The Legal 500

Lee and Li

7TH FLOOR, 201 TUN HUA N ROAD, TAIPEI 10508, TAIWAN
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Work +886 2 2715 3300
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Web:
www.leeandli.com
Shanghai, Taipei

Taiwan

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li

Lee and Li’s ‘accomplished and experienced’ team has the critical mass and expertise to handle a wide variety of financings for domestic and international banks including syndicated loans to finance acquisitions and projects. Robin Chang heads the group, which includes Patricia Lin, whose varied practice includes asset finance. Lin recently advised Tiger Airways Singapore on the $40m lease financing of one A320-200 aircraft.

Leading individuals

Robin Chang - Lee and Li

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li

Lee and Li is at the forefront of regulatory change and often advises the government on capital markets laws and policies. It is routinely instructed on a range of debt and equity transactions including advising on the issuance of local and overseas depositary receipts and convertible/exchangeable bonds, and Patricia Lin recently advised AT&T on its $2.6bn Formosa Bond offering. Abe Sung regularly acts for foreign corporates and underwriters in IPOs and secondary listings.

Leading individuals

Abe Sung - Lee and Li

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

Lee and Li

Lee and Li has strong ties with numerous major domestic corporates, for which it handles M&A and other transactions and undertakes a range of day-to-day commercial support. Notably, the firm has established a PRC practice with strong ties to a number of local PRC firms, through which it can advise Taiwan-listed companies on establishing joint ventures in China, as well as attract work from PRC companies seeking to invest in Taiwan. Sophia Yeh, James Chen and Ken-Ying Tseng are recommended.

Leading individuals

C V Chen - Lee and Li

Ken-Ying Tseng - Lee and Li

Sophia Yeh - Lee and Li

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li

Lee and Li handles civil, criminal and public law disputes for domestic and international clients. The scope of the firm’s practice is reflective of the partners’ areas of expertise, notably Dennis Huang for IP litigation; Nigel Li for international arbitration; Jack Twu for public construction and governmental procurement dispute resolutions; and Angela Yao Lin, who handles domestic and international arbitration, often in the context of infrastructure disputes.

Leading individuals

Dennis Huang - Lee and Li

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li

Lee and Li advises domestic and international clients on employment contracts and confidentiality issues, transfer of undertakings, health and safety matters, and collective bargaining. The ‘excellentLawrence Yu is a key figure in the team along with T C Chiang, who has a strong reputation for contentious matters.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Lee and Li

Lee and Li has deep penetration in the insurance market, where it regularly advises key participants on claims handling, product development and regulatory matters. The firm also routinely handles insurance-related M&A and other transactions, and Robin Chang recently advised AIG on the business transfer and related restructuring of its non-life insurance subsidiary in Taiwan. Trisha Chang and C T Chang are also recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li

Intellectual property: prosecution - ranked: tier 2

Lee and Li

Lee and Li has a deep pool of resources that includes lawyers, technical experts and patent attorneys, and is able to represent domestic and international clients in the prosecution and enforcement of their IP rights. Roger Chang is a ‘well-known patent litigator’, as is the ‘superbDennis Huang; both are key members of the team, which also includes Daisy Wang, who handles litigation, patent prosecution and strategy. Ruey-Sen Tsai has a good reputation for trade mark and copyright litigation.

Leading individuals

Dennis Huang - Lee and Li

Ruey-Sen Tsai - Lee and Li

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li

Lee and Li is particularly strong on the public sector side, where it has a specific government contracts group. As well as advising the government on transactions in the transport and power sectors, among others, the firm also has been instrumental in helping to develop the PPP laws within the country. Well regarded infrastructure disputes expert Angela Lin is a key figure in the team, which also includes Su Yi-Jiun, Pauline Wang and Joyce Fan.

Leading individuals

Joyce Fan - Lee and Li

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

Lee and Li

Particularly strong in the retail and hotel industries, Lee and Li has the critical mass to handle a tremendous volume of mandates across the spectrum of transactions, project development work and construction litigation. Su Yi-Jiun and Angela Lin are recommended for transactional real estate work and contentious construction matters, respectively.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li

Lee and Li acts for shipowners, banks, shipyards and shipping companies across a range of financings, commercial transactions and litigation. Daniel Tsai and Sylvia Huang are recommended.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li

Lee and Li is prominent in the telecoms and media markets, where, following on from its key work leading to the liberalisation of the markets, it is regularly instructed by clients to represent them before regulatory agencies. Christina Chao heads the team, which is often involved in M&A in the sector, as well as in advising clients on regulatory issues.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Lee and Li

Lee and Li, which employs a number of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) as well as lawyers, provides a ‘knowledgeable and comprehensive’ service regarding all tax issues affecting domestic and international corporates, including advice on transfer pricing, M&A-related structuring, and litigation. Practice head Frank Lin is recommended.

Leading individuals

Frank Lin - Lee and Li

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