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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law advises a number of local and international financial institutions and corporates on various transactions, including syndicated lending, project finance and derivatives, as well as handling regulatory and compliance matters. Patricia Lin, who handles a number of aviation financings, notably advised the security trustee Wells Fargo Bank Northwest (and its lesser partner BOC Aviation) on the financing and subsequent leasing of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft, in a complex $130m transaction involving cross-collateral under the same financing scheme. The practice is led by Robin Chang, while Abe Sung regularly handles local and cross-border securitisation deals. Other clients include Citibank Taiwan, BNP Paribas Taipei and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentina.

Leading individuals

Patricia Lin - Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Offering an ‘unparalleled local legal service’, Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law’s team has particular expertise in the regulatory and compliance aspects of equity and bond issuances. It also advises international companies on the issuance of GDRs and IPOs by foreign issuers and is noted for assisting major foreign corporates with Formosa bond offerings in Taiwan. Patricia Lin, who is ‘an excellent lawyer with great technical knowledge’, handled a number of multi-billion dollar Formosa bond issuances for QTB Finance and Comcast among others. Robin Chang advised Apple and Goldman Sachs on their bond offerings in Taiwan. Abe Sung is experienced in advising on high-value transactions.

Leading individuals

Abe Sung - Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law’s 24-partner team, which is jointly headed by Ken-Ying Tseng and Grace Wang, assists foreign and domestic corporates with structuring and implementing a range of M&A transactions, including mergers, demergers, share exchanges, asset and share acquisitions, and is a popular choice for Taiwan’s pre-eminent semiconductor companies. C T Chang advised ASML Holdings on all aspects of a $3.1bn share swap with Hermes Microvision. Sophia Yeh acted as local counsel for Dormakaba on its multi-jurisdictional $725m acquisition of various mechanical security businesses of Stanley Black & Decker, assisting with due diligence, foreign investment approvals and completion work.

Leading individuals

Ken-Ying Tseng - Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Sophia Yeh - Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law has strong criminal defence and contentious intellectual property offerings, in addition to its practice representing clients in traditional civil and commercial disputes, arbitration and administrative litigation. Experienced white-collar criminal defence lawyers, Wen-Ping Lai and Daniel Song, successfully defended the former president of CTBC Bank against charges of money laundering and violations of the Financial Holding Company Act. Ruey-Sen Tsai and Hsiu-ru Chien handle a range of patent and trade mark litigation, with recent clients in this space including Nike Innovate and Novartis.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law’s broad practice handles a range of product development, claims and regulatory work, and provides various insurance companies with M&A, financing and employment advice. C T Chang has assisted a number of financial institutions with divesting their Taiwan-based insurance operations. Patricia Lin recently advised HSBC on its issuance of $2bn Formosa bonds to a range of Taipei Exchange-listed life insurance companies. Lawrence Yu handles contentious employment work for Nan Shan Life Insurance.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Intellectual property (prosecution) - ranked: tier 2

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law provides full patent, trade mark and copyright services to domestic and international clients. The team has specific expertise in multi-jurisdictional IPR work, particularly involving Japan, China and the US. Dennis Huang and Gloria Lu handled a number of civil and criminal IP litigations for Contour Design, including acting for the company in the local enforcement of a US court judgment against Chance Mold Steel (CMS) and Zhuhai Ektouch Technology Co and representing the client in subsequent litigation prosecuting CMS’ executives for breaches of patent law. Ruey-Sen Tsai handles trade mark portfolios for a number of major multinational corporates, including Nike Innovate. Other clients include Toshiba, Procter & Gamble and Valentino.

Leading individuals

Dennis Huang - Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Ruey-Sen Tsai - Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

The 16-partner team at Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law, headed by Lawrence Yu, handles a range of employment matters for its existing and standalone corporate clients. In addition to its experience advising on post-merger HR reorganisations and compliance, the group acts for clients in various disputes. Yu has handled multiple matters for HSBC, including advising the client on complying with the Labour Standards Act, and successfully representing it in an administrative action against a penalty issued by the labour authorities. T C Chiang is an experienced litigator with a strong track record representing employers and employees in disputes.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Yi-Jiun Su heads Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law’s government contracts group, which handles the complex contractual elements of various infrastructure and energy projects and related disputes. Joyce Fan advises on inbound and outbound energy investments across South-East Asia; Angela Lin has a strong track record representing clients in construction disputes arising from infrastructure projects; and Pauline Wang has particular expertise in government procurement for energy and infrastructure projects.

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Joyce Fan - Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law’s 13-partner team advises corporates on all matters concerning the life-cycle of real estate and construction projects, including any subsequent disputes that arise. With particular expertise in commercial litigation, Angela Lin and C C Lee have extensive experience advising clients on construction disputes. Practice head Yi-Jiun Su focuses on transactional work, and handles local real estate conveyancing and international engineering and construction matters for international clients.

Leading individuals

Yi-Jiun Su - Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law acts for ship-owners, banks, shipyards, shipping companies and government agencies across the spectrum of maritime matters. Sylvia Huang represented the Taiwan Environmental Protection Agency in a substantial pollution-related claim against a protection and indemnity (P&I) club. Patricia Lin has particular expertise in ship financing, assisting a number of international banks with ship leasing, lease-backs and sales. Daniel Tsai is another key contact.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

In addition to handling TMT-related M&A activities and dispute resolution, Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law frequently assists government and industry clients with policy formulation and bill drafting regarding TMT regulations in Taiwan, as well as advising a range of suppliers and end-users on regulatory compliance matters. Stephen Wu successfully represented FarEasTone in a dispute against Taiwan Mobile regarding the use of telecom bandwidths. Ken-Ying Tseng, who has expertise in M&A transactions, advised AT&T on the local regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Time Warner.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

As well as offering transfer pricing and M&A-related tax services, Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law’s team handles the gamut of IP-related tax issues, including patent royalties and tax exemption applications for R&D operations. The practice consists of a number of CPAs and experienced tax lawyers. Frank Lin has extensive experience in tax litigation and advisory work, but is also regularly consulted on amendments to Taiwan’s tax laws. Josephine Peng focuses on the tax aspects of various complex transactions – including M&A, restructurings, financial products and securities transfers – often with a cross-border dimension.

Leading individuals

Frank Lin - Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

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