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Baker McKenzie is a go-to firm for large international corporates seeking full corporate and M&A services for all or part of transactions involving Taiwan. In addition to its transactional strenght, the group is also able to draw on the firm's experts in securities, environmental law, intellectual property, employment and tax issues. Gwyneth Gu is assisting BizLink with the bidding process for Leoni, which was divested from a listed German company. In another stand-out matter, Mark Tu advised Giga Solution Technology on a 100% share-swap agreement with Ardentec Corporation. On the corporate side, Michael Wong served as special counsel to Google on the Taiwanese aspects of a global reorganisation. Kevin Wang is another key contact.

Jones Day's team is best known for its ability to handle cross-border M&A, corporate governance issues and hostile takeovers, where it is able to leverage the firm's global office network. Tommy Chen is advising Siliconware Precision Industries on the formation of a $5.7bn holding company with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering by way of two simultaneous share swaps, which is a major development for the semiconductor sector and the result of negotiations following the client's successful defence of two unsolicited tender offers. John Lin and Raymond Wang assisted Qisda Corporation with the acquisition of a $178m majority stake in DFI. Jack Huang is also recommended alongside Jean Kuo, who has an active Japanese client-base, and M&A specialist James Liang.

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law, which comprises 24 partners, has the largest corporate and M&A team in Taiwan. The group is well equipped to handle all aspects of mergers, demergers, share exchanges, asset acquisitions and group restructuring for large domestic and international corporates. The group is jointly headed by Ken-Ying Tseng and Grace Wang, who have vast experience in corporate law. Patricia Lin led a team advising Google on the Taiwan aspects of its $1.1bn acquisition of a portion of HTC's smartphone business; a matter that heavily involved intellectual property and employment issues. James Chen advised the directors of the Taiwan Cement Corporation and TCC International on its successful privatisation through a scheme of arrangement under Cayman law. Also recommended are Sophia Yeh and C T Chang.

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm's client list includes a number of major domestic and international corporates, equity funds and institutional investors. Jennifer Lin and Yvonne Liu assisted PRC e-commerce giant Taobao with obtaining investment approval from the Taiwanese authorities, following a successful administrative appeal against a decision to sanction the company. James Cheng handled Ennoconn International Investment's acquisition of an approximately 47.2% stake in semiconductor supplier, Marketech International. Practice co-heads Jackie Lin and Janice Lin advised HTC on all aspects of the $1.1bn sale of certain Taiwanese assets and the transfer of R&D staff to Google. Randy Tsai is another name to note.

Formosa Transnational Attorneys at Law is most noted for assisting domestic companies with overseas investments, but it is also well equipped to advise on foreign inbound investments and operations in Taiwan. The corporate team works closely with other departments, such as employment and competition, to provide clients with a full service. Chun-Yih Cheng assisted a major US bank with a wide-scale review of notices to Taiwanese investors and, in a separate matter, assisted a multinational automotive supplier with the Taiwanese aspects of a restructuring and capital reduction. Georgia Chang advised a Taiwanese food producer on the review of a joint venture agreement. Also recommended are Sam-Rong Hwang and Delphine Chen.

K&L Gates is a popular choice for international corporates entering the Taiwan market or with existing operations in the jurisdiction. The group is highly experienced in cross-border transactions and is able to draw on the extensive resources of the global firm. In addition to experience advising on the acquisition of Taiwanese public and private companies with a presence in the Greater China region, practice head Jacqueline Fu frequently assists clients and their subsidiaries with issues as diverse as consumer protection, anti-trust, anti-corruption, corporate governance issues and corporate structuring. Highlights for Fu included assisting II-VI with the acquisition of TWSE-listed CoAdna Holdings, in a complex transaction that involved assets in the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, US, Taiwan and China. Billy Chen advised Swancor on issues relating to the sale of its equity interest in a holding company which owns the Formosa I wind project to Dong Energy and Macquarie Capital. James Chen is another key name.

Corporate and M&A work is a core competency of Lexcel Partners, which advises on the spectrum of transactional and advisory matters to domestic and international corporates alike. The team is led by Echo Yeh, whose expertise spans financial regulatory and compliance issues, corporate governance, investment and competition law. The experienced Sue Su specialises in M&A activity, with a focus on build-operate-transfer projects. Also recommended are Mike Lu and Stacy Lo.

'Among the best law firms in Taiwan', Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law is noted for providing 'quality legal services efficiently'. The group acts for a variety of corporates and has developed a niche in assisting emerging technology companies with navigating the jurisdiction's complex regulatory regime. Experienced corporate lawyer George Lin leads the team, which includes David Lee and new arrival David Huang, who joined the team in 2017 from an in-house position and stands out for his 'exceptional business legal knowledge'. The team, having assisted PayPal with its entry into Taiwan, advised the client on various corporate matters, including a business reorganisation. The group also advised HC Medi Corporations on complex contract negotiations with Vivo Capital regarding an investment in equity shares. Kaiju Lee is recommended for her expertise in financial services.

Gregory Buxton leads on corporate matters at Winkler Partners following the retirement of Chen Hui-ling in 2018. As a full-service firm, the team is able to advise on all aspects of business operations and transactions in Taiwan, with a particular focus on the pharmaceutical, biotech and TMT sectors. The group also has notable strength handling corporate restructurings. Highlights included assisting a British biotech firm with its acquisition of a Taiwan-based gene testing company. It also acted as Taiwan counsel to a publicly listed French industrial group on local aspects of its global restructuring. Intellectual property expert Peter Dernbach and Christine Chen, who specialises in employment law, are also recommended.

Chien Yeh Law Offices's team, which is led by Justin Chen, regularly assists domestic and international clients with M&A, equity-related litigation and sales and acquisitions by funds. Highlights for Hermes Kung included assisting Kyang Yhe with a management buyout and corporate restructuring matter and, in a separate matter, advising Ant Bridge Asset Management on the formation of an offshore hedge fund for investment into Taiwan.

Deloitte has a particularly strong client list of Chinese and Japanese corporates. Leveraging its global presence, the team is adept at handling cross-border M&A, but it also has a strong compliance offering. Managing partner Robin Lin is deftly supported by senior attorneys Ingrid Chen, Hsienwei Chang and Show Chen. Recent stand-out work includes advising the majority shareholder of a  major Taiwan-listed company on its privatisation, and handling the acquisition of a 10% stake in a Taiwan-based company by a major Japanese manufacturer. Clients include China Electric, Aon and the Land Bank of Taiwan.

John Eastwood leads the team at Eiger , which predominantly advises North American and European multinationals on their operations in Taiwan. The group is able to provide the spectrum of related services, with particular expertise in intellectual property issues and compliance. Highlights included assisting Qualcomm with its acquisition of a subsidiary of a major Japanese semiconductor manufacturer and handling Synopsys' acquisition of a software company. Paul Cassingham is also noted. Senior associate Veronica Lin joined the team from PricewaterhouseCoopers Taiwan in 2017.

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law is a full-service local law firm, which advises domestic and international clients on corporate and transactional mandates. Li-Pu Lee is the main contact.

Alex Hsin leads the team at Guo Ju Law Firm, which provides corporate support to a wide range of Taiwan listed companies. The group has particular strength in cross-Strait investment and work in the TMT sector. In one stand-out matter, Hsin and Jill Hsu advised Softstar Entertainment on all aspects, including in relation to intellectual property, of the sale of a 51% stake in the company by China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group. Willy Wang is recommended for the 'passionate' approach.

LCS & Partners has an active client base in the hi-tech, manufacturing and financial sectors, where it advises on domestic and cross-border M&A. Rich Lin, Victor Chang and Kai-Hua Yu are the names to note.

With an office in Shanghai, Lee, Tsai & Partners is well placed to handle cross-Strait transactions. Founding and managing partner Chung-Teh Lee and private equity expert Grace Chou are the practice co-heads. Historic matters include advising Starbreeze on a joint venture with Acer relating to the design, manufacture and sale of a head-mounted virtual reality headset. Elizabeth Pai is another key name.

Russin & Vecchi (International Legal Counsellors) primarily advises corporates on cross-border M&A transactions, including public and private deals, private equity transactions, joint ventures, leveraged buy-outs and restructuring. The group has a particular niche in assisting offshore companies and asset managers with the acquisition of local entities. Highlights for Phoebe Yu included advising Phoenix Contact Group on the $37m acquisition of a Taiwan-based measuring tool manufacturer. Practice head Thomas McGowan and Echo Hsu are noted for their extensive transactional experience.

Fran Wang leads the corporate department at Yangming Partners, which handles foreign investments, licensing, competition law issues, public listing, due diligence and documentation issues. The group is also able to draw on the firm's wider capability in labour law. Mark Ohlson and Robert Lee are also recommended.

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