Dispute resolution in Taiwan

Baker McKenzie

Under the joint leadership of David Liou and Henry Chang, Baker McKenzie’s reputable dispute resolution practice represents a litany of domestic and foreign corporates and high-net-worth individuals in an array of contentious matters. Recent highlights for the team include a number of high-profile accident disputes, litigating against various public bodies. David Liou is a veteran presence in the contentious space who routinely leads cases for clients operating in a wide variety of sectors. Henry Chang is highly experienced in a myriad of dispute resolution and arbitration cases, acting for key multinationals before some of the highest courts in the country.

Practice head(s):

David Liou; Henry Chang

Testimonials

‘Excellent throughout the years with project support which makes the team a resourceful and knowledgeable support. Very proactive. Excellent cooperation and responsiveness.’

‘David Liou is highly responsive, always on top of matters, a guide through the years of cooperation.’

 

Key clients

Maeda Corp.

Lee Chang Yung (LCY) Chemical Industry Corporation

Taishin Financial Holding Co., Ltd.

Mr. Norman Silver

Work highlights

  • Represented Maeda Corporation in a $56.47m construction accident dispute.
  • Represented LCY Chemical in negotiating with Kaohsiung City Government to reach a $13.24m settlement.
  • Represented Taishin Financial Holding Co., Ltd. in a dispute with the Ministry of Finance over its $552m purchase of a majority stake in Chang Hwa Bank.

Jones Day

Jones Day fields one of the strongest contentious practices in the market. Working closely with the corporate group, the team works with a myriad of high-profile domestic and foreign clients on cross-border, often multi-jurisdictional disputes. Former civil and criminal judge Jason Chen brings to bear a wealth of experience in commercial arbitrations, and cases regarding hostile takeovers and breaches of securities law. Ming-Wei Lo routinely handles white collar criminal proceedings arising from allegations of insider trading, financial statement misrepresentations, and breach of trust. Simon Yu has a niche in food safety litigation, working on class-action product liability defences and catastrophic accident disputes, often supported by Chen-Gang Yen. Marianne Chao is noted for cross-border arbitrations for clients in financial services, and infrastructure.

Other key lawyers:

Chen-Gang Yen; Marianne Chao

Key clients

Ting Hsin International Group

Nomura Global Financial Products Inc.

EFG Bank AG

Broadcasting Corporation of China

Wang Chi-pang

Fetek Technology Corporation

China General Terminal and Distribution Corp. (USI Group)

SinoPac Financial Holdings Co., Ltd.

Audi Volkswagen

Lin, Rong-Jin

Capxon International Electronic Company Limited

HayDay Farm Holdings, LTD.

Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law

A multitude of high-profile domestic and international entities seek Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law out for assistance in a range of litigation and corporate disputes. In recent months, the team has defended a number of financial services corporations and energy companies in white-collar criminal proceedings, where Matthew Chen is a key contact. Seasoned litigator George Lin routinely represents many of the firm's foreign corporate clients in cross-strait and other transnational arbitrations. Iris Chen and Felix Yu are both central to the team's dedicated government procurement litigation practice: Chen specialises in infrastructure and public-private partnership cases, while Yu focuses on administrative proceedings. Phoebe Huang is recommended for civil disputes. All named lawyers work between Taipei and Kaohsiung.

Practice head(s):

George Lin; Matthew Chen

Other key lawyers:

Iris Chen ; Felix Yu; Phoebe Huang

Testimonials

‘The managing partner George Lin and our case lawyer Mathew Chen are both excellent legal counsels. Our cases are very complex, spanning across decades and involving billions of dollars. High degree of expertise, professionalism, and tenacity in the last three years.’

Immediate response in the course of the case, keeping customers well informed of the developments

Precise and accurate analysis/evaluation of the case, coming out with effective strategies.’

Key clients

National Taiwan University

Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles, S.A.

Kaohsiung City Government – Bureau of Legal Affairs

MRT Engineering Office, Bureau of High Speed Rail, Ministry of Transportation and Communications

Railway Reconstruction Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications

Bank Sinopac Co., Ltd.

National Women’s League of the Republic of China

Chung Kuo Insurance Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Legal counsel to Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles, S.A., representing the client in numerous litigation cases concerning the Kaohsiung LRT project in Taiwan.

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm is a go-to practice for dispute resolution in Taiwan. Co-headed by Edgar Chen and Vincent Lin , the team routinely represents clients in an array of settings, from the administrative court to the supreme court, and in ICC-governed arbitrations. Chen leads on numerous high-profile civil and criminal cases for blue-chip consumer goods conglomerates, chemical companies, and Taiwan-listed entities. Jennifer Lin's broad dispute experience sees her handling infringement cases and cross-strait criminal proceedings for various multinationals. Jeanne Wang assists high-tech companies on IP and antitrust litigations  Former public prosecutors Josh Fan  and Judie Sun specialise in securities law violations and government procurement disputes, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Edgar Chen ; Vincent Lin

Key clients

Chang Chun Plastics Co., Ltd.

Giga Solar

Micron Technology Taiwan and Micron Technology Inc.

Micron Technology Inc. and Micron Memory Taiwan

LeDi Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Chang Chun Plastics Co., Ltd. in a claim against a former employee who was found guilty of misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Successfully representing Giga Solar as defendant in a patent infringement claim, upholding the Supreme Court’s judgements.
  • Assisting Micron to successfully obtain a guilty verdict for its criminal complaint against a former employee for misappropriation of trade secrets.

Chien Yeh Law Offices

Chien Yeh Law Offices works with various Taiwanese entities on civil litigations, arbitrations, and associated negotiations. The practice handles disputes ranging from securities exchange, unfair competition, and litigations related to the 2015 personal information protection act. Henry Han is noted for his expertise in compulsory enforcement actions – including successful seizures – and tort damage defences. Michael Wang is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michael Wang

Other key lawyers:

Henry Han

Key clients

WOWPRIME CORP.

SEGA AMUSEMENTS TAIWAN LTD.

Synnex Technology International Corporation

VISUAL PHOTONICS EPITAXY CO., LTD.

JIAN FOODS INCORPORATION

TAIWAN YUBO CO., LTD.(Uber Taiwan)

UPC TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION

Min-Sheng General Hospital

KISCO (TAIWAN) LTD.

XPEC Entertainment

PCG BROS SPORTS MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.

FUJITSU TAIWAN LTD.

Lion Travel Service Co., Ltd.

Taisun Enterprise Co., Ltd

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law has significant experience acting in civil, criminal, and administrative disputes regarding construction contracts, public procurement, competition, energy, and IP. Li-Pu Lee  and Shiue-Chuan Wang both represent a slew of multinational corporates in arbitration proceedings under ICC rules, and handles mediations before Taiwan's public construction committee for key developers in rail and nuclear power. Jessie C.Y. Lee is experienced in BOT contract disputes and labour union litigations, while Kuo-Ming Huang regularly assists US and listed companies mount defences against various criminal allegations.

Other key lawyers:

Shiue-Chuan Wang; Kuo-Ming Huang

K&L Gates

A host of clients from the worlds of energy, IT, and financial services rely on K&L Gates for assistance in all manner of commercial disputes, regulatory investigations, and enforcement proceedings. Over the course of the past year, the team has advised on toxic tort litigations, construction disputes, white collar investigations, and government procurement matters. Shilin Huang represents local and international businesses in arbitrations administered under a diverse range of official bodies, including the ICC, the CIETAC, and the Chinese Arbitration Association. Lu-Shin Lee focuses on commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Shilin Huang

Other key lawyers:

Lu-Shin Lee

Testimonials

‘Strong professional ability and good sense of collaboration.’

Key clients

Chinatrust Commercial Bank

Chinatrust Financial Holdings

China Petrochemical Development Corp.

Work highlights

  • Representing CPDC in a follow-on litigation to challenge the judgment handed down by the Supreme Court in connection with the highly publicised 2018 toxic tort litigation.
  • Successfully defended Chinatrust against accusations made against its management team that alleged the team violated various provisions of the Security Exchange Act when it attempted to take over Mega Financial Holding in 2005 and 2006.
  • Represented Chinatrust in its defence against prosecution office accusations.

Brain Trust International Law Firm

Brain Trust International Law Firm is a popular destination for multiple domestic, US-listed, and other foreign clients seeking representation in transnational disputes and domestic litigations. The practice's broad expertise encompasses arbitration award enforcements, aviation and maritime indemnity disputes, and criminal violations of the 2021 securities exchange act. Practice head Hung Ou Yang handles various highly technical contentious instructions, including cross-border bank fraud allegations and payment recovery proceedings. Greta Chen is a key figure within the practice for anti-dumping investigations, having secured a number of favourable rulings for foreign clients operating in the local market. Dual-qualified (US and Taiwan) Fred Lin focuses on cross-border disputes, including US-initiated asset-tracing lawsuits.

Practice head(s):

Hung Ou Yang

Other key lawyers:

Greta Chen; Fred Lin

Testimonials

‘Brain Trust International Law Firm works very efficiently with less bureaucracy steps that normally happens in other firms. Good communication and responsiveness.’

‘Managed to understand the client’s needs and tailor the service appropriately.’

Key clients

Varmora Granito PVT. LTD.

Icon Granito Private Limited

Neelson Ceramic LLP

Kera Vitrified LLP

Comet Granito PVT. LTD.

Simpolo Vitrified PVT

Ideal Bike Corporation

PT Indo Kordsa Tbk

Galaxy Microsystems Ltd.

OCI Company Ltd.

Hexion Inc.

LC Future Center Limited Taiwan Branch

HPC Technology Inc.

Amlogic Co., Limited

Taipei WangTea Ltd.

Long-Woo Metal Company Limited

Hainachuan Digital Technology Co., Ltd

Leading Edge Ltd.

B.F.F International Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented the Indian Manufacturers in the preliminary injury determination hearing conducted by Ministry of Economic Affairs (“MOEA”) and will continue to advise them in the subsequent dumping investigation process conducted by Ministry of Finance (“MOF”).
  • Advised and represented PT Indo Kordsa Tbk for its corporate internal investigation, exposing a Taiwanese trade company’s fraudulent activities.
  • Advised Ideal Bike Corporation’s subsidiary for Louis Garneau’s bankruptcy’s petition in Canada.

Innovatus Law

Innovatus Law attracts instructions from a diverse range of Taiwanese and foreign companies seeking assistance on contentious matters. Beyond its core competencies in white collar crime and corporate control disputes, the team boasts niche expertise in family business disputes and conflict avoidance strategies. Practice head Derek T.C. Sun  routinely handles work for clients in electricity, energy, and infrastructure. Eve Tsai focuses on commercial and competition litigation in the high-tech sector for both domestic and US-listed companies.

Practice head(s):

Derek Sun

Other key lawyers:

Eve Tsai

Testimonials

‘Innovatus Law can provide clients with professional legal advice, especially with its professional strategies and skills in external negotiations and litigation procedures.’

‘A firm that provides real solutions.’

‘English law capabilities and intelligent legal advice backed by research and analysis.’

‘The team is very professional and knowledgeable. Very attentive and courteous to their clients.’

‘The team has managed to provide outside-the box legal insights that the other major Taiwanese law firms have not been able to provide to us.’

‘Derek Sun and Eve Tsai recently supported us turning a major dispute resolution with a very tough counter-party (which the other law firms failed to do so).’

‘Derek Sun, the lead lawyer and managing partner of the firm, is excellent. He can explain the case situation clearly to us and suggest the best course of action and overall strategy. He has the ability to induce client’s confidence and comfort.’

Key clients

FamilyMart

Kuai Kuai

XPEC Entertainment

ENG Electric

Work highlights

  • Represented Kuai Kuai against Ting Hsin Oil and Fat Industrial Co in a high-profile civil lawsuit for Ting Hsin’s tainted oil.
  • Represented FamilyMart in a series of lawsuits regarding the franchise agreements and fair trade issues.
  • Represented Devin Hsieh, the former CFO of XPEC Entertainment Inc., for lawsuits regarding securities fraud, financial statement fraud, and non-arm’s length transaction.

Winkler Partners

A number of corporates from the diverse worlds of entertainment, tech companies, apparel, and finance rely on Winkler Partners for assistance in commercial disputes. The team enjoys an especially strong reputation in IP litigation, with Gary Kuo and Ling-Ying Hsu  handling a steady flow of arbitral award enforcements and civil proceedings. Christine Chen focuses on disputes arising from employment contracts – including mass redundancies - and cross-border payment recovery matters. Brian Wang is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Gary Kuo; Christine Chen

Other key lawyers:

Ling-Ying Hsu; Brian Wang

Testimonials

‘Winkler Partners have been providing valuable guidelines for us with their main expertise in IP since 2018. Their insight on dispute resolution has helped us resolve cases in both Taiwan and South Korea. Winkler Partners’ solutions-oriented service enabled us to resolve complex cross-border cases promptly and clearly.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a German athletic brand in a long-running trademark dispute.
  • Negotiated a settlement for American Internet company in a trademark dispute.
  • Advised a Singaporean consulting company on non-compete dispute with a Taiwanese employee.

Zoomlaw Attorneys-At-Law

With offices in New Taipei City, Hsinchu, and Suzhou, Zoomlaw Attorneys-At-Law's cross-strait presence makes it ideally positioned to advise a diverse roster of Taiwanese and Chinese clients on global trademark and patent filings, and litigations. Practice head Kuo-Hua Fan is a highly active partner whose broad focus encompasses global anti-counterfeiting, white collar litigation, and cross-strait commerce disputes. Ling-Hao Kuo is recommended for civil and administrative litigation, and government procurement matters. All named lawyers are based in the firm's New Taipei City headquarters.

Practice head(s):

Kuohua Fan

Other key lawyers:

Ling-Hao Kuo

Key clients

Tingyi (Cayman Islands)Holding Corp

WEIYU TECH CO.,LTD.

Innodisk Corporation

3R Life Sciences Corporation

Sichuan Beiteer Rubber Technology Co., Ltd.

Chanble Co. Ltd.

Face to Face Noodle House

Work highlights

  • Advised Green Energy Technology on insider trading litigation and OEM agreement disputes.
  • Advised Sichuan Beiteer Rubber Technology Co on an unsettled payment.
  • Advised Tingyi on global trademark applications and against trademark squatters on multiple countries.