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Baker McKenzie


Taiwan

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Practice head Justin Liang leads Baker McKenzie’s five-partner team, which advises banks, funds, corporates and government agencies on acquisition, structured and asset financings. Bee Leay Teo handled Taishin International Bank’s $302m financing to fund Takau Holding’s acquisition of shares in Nan Ho. The team often works alongside other offices within its international network, such as in senior consultant Murray Bowler’s recent work for Mega International Commercial Bank on a term loan facility agreement for Panamanian bank Banco General, which involved the firm’s Chicago office. Other clients include Bank of Taiwan and ANZ.

Leading individuals

Justin Liang - Baker McKenzie

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

As well as representing issuers and underwriters on domestic debt and equity capital raisings, Baker McKenzie’s Taipei office leverages the firm’s vast international network to assist local companies seeking to access the European or US stock exchanges. Co-heads Wen-Yen Kang and the ‘excellent’ Alex Chiang handled TaiGen Biopharmaceuticals’ $1.2bn IPO. Other clients include Ta Chong Bank, MediaTek and The Bank of East Asia.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides an ‘excellent and value-for-money service’ to private equity sponsors and corporates engaged in domestic and cross-border M&A activity, where clients also benefit from the firm’s ‘top-notch’ advice on complementary areas including tax and employment law. Lindy Chern, Joseph Fu and James Hsiao handled Cathay Life Insurance’s acquisition of a minority stake in Indonesian-based financial institution PT Bank Mayapada Internasional. Michael Wong and Kevin Wang jointly head the team.

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’s ten-partner team provides an ‘excellent’ service to major corporates in high-value domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation and ADR. The team’s ability to handle complex and big-ticket disputes is exemplified by its ongoing representation of Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation in several high-profile arbitrations against the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. David Liou and Remington Huang jointly head the team.

Leading individuals

David Liou - Baker McKenzie

Joseph Fu - Baker McKenzie

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s three-partner team provides ‘practical and helpful advice’ to domestic and international corporates across a panoply of issues, including strategic employment advice accompanying M&A deals, collective bargaining and disputes work. Practice head Seraphim Mar is ‘knowledgeable and communicative’, Howard Shiu is well versed in advising multinationals on employment contractual issues and associate Pamela Tsai has an ‘excellent knowledge of labour laws’.

Leading individuals

Seraphim Mar - Baker McKenzie

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s pre-eminent M&A capability, coupled with its strong insurance industry focus, make it an obvious choice to clients engaged in transactional activity in the sector. Michael Wong handled Allianz SE and Allianz Taiwan Life Insurance’s $28m acquisition of the Taiwan Branch of HSBC Life (International). The firm is also well versed in regulatory issues affecting the industry, as well as handling policy claims and disputes. Tiffany Huang heads the team.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie assists domestic and international clients with protection and exploitation issues across the gamut of IP rights (IPR). The firm has a ‘very strong reputation’ for representing pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation. It has also developed notable strength in trade secrets litigation and the ‘responsive and highly professional’ Grace Shao and Lindy Chern obtained a preliminary injunction for MediaTek, which prevents a former employee from using and disclosing its trade secrets and from working for a PRC competitor. Associate Daisy Chung is ‘calm and smart’.

Leading individuals

Grace Shao - Baker McKenzie

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s two-partner team advises investors, developers, operators, lenders and government agencies on infrastructure and energy projects. Practice head Tiffany Huang has been increasingly active advising on renewable energy sources in line with the country’s greater appetite for this sustainable source; her recent highlights include advice to Philippines company Energy Development Corporation on the local regulatory framework surrounding a potential geothermal project in Taiwan. The team is also involved in numerous project-related disputes including its ongoing work for Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation in several arbitrations with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Other clients include China Petroleum Corporation, Taiwan, Ho-Ping Power and IHI Corporation.

Leading individuals

Justin Liang - Baker McKenzie

Remington Huang - 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 has the resources to handle a range of real estate work, including M&A-related matters, developments, financings and commercial leasing. The team has strong ties with international retailers through its global network and assists several with lease agreements upon entering Taiwan. Tiffany Huang is accomplished at handling construction disputes and is representing Ho-Ping Power Company in an administrative appeal against the penalty imposed on it by the government for its alleged breach of the Air Pollution Prevention Act during the construction of a coal-fired power plant. David Liou is another key name.

Leading individuals

Lindy Chern - Baker McKenzie

Tiffany Huang - Baker McKenzie

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles a mix of transactional (including capital markets and M&A work) as well as regulatory and general commercial work for clients including Acer, DreamWorks Animation and Alcatel-Lucent. Henry Chang is advising Nike Sports (China) on its launch of digital commerce in Taiwan.

Leading individuals

Henry Chang - Baker McKenzie

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Led by Michael Wong, Baker McKenzie’s two-partner practice handles a broad spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters relating to direct and indirect tax. Recent highlights include representing a corporate in a dispute with the tax authorities regarding a contested amount of goodwill attached to the company. The team is also regularly involved in tax structuring associated with M&A transactions and is able to leverage its vast international network to assist with multi-jurisdictional matters.

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    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).