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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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Kyiv, 11 August 2014 - Avellum Partners announced that it has acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Ferrexpo in connection with the following three export financing credits:
Avellum Partners announced that it has acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Ferrexpo in connection with the acquisition of an electrified railway of over two kilometers long and a power line.
Avellum Partners acted as the legal counsel to the owners of a leading Ukrainian FMCG producer in connection with its sale to a private investor.
KKR, a leading global investment firm, announced an investment in arago AG ("arago"). arago is a German-based high-tech company specialised in IT automation. KKR will acquire a minority stake in arago and support the global roll-out of arago's product portfolio with growth equity.
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In early August 2014 „Popov & Partners" Law office was selected by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Bulgaria to perform public procurement named „Research and analysis of existing systems for enforcement in the EU Member States, research and exchange of the European good practices related to the construction of electronic system/portal for enforcement". The research is in the framework of „Effective and transparent enforcement, integrated with national and European electronic legal systems" implemented with the grant of the Operational Programme „Administrative Capacity", co-financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund.
In the middle of July 2014 "Popov and Partners" law office was awarded a public procurement, announced by the Ministry of Finance, with subject matter "Analysis of the structure of the Managing Authority of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" (OPAC) and development of an offer for structure of the Managing Authority of Operational Programme "Good Governance" (OPGG) in relation to the 2014-2020 programming period". The public procurement is part of a project for analysis of the structure of the Ministry of Finance and Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" Directorate, realized with the financial support of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" (OPAC), co-funded by the European Union through the European Social Fund. The most fundamental aim of all project activities is to guarantee the effective execution of Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" Directorate at the Ministry of Finance, in its capacity of Managing authority of the new Operational Programme "Good Governance" 2014 - 2020, which will replace Operational Programme "Administrative Capacity" and Operational Programme "Technical Assistance", implemented during the past programming period.
The international media company Bertelsmann is increasing its ownership of Gruner + Jahr to 100 percent by acquiring Jahr Holding's 25.1 percent shareholding. The transaction was agreed among Gruner + Jahr's shareholders. Bertelsmann's acquisition of the remaining shares in Gruner + Jahr will become effective on November 1, 2014. The purchase price is being paid in cash, and the parties have agreed not to disclose the amount.
Hengeler Mueller advises LEG Immobilien AG on acquisition of portfolio of around 9,600 residential uA subsidiary of LEG Immobilien AG ("LEG"), acting as the buyer, and Deutsche Annington Immobilien SE ("Deutsche Annington"), acting as the seller, yesterday signed an agreement for a portfolio transaction for around 9,600 residential units and related employees in North Rhine-Westphalia by way of share deal. The total transaction volume amounts to €484m. Following antitrust approval, the closing of the transaction is expected by the end of October 2014.