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Baker McKenzie


Taiwan

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie advises a host of financial and insurance institutions, government agencies and funds on acquisitions, securitisations, structured and asset financing. Murray Bowler handled a Cathay United Bank-led international banking consortium’s $76.9m syndicated loan to Formosa Wind Power; the first such offshore windfarm financing transaction in Taiwan. The group often advises Taiwanese clients in other jurisdictions, and Bee Leay Teo recently acted for the Taiwan Business Bank on a complex regulatory litigation spanning a number of EU countries. Wayne Yang is another key name, and is instructed by a number of major local lenders and borrowers. Justin Liang heads the practice.

Leading individuals

Justin Liang - Baker McKenzie

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie assists issuers and underwriters with debt and equity work and advises local companies seeking to list on foreign stock exchanges. As well as handling a number of high-value Formosa bond issuances, Alex Chiang acted as the Taiwan counsel for ASE Group on a $3.9bn joint share exchange with Siliconware Precision Industries, and assisted with the subsequent formation of a Taiwan and New York-listed holding company. In another highlight, Justin Liang advised ABN Amro Bank on the first subordinated Formosa bond issuance on the Taiwan market by a non-Taiwanese issuer. Other major clients include FIT Hon Teng and Ta Chong Bank.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises private equity sponsors and corporates on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, integrating its service with complementary practices such as tax, securities and employment law. The firm also leverages its global presence to assist clients with multi-jurisdictional M&A work. Lindy Chern and Wen-Yen Kang attract big-ticket clients, recently advising Foxconn Technology Group on its over $3.4bn investment in a majority stake in Sharp, which is also the first acquisition of a major Japanese electronics manufacturer by a foreign company. Alex Chiang recently advised several major corporates on various transactions, including assisting JD United Holdings with its $387m acquisition of Roo Hsing Co, and handling MediaTek’s $122m acquisition of ILI Technology.

Leading individuals

Kevin Wang - Baker McKenzie

Michael Wong - Baker McKenzie

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie utilises its global presence to act for clients in high-value local, international and multi-jurisdictional matters involving corporate disputes, as well as handling white-collar criminal defence work. Areas of recent experience include disputes concerning the construction, biomedical, chemical and communications industries. Lindy Chern is representing a corporate client in a complex cross-border intellectual property dispute between parties in Taiwan and the United States. The practice is led by David Liou. Former co-head, Remington Huang, left private practice to take up a judicial position.

Leading individuals

David Liou - Baker McKenzie

Joseph Fu - Baker McKenzie

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

As well as its more traditional contentious and non-contentious offering, Baker McKenzie’s practice consults with government agencies on insurance regulations. It is therefore well-placed to advise international insurance companies and their clients on local regulatory and compliance issues regarding their products. The insurance practice often works alongside the firm’s M&A team to form a strong transactional offering. Michael Wong handled the $552m transfer (by way of a spin-off) of Allianz’s life insurance business to Allianz SE and Allianz Life Insurance.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie assists companies with all aspects of IP protection and exploitation and handles many global trade mark and patent portfolios for long-term multinational clients, particularly in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. The firm also has expertise in trade secrets litigation and, in a landmark cross-Strait ruling in the Taiwan IP Court, Grace Shao successfully secured a preliminary injunction for MediaTek that prevents a former employee from disclosing proprietary knowledge and from further facilitating the solicitation of MediaTek’s R&D staff to a PRC-based competitor. Lindy Chern and David Liou are the other key names.

Leading individuals

Grace Shao - Baker McKenzie

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team advises a range of international clients on all aspects of employment law, with particular expertise in handling cases with a cross-border dimension. The group also advises employers on compliance regarding the new Labour Standards Act and often assists corporate clients with negotiations with unions and other employee groups in arbitration proceedings. Practice head Seraphim Ma and Howard Shiu are advising FIH Mobile, as local counsel, on a major multi-jurisdictional implementation of HR procedures, and provides the company with strategic advice on the employment implications of its post-acquisition integration. Pamela Tsai is another key name.

Leading individuals

Seraphim Ma - Baker McKenzie

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises investors, lenders, developers, operators and government agencies on all aspects of infrastructure and energy projects with build-operate-transfer (BOT) and build-operate-own financing structures. Practice co-heads Tiffany Huang and Murray Bowler have significant experience handling clean energy mandates for investors and lenders, including providing advice to a banking consortium (led by Cathay United Bank) on a $76m syndicated loan for the financing of Swancor’s contribution to the Formosa 1 offshore wind farm project. The team also draws on the firm’s strength in dispute resolution to provide project-related dispute services; it is defending CPC Corporation in a number of separate civil litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings brought against the company by various construction contractors in relation to the Northern LNG offshore pipeline project.

Leading individuals

Justin Liang - Baker McKenzie

Tiffany Huang - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie draws on its full-service capacity and international presence to handle the full range of local, international and transnational real estate and construction transactions – including M&A, developments, financing, joint venture projects, asset management, commercial leasing and dispute resolution. The team assisted a number of global online retailers on office leasing agreements arising from the establishment of operations in Taiwan. Tiffany Huang heads the construction practice and has particular expertise in construction dispute resolution. The real estate team is led by David Liou, who is advising a major international hotel chain on its local expansion plans.

Leading individuals

Lindy Chern - Baker McKenzie

Tiffany Huang - Baker McKenzie

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises on a range of TMT transactions and disputes, as well as handling regulatory and commercial work for companies in the related industries. Henry Chang’s recent highlights include assisting Vizio with its $2bn acquisition and subsequent restructuring by Leshi Internet Information & Technology Corporation. The team also advised Facebook on local lobbying regulations and assisted Mastercard with personal data legislation and banking regulations pertaining to the issuance of credit cards in Taiwan.

Leading individuals

Henry Chang - Baker McKenzie

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s expertise in tax is supplemented by its broad international office network, enabling the firm to assist clients with complex multi-jurisdictional tax requirements. Dennis Lee brings his expertise as a certified public accountant (CPA) to the firm’s tax and wealth management offering, while Michael Wong is an accomplished corporate and M&A lawyer, with knowledge of the associated tax structures. The duo handle a range of direct and indirect tax issues, as well as tax-related litigation for leading local corporations and multinational clients. Recent highlights include representing a major telecoms company in its dispute with the Taxation Administration over the allocation of management expenses from its head office abroad.

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Legal Developments by:
Baker McKenzie LLP

  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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  • New Leniency Program for Suspected Concerted Actions

    A leniency program for potential unlawful actions constituting “concerted action” under the ROC Fair Trade Act of 2011 (the “FTA”) was recently instituted towards the end of 2011, due in part to discussions between the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (“TFTC”) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).