Antitrust and competition in Taiwan

Baker McKenzie

Leveraging the firm's international network, Baker McKenzie is highly respected for its expertise in advising international companies on Taiwan's Fair Trade Law. Services provided by the group include advising clients on FTC hearings, representing clients in pre-merger filings before the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission, advising on the FTC's leniency programme, and advising on antitrust compliance. Veteran antitrust litigator Sonya Hsu heads the practice, while Fang-Yi Jen is an experienced merger control and cartel specialist.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Wang; H. Henry Chang; Sonya Hsu

Other key lawyers:

Fang-Yi Jen

Testimonials

Efficient

Cares about costs

Key clients

Sumitomo Mitsui

Itochu

Sonoco Products

Varian Medical Sys.

KHL Group

JSR Corp.

Daimler AG

AbbVie

Zespri

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

CSL Behring Beteiligungs- und Verwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG

Evergreen

Nidec Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Itochu, a general trading company, to make a pre-merger filing before the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission in a $665m deal.
  • Represented KHL Capital Group to make a pre-merger filing before the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission in a $1.68bn deal to acquire China Network Systems, a TV operator.
  • Provided Daimler with advice on Taiwanese antitrust law on a retainer basis.
  • Represented Evergreen shipping company in a US Department of Justice investigation.
  • Assisted Nidec Corporation, a car company, to conduct a multinational merger filing analysis when it purchased majority shares of Chaun-Choung Technology Corp. through its public offering.

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law handles merger approval applications, administrative litigation, and investigations by the Taiwan Free Trade Commission. The team also advises companies on consumer rights, consumer protection and customer complaints, and has particular expertise in mandates involving the semiconductor sector. A key figure in the team is Chiu-Hua Chen, who is experienced in competition law and has an active public procurement practice.

Other key lawyers:

Chiu-Hua Chen

Work highlights

  • Acted for an electric vehicle manufacturer in an investigation by the Taiwan Free Trade Commission.
  • Acted for a semiconductor manufacturer in an investigation by the Taiwan Free Trade Commission with potential sanctions for overcharging patent royalties.
  • Acted for a consumer goods retailer accused of price manipulation in an investigation by the Taiwan Free Trade Commission.
  • Acted for a construction materials supplier accused of price fixing in an investigation by the Taiwan Free Trade Commission.

Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law

The team at Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law provides a full range of services in the antitrust and competition space. The team handles international competition investigations, pre-merger filings and antitrust audits, advises on civil antitrust legislation, and also provides comprehensive advice on compliance programmes. Notable individuals include practice head Alex Liu who has extensive experience with the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission and is an adviser to the International Competition Network. The group handles both domestic and cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Alex Liu

Key clients

Praxair Inc.

Merck KGaA

Laiwu Iron & Steel Group Co., Ltd.

Colour Life Services Group Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Handled merger filing for Praxair in a $90bn merger between Praxair and Linde.
  • Handled merger filing for Merck, a pharmaceuticals company, in a $6.5bn merger with Versum.
  • Advised Laiwu Iron and Steel on Taiwan regulatory and compliance law.

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm has a broad service offering, assisting clients on merger filing and leniency claims, providing antitrust compliance training and representing clients before the Taiwan Supreme Administrative Court. The team is experienced in representing companies in administrative and government initiated litigation, particularly in matters involving antitrust law and intellectual property law. The practice is headed by Jennifer Lin and Matt Liu, who has experience as a former officer of the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission and advised clients across a wide range of industries. Senior associate Yichu Chen is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Matt Liu; Jennifer Lin

Testimonials

‘Strong and extremely well-respected’

Matt Liu leaves no stone unturned’

Key clients

Linde AG

PepsiCo

LG Electronics and Lufthansa Technik

Applied Materials

Work highlights

  • Assisted Linde, an industrial gas company, to obtain clearance of its merger with Praxair.
  • Assited PepsiCo to obtain clearance for its acquisition of SodaStream.
  • Assisted both LG Electronics and Lufthansa Technik to obtain clearance of a joint venture business.