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Capital markets in Taiwan

Baker McKenzie

The sizeable capital markets group at Baker McKenzie is sought out by various high-profile domestic and multinational clients for assistance on a litany of capital market transactions. Working closely with the firm’s corporate and securities practice, the team routinely advises both publicly-listed companies and regulatory agencies on bond issuances, and commodities transaction structuring, and IPOs – both at home and abroad. Alex Chiang focuses on securities transactions for clients in financial services and manufacturing, while Wen-Yen Kang is a seasoned cross-border advisor whose recent highlights include convertible bond offerings and share issuances for some of Taiwan’s leading electronics companies. Mark Tu is similarly well-versed in transnational deals for clients in the component sector, while David Lin is experienced in multi-billion dollar bond listings for some of the region’s most notable financial institutions. All named lawyers are based in Taipei.

Practice head(s):

Wen-Yen Kang; Alex Chiang

Other key lawyers:

David Lin

Key clients

Cathay Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

China Petrochemical Development Corporation

Innolux Corporation

WT Microelectronics Co., Ltd.

Yageo Corporation

Universal Scientific Industrial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Cathay Financial Holding Co., Ltd.

Goldman Sachs Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (SMFG)

Work highlights

  • Acted as Taiwan legal counsel to Innolux Corporation for offering $300, convertible bond on the Singapore Stock Exchange.
  • Acted as the Taiwan legal counsel to Yageo Corporation for offering 63,400,000 common shares worth USD $649.85m on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
  • Acted as the legal counsel to Goldman Sachs, which acted as joint underwriter to offering and listing of TSMC’s USD $1bn Formosa Bonds in Taiwan.

Jones Day

Leveraging its international reputation for financial market work, Jones Day‘s Taipei capital markets practice assists some of the region’s leading corporates and financial institutions on high-yield debt offerings, private placements, and securities exchange listings. Practice head Raymond Wang is a prolific advisor to numerous foreign issuers considering IPOs on either the TSWE or OTC Exchanges. Peggy Lee is noted for her broad experience in capital market transactions, including hybrid debt offerings, PIPEs, and open market purchases. Yen-Chen Chen is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Taipei.

Practice head(s):

Raymond Wang

Other key lawyers:

Peggy Lee; Yen-Chen Chen

Key clients

Chinese Maritime Transport Limited

GF Equipment Rental Sdn. Bhd.

Ting Hsin International Group

Chien Yeh Law Offices

The capital markets group at Chien Yeh Law Offices is well-regarded by numerous Taiwanese and foreign corporates for its capabilities in a range of TWSE, TWO, and TPEx listing applications. In light of the Covid-19-induced slowdown in foreign issuer enquires, the team has increasingly turned its focus to second public offering, convertible bonds, and investments linked to private equity funds. Practice head Gary Hung splits his time between the firm’s corporate and capital markets practice, and specialises in Taipei Exchange listings and comprehensive reviews ahead of SPOs.

Practice head(s):

Gary Hung

Key clients

Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd.

Gemtek Technology Co., Ltd.

CHANG CHUN PETROCHEMICAL CO., LTD.

Ventec International Group Co., Ltd.

Taiwan Financial Holdings Co., Ltd

BankTaiwan Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

GSD Technologies Co., Ltd.

Taipei Exchange

Work highlights

  • Assisted Gongwin Biopharm Holdings Co., Ltd. with due diligence and compliance matters regarding the approval of SPO.
  • Assisted GSD Technologies Co., Ltd. will due diligence and compliance matters regarding the approval of SPO.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates regularly advises domestic and international investment banks, asset managers, and issuers on the full gamut of capital market matters. Drawing on the firm’s ample international resources and specific regional strengths, the team is well placed to handle a range of multi-jurisdictional instructions, including debt and equity offerings, bond issuances, and regulatory analyses. Many of the firm’s multinational clients turn to Jacqueline Fu for advice on cross-strait acquisitions, preferred stock transactions, and delistings. Joseph Tseng concentrates on equity financing transactions on behalf of fast-growth companies in the tech and biotech sector, while James Chen frequently assists clients with Regulation S offerings. Billy Chen is recommended for his capabilities in cross-border capital market deals.

Practice head(s):

James Chen

Key clients

Yuanta Securities (Hong Kong) Company Limited

KGI Asia Limited

Aslan Pharmaceutical

Work highlights

  • Represented Yuanta Securities (Hong Kong) Company Limited, in assisting Aerkomm Inc., regarding bond listing on Singapore Stock Exchange.
  • Represented KGI Asia Limited, in a USD$120m global zero coupon convertible bonds (ECB) offering.
  • Assisted Aslan Pharmaceutical with delisting from the Taipei Exchange.

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

With a history in representing clients in a number of landmark capital market transactions, Lee & Li Attorneys at Law is a strong choice for its deep roster of world-leading investment banks and other financial institutions seeking assistance on securitisations, issuances, and public offerings. C. T. Chang is noted for his broad practice which encompasses equity capital markets and high-profile property insurance settlement cases. Patricia Lin is highly experienced in a wealth of transnational matters, including the issuance of various domestic and foreign depositary receipts, Euro-convertible bonds, and cross-strait issuances on behalf of PRC banks. Abe Sung routinely handles cross-border securitisation deals, while Hsin-Lan Hsu  concentrates on offshore and onshore offering cases. Jessica Wang is recommended for her knowledge of foreign investment applications.

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Wang

Testimonials

‘The team knows our industry and is willing to provide holistic advice.’

‘Lee & Li are experienced and knowledgeable. They are responsive and helpful in addressing our queries and provide quality, clear, and relevant advice.’

‘Patricia Lin has been impressive in demonstrating her knowledge and ability to handle transactions.’

‘The team knows our industry and is willing to provide holistic advise instead of a narrow scope consultation.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

Citibank

JP Morgan

Credit Suisse

Standard Chartered Bank (Taiwan) Limited

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Taipei Branch

Nomura Int’l (HK) Ltd

Barclays Capital Asia Limited

CREDIT AGRICOLE CORPORATE & INVESTMENT BANK TAIPEI BRANCH

Work highlights

  • Conducted due diligence with numerous customers and suppliers of Oneness Biotech Co., Ltd. with a view to identify and assess risks associated with the GDS investment.
  • Acted as Taiwan legal advisor to Zhen Ding Technology Holding Limited on various compliance matters related to a multi-jurisdictional transaction.
  • Advised AT&T Inc on local regulatory filing procedures and compliance matters.

Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law

Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law boasts particular expertise in structured product transactions, advising a host of institutional investors and issuers on equity and debt-linked bonds and securities. George Lin handles a mix of public and private sector mandates,  regularly assisting multinational investment banks and governmental agencies in compliance reviews, note issuances, and master trading agreements. Recent highlights for securities specialist Kaiju Lee include public offerings and major regulatory analyses for OTC derivatives transactions. Ted Liu is recommended for cross-border capital markets disputes. All named lawyers are based between Taipei and Kaohsiung.

Practice head(s):

George Lin; Kaiju Lee

Other key lawyers:

Ted Liu

Testimonials

‘Lin and Partners are extremely proactive and client oriented. They are forward and outward looking and have worked with other legal practitioners from other jurisdictions, such as the UK and Hong Kong, and are experienced in new areas of law such as cryptocurrency.’

‘George Lin is a fantastic partner to work with. He is keen to branch out and work with individuals from other jurisdictions and always looking to provide the best service for his clients. ’

Key clients

Credit Suisse Group

Octava Pte, Ltd

Argoblocks Consulting Co.,Ltd

JKOS Network Co., LTD.

Phycos International Co., Ltd.

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm

Straddling the transactional and the advisory, Tsar & Tsai Law Firm‘s capital markets practice focuses on the issuance and trading of securities, as well as the regulation of various securities firms. Dual-qualified (Taiwan and US) Jackie Lin‘s broad practice focus encompasses a range of listing requirements (both onshore and offshore) and investment products, with recent highlights including high-value, cross-border issuances of convertible bonds. Janice Lin represents Taiwan-listed companies with foreign securities offerings, and advises international developers on the regulatory frameworks governing potential new bond issuances in the local market. Yvonne Liu is recommended for private placements.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Lin; Yvonne Liu

Other key lawyers:

Janice Lin

Key clients

GlobalWafers Co. Ltd.

Qumei Home Furnishings Group

Fitipower Integrated Technology Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted GlobalWafers Co. Ltd. in its issuance and offering of USD $1bn zero coupon convertible bonds.
  • Acted as Taiwan legal counsel to Qumei Home Furnishings Group in its private placement.
  • Advised Fitipower Integrated Technology Inc. and its subsidiary JADARD TECHNOLOGY INC. on JADARD’s contemplated listing in China.

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law

Working with a diverse mix of Taiwanese and foreign-listed corporates, Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law‘s capital markets focus spans private placements, domestic bond issuance, and legal opinion for regulatory compliance concerns. Li-Pu Lee ‘s broad practice sees him handling cross-border transactions, securities portfolio consultations, and due diligence ahead of IPO filings. Terry T.H. Tu focuses on OTC share listings and bond prospectus reviews for overseas subsidiaries of domestic securities companies. Meng Chin Tsai is recommended for her experience in derivative disputes and fund listings.

Other key lawyers:

Terry Tu; Meng Chin Tsai