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Export-reliant Taiwan is recovering from depressed demand from Japan, its largest trading partner, and the rest of the developed world. Taiwan’s government, recognising that an international focus is the key to economic growth, introduced measures to encourage inward investment, including revising an unpopular capital gains tax that may have contributed to the stock market’s poor performance. Liberalisation of financial and trading arrangements with China increased cross-straits business. Taiwan signed a free trade agreement with New Zealand and is looking to reach a similar agreement with Singapore.
2012 saw an uptick in strategic M&A with more cross-straits and international deals, although private equity activity remains subdued. The largest full-service firms – Baker & McKenzie, Jones Day, Lee and Li and Tsar & Tsai Law Firm – have maintained their reputation for excellence, winning instructions on high-profile deals such as Mediatek’s $3.83bn acquisition of MStar Semiconductor, as well as Stanley Black & Decker’s $237m two-step purchase of Tong Lung Metal Industry.
Home to many hi-tech manufacturers, including Taiwan Semiconductor, United Microelectronics, Acer and HTC Corporation, Taiwan has an active and increasingly international IP market which is dominated on the contentious side by local full-service firms, and on the prosecution side by patent and trade mark offices led by Saint Island International Patent & Law Offices, TIPLO Attorneys-at-Law and Top Team International Patent & Trademark Office. International firms represent Taiwanese manufacturers in global patent protection and enforcement work.
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In a recent court judgment, the Taipei District Court (“TPDC”) affirmed, as upheld by the Taiwan High Court (“THC”) in April 2010, the validity of a package limitation clause in a contract of carriage. The TPDC held that not all clauses for the exclusion or limitation of liability, as contained in a document relating to a contract of carriage, would be void, and that whether such exclusion or limitation would be unconscionable depends on the underlying facts and circumstances leading to the conclusion of the contract in question. The TPDC nevertheless limited the application of the package limitation clause to losses occurred during air transportation.
The Internet is widely used by nearly every household on the planet and the penetration rate continues to climb each year. E-commerce or online shopping is transforming the retail sector where some markets have been affected more than others.
Since the global financial crisis in 2009, international insurers (such as Prudential, Aegon and the ING Group) have withdrawn their physical presence from the Taiwan insurance market due to fierce price competition from local players and low growth in the Taiwan market in comparison to the neighboring China and other emerging Asian markets.
The global economy and market underwent a volatile year in 2011 faced with an historically severe natural disaster in Japan, a crisis in the Euro Zone and debt crisis in the United States. Despite the global downturn, merger and acquisitions (M&A) remained robust and active in Taiwan in 2011.
The Guidelines Governing Disclosure of Information by Franchisors were first promulgated by the Fair Trade Commission in 1999.
Under Taiwan’s patent law, an invention must not be published before a patent application is filed in order for it to be patentable.
According to the Companies Act, “in convening a meeting of the Board of Directors, a notice setting forth therein the subject(s) to be discussed at the meeting shall be given to each Director and Supervisor no later than 7 days prior to the scheduled meeting date.
The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) recently completed a review of several copyright public performance royalty rates set by copyright collective management organizations (CMOs).
In the December/January 2011 issue, we reported that an amendment to the Securities and Exchange Law was adopted to request listing companies establishing compensation committees. And, under the authorization of the Law, qualifications of the members and the competence of the compensation committee will be promulgated by the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC), the financial regulator in Taiwan.
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Studio Legale Villata, Degli Esposti, Perfetti e Associati is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of the sixth edition of Professor Villata's monograph entitled " Pubblici Servizi. Discussioni e Problemi " (Public Services. Issues and Debates) and issued by the law publishing house Giuffrè. The volume consists of an in-depth analysis of the much-discussed subject of public services and provides a remarkable intake on the matter from an exceedingly knowledgeable scholar, in light of recent developments in legislation and jurisprudence.
Budidjaja & Associates becomes the Indonesian law firm member of TAGLaw, an international alliance of independent law firms
AstapovLawyers has been recognized TOP-3 band in corporate/M&A and tax in Ukraine according to the latest survey 2014 by KyivPost, a well-known English speaking edition. The survey findings are based on a peer review conducted by the Kyiv Post in August of 90 law firms.
The Administrative Court of Hamburg decided on 27 August 2014 that Uber, a provider for a smartphone-app for on-demand transportation services, may continue providing its services in Hamburg. With its decision, the Administrative Court ordered the suspensive effect of the objection against the prohibition order of the city of Hamburg. The decision of the Hamburg authorities were formally unlawful as the traffic authorities were not the responsible authority and the prohibition order could not be based on the Passenger Transportation Act (Personenbeförderungsgesetz).
The Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (" Companies Law ") provides for companies, protected cell companies (" PCCs "), incorporated cell companies (" ICCs ") and cells of PCCs and ICCs to be placed into administration and for an administrator to be appointed to manage that entity's affairs whilst the administration order remains in force.- Ogier
A company incorporated and existing in one jurisdiction may consider it desirable to continue as a company existing elsewhere for a variety of reasons including, for example: to be in a time zone closer to investors; to conduct its affairs in a manner more familiar to its stakeholders; to benefit from a more modern and/or flexible statutory or regulatory environment and/or a more appropriate tax framework.- Ogier
Kim & Chang has been named as the "Best Law Firm for Asset Management" from AsianInvestor Korea Fund Awards 2014 , hosted by AsianInvestor affiliated with Haymarket Media Ltd, a global media company. It is the fourth consecutive year that the firm has been honored for this award.
Kim & Chang has been selected for the "Legal Innovation in Real Estate Finance" award for providing exceptional legal advice in connection with the case involving KHFC's issuance of two different types of covered bonds in the first-ever Financial Times (FT) Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2014 .
Kim & Chang has been recognized as one of the world's top 150 law firms in the Who's Who Legal 100 (2014 edition, 3rd edition) , published by Who's Who Legal that is an international publication affiliated with London-based publishing group, Law Business Research. Kim & Chang has been the only law firm in Korea to be included in the list for three consecutive years.