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Baker McKenzie


Taiwan

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's team stands out for its banking and finance acumen, assisting domestic and international banks, corporate borrowers and government agencies with the spectrum of transactions and advisory issues. In addition to handling government project financing mandates, the group has a particular niche in trade and aircraft acquisition financing. Highlighting his expertise in banking M&A, Justin Liang, alongside Hao-Ray Hu, advised ANZ Taiwan on the transfer of its retail and wealth management business to DBS Taiwan by way of a demerger, in exchange for a $289m cash consideration paid by the buyer. In another stand-out matter, Bee Leay Teo advised the Taiwan subsidiary of ING Bank on the $1.2bn acquisition of receivables from Winstron through a receivables purchase agreement. Murray Bowler is a key name for project finance.

Leading individuals

Bee Leay Teo - Baker McKenzie

Justin Liang - Baker McKenzie

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Integrated into the global firm's international corporate and securities group, Baker McKenzie's Taiwan-based capital markets team acts for domestic and multinational companies seeking public offerings and debt registrations on local and foreign stock exchanges. In one notable highlight, Alex Chiang and Mark Tu, as Taiwanese counsel, advised Advanced Semiconductor Engineering on a joint share exchange transaction with Siliconware Precision Industries, with a view to forming a new holding company listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Tu, alongside Joseph Fu, assisted Cathay Life Insurance with the public offering of almost $1.2bn in subordinated corporate bonds. James Hsiao and Wen-Yen Kang are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alex Chiang - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Mark Tu - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie

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.

Leading individuals

Kevin Wang - Baker McKenzie

Michael Wong - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Gwyneth Gu - Baker McKenzie

Mark Tu - Baker McKenzie

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Although the disputes team is able to draw on Baker McKenzie's sophisticated global practice, it is noted for its strong local offering, which encompasses civil and criminal litigation and alternative dispute resolution expertise. The group is most often called on to act in corporate disputes, white-collar criminal defence and multi-jurisdictional disputes with aspects in Taiwan. Practice head David Liou has particular expertise in real estate litigation and arbitration. Alongside Sonya Hsu, Liou successfully represented Fu Tsu Construction and Hotel Royal-Nikko Taipei in high-value debt recovery proceedings before the Taiwan High Court against the chairman of Christine International. In a major victory, Kevin Wang and Shelley Fan successfully defended WWUnion Insurance Company against a $700m claim for civil damages brought by APTC following a separate criminal action against an authorised representative of the client, who was also a director of the claimant company. Anna Hwang and Joseph Fu are also recommended.

Leading individuals

David Liou - Baker McKenzie

Joseph Fu - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Anna Hwang - Baker McKenzie

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has an active insurance practice and a team that regularly consults with regulatory authorities on insurance regulations. Key practitioners Tiffany Huang and Shelley Fan are well equipped to assist insurance companies with domestic and multi-jurisdictional legal issues and insurance disputes arising from the spectrum of insurance products, including directors and officers liability (D&O), construction-related insurance, property damage and product liability policies. The duo also have a strong track record in corporate matters, such as insurance company establishment, regulatory compliance, bankruptcy and insolvency.

Leading individuals

Tiffany Huang - Baker McKenzie

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†is able to assist businesses with operations in Taiwan with all aspects of the protection and exploitation of their IP rights ‚Äď with experience in a number of Trade Secret Act¬†2013¬†cases. The team handles the local elements of a number of global patent and trade mark portfolios for clients in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and electronics industries, as well as assisting local corporates with standalone IP issues. Highlights for practice head¬†Grace Shao¬†included assisting a major US-based manufacturer with strategy and handling a subsequent criminal complaint regarding an infringement of its trade mark.¬†Lindy Chern,¬†Da-Fa Feng¬†and¬†Jo-Fan Yu¬†are also noted.

Leading individuals

Grace Shao - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Jo-Fan Yu - Baker McKenzie

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie has an integrated approach to employment law, advising the firm's corporate clients on issues including employee transfers resulting from M&A, dismissals, union disputes, contracts, employee handbooks, intellectual property protections, tax and visa requirements. Highlights for key practitioners Seraphim Ma and Howard Shiu included representing Graphiti in a dispute with the labour authorities regarding the Employment Services Act; the matter was quickly settled with no further action. Pamela Tsai and Robert Lee are also noted.

Leading individuals

Seraphim Ma - Baker McKenzie

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Legal market overview

The legal market remains stable, with Jones Day and Baker McKenzie still strong among the international firms and Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law, Tsar & Tsai Law Firm, Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law and Formosa Transnational Attorneys at Law leading local firms. Firms such as LCS & Partners, Chien Yeh Law Offices and Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law are key names for mid-market clients.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's team is noted for its profound expertise in energy and infrastructure projects, with particular experience handling government contract negotiations, construction, land, project finance and environmental law issues. The 'commercially aware Taiwan energy law expert' Tiffany Huang and 'pragmatic' senior consultant Murray Bowler jointly head the practice; the duo were instructed by Northland Power to assist with the regulatory, corporate and financing aspects of a potential investment in two offshore wind farm developments. On the finance side, the group specialises in financing arrangements for build-operate-own (BOO) and build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects and as such, is advising the concessionaire of Taiwan's High-Speed Rail system. Energy-related highlights included Huang and Melanie Ho acting for CPC Taiwan in multiple separate lawsuits, mediation and arbitration proceedings brought by contractors against the client for damages and construction payments concerning the Northern LNG offshore pipeline project. Su-Fen Chen and Tony Tang are also key practitioners.

Leading individuals

Murray Bowler - 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 handles all aspects of the construction, management and transaction of property in Taiwan, particularly in relation to major residential and commercial developments. The group has vast experience in real estate finance, foreign investment, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and mortgage-backed securities. It also regularly handles disputes in this space, including Tiffany Huang ongoing defence of China Petroleum Corporation in separate civil litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings lodge by former contractors on the Northern LNG project. On the non-contentious front, David Liou advised Mandarin Oriental Group on the development and construction of a hotel in central Taipei, including the negotiation of a hotel management agreement. Yung-Yu Tang is recommended for contentious matters and Bee Leay Teo is noted for her real estate financing expertise. Lindy Chern is another key name for project-related construction.

Leading individuals

David Liou - Baker McKenzie

Lindy Chern - Baker McKenzie

Tiffany Huang - Baker McKenzie

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie is noted for its experience in telecoms law, the entertainment industry, e-commerce, data protection, privacy law and advertising. It advises a variety of suppliers and end-users on the spectrum of IT issues, including encryption, digital signatures, content liability and payment systems. Highlights for practice head Henry Chang included assisting Qwest Taiwan with the restructure of its business, following its merger with CenturyLink. Alongside Louis Hsieh, he is currently advising Google, Facebook and Amazon on local regulations in connection with their services.  In a major corporate mandate, Michael Wong and Dennis Lee acted as special counsel to Google on the Taiwan aspects of a tax structuring issue. Wen-Yen Kang and Hao-Ray Hu are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Henry Chang - Baker McKenzie

Next generation lawyers

Louis Hsieh - Baker McKenzie

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is able to leverage a strong international tax practice, which advises multinationals on a variety of tax structuring for corporate, financial and commercial transactions, in addition to assisting with taxation strategies and wealth management advice. The group is also well placed to handle cross-border tax disputes, working closely with the firm's international network. Michael Wong and Dennis Lee are acting as special counsel to Google on its acquisition of HTC's mobile division team, in addition to handling post-acquisition tax structuring matters. Andrew Lee is another tax specialist to note.

Leading individuals

Michael Wong - Baker McKenzie

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Legal Developments by:
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  • 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 ‚ÄúLease Law‚ÄĚ) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the ‚ÄúObligations Code‚ÄĚ). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the ‚ÄúNew Obligations Code‚ÄĚ), 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 ‚Äúconcerted action‚ÄĚ under the ROC Fair Trade Act of 2011 (the ‚ÄúFTA‚ÄĚ) was recently instituted towards the end of 2011, due in part to discussions between the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (‚ÄúTFTC‚ÄĚ) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).