered into a legal service agreement with a law firm who has agreed to provide legal and corporate advisory services to the Company. The term of this agreement is on a month to month basis. In accordance to this service agreement, the Company pays a flat cash fee of $15,000 per month. At September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, the accrued legal service fees related to the service agreement was $60,000 and $10,000, respectively, which was included in accrued liabilities and other payables on the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets.

 

Financial consulting service contract

 

On October 17, 2016, the Company entered into a one-year consulting service agreement with a consultant who has agreed to provide financial consulting service to the Company. In accordance with this agreement, the Company pays a flat fee of $4,800 per month commencing on October 20, 2016. On April 19, 2017, the Company renewed the consulting agreement. In accordance with the renewed agreement, the Company pays a flat fee of $10,000 per month commencing on April 19, 2017. At September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, the accrued service fees related to the service agreement was $34,000 and $1,600, respectively, which was included in accrued liabilities and other payables on the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets.

 

Real property management agreement

 

On June 6, 2017, the Company entered into a two-year real property management agreement with a related party which agreed to provide real property management service to the Company. In accordance with this agreement, the Company pays a flat fee of $5,417 per month commencing on May 5, 2017 (see Note 10 for real property management agreement).

 

Operating leases

 

Avalon Shanghai office leases

 

On January 19, 2017, Avalon Shanghai entered into a lease for office space in Beijing, China with a third party (the “Beijing Office Lease”). Pursuant to the Beijing Office Lease, the monthly rent is RMB 50,586 (approximately $7,600) with a required security deposit of RMB 164,764 (approximately $24,800). In addition, Avalon Shanghai needs to pay monthly maintenance fees of RMB 4,336 (approximately $700). The term of the Beijing Office Lease is 26 months commencing on January 1, 2017 and will expire on February 28, 2019 with two months of free rent in the months of December 2017 and February 2019. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, rent expense and maintenance fees related to the Beijing Office Lease amounted to approximately $21,900 and $64,400, respectively. Future minimum rental payment required under the Beijing Office Lease is as follows:

 

Twelve-month Period Ending September 30:     Amount  
2018     $ 91,450  
2019       33,669  
Total     $ 125,119  

 

In December 2016, Avalon Shanghai entered into a lease for office space in Shanghai, China with a third party (the “Shanghai Office Lease”). Pursuant to the Shanghai Office Lease, the monthly rent is RMB 20,000 (approximately $3,000). The term of the Shanghai Office Lease is one year commencing on January 1, 2017 and will expire on December 31, 2017. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, rent expense related to the Shanghai Office Lease amounted to approximately $8,600 and $25,200, respectively. Future minimum rental payment required under the Shanghai Office Lease is as follows:

 

Twelve-month Period Ending September 30:     Amount  
  2018     $ 9,018