Firms To Watch: Labour and employment

The growing Taipei practice at Dentons handles myriad cross-border labour law mandates for blue-chip multinationals with a presence in the Taiwanese market. Tzutien Huang regularly works with leading players in cement, energy, and media on mass redundancies and reorganisation plans. Chinyen Ho specialises in collective negations with unions, and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in employment disputes at the trial and appellate level. Chengkai Wang is also recommended.
Jointly headed up by Chung-Teh Lee and Elizabeth Pai, Lee, Tsai & Partners acts for a diverse roster of multinational conglomerates, spanning from engineering to hospitality.
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Labour and employment in Taiwan

Baker McKenzie

The market-leading employment team at Baker McKenzie enjoys a stellar reputation among its diverse roster of domestic and international corporate clients, who regularly turn to the team for assistance on the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious labour law issues. Cross-strait employment matters are a core strength for a team that is also well-versed in post-transaction labour force reorganisations, TUPE transfers, collective bargaining proceedings, and international work permit applications. Seraphim Ma is a key port of call for clients with interests in mainland China, while Howard Shiu is noted for his capabilities in labour disputes, mass severance, and company-wide compliance reviews. Pamela Tsai is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Seraphim Ma; Howard Shiu

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Tsai

Eiger

Eiger‘s employment practice works with a mixture of high-profile multinationals active across a number of industries including entertainment, technology, financial services, and luxury retail. In recent months, the team has been increasingly engaged on complex, Covid-related assignments from major players in the pharmaceutical, energy, and hospitality sectors. John Eastwood routinely assists major tech companies and fashion houses with the full gamut of employment and HR issues, while Heather Hsiao is recommended her tech focus – managing various labour and employment cases for world-leading gaming companies, industrial components producers, and robotics developers. Joanne Lee  is noted for financial services and hospitality mandates. All named lawyers are based in Taipei.

Practice head(s):

John Eastwood; Heather Hsiao

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Lee

Key clients

Dyson

London Stock Exchange Group

Marriott

Morgan Stanley

Nokia

Pfizer

Verizon

Gore (Goretex)

TFL

Broadcom

Work highlights

  • Assisting Dyson with the full range of local employment matters.
  • Assisting the London Stock Exchange Group with the full range of local employment matters.
  • Advising the Marriott Group on Taiwan employment matters and handling of employment disputes.

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm is a go-to firm for a host of major domestic and international companies seeking assistance on employee contract reviews, TUPE transfers, mass redundancies, and compensation and benefit policies. Practice head Randy H.C. Tsai  advises clients on the retention of employees following M&A transactions, and represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations and unfair labour practice proceedings. Former labour court judge Edgar Chen is highly experienced in employment mediations and disputes for a broad global client base, while Jackie Lin is noted for her focus on multinational employee benefit plans and share agreements. Yvonne Liu  is recommended for employee transfers.

Practice head(s):

Randy Tsai; Vincent Wang

Other key lawyers:

Edgar Chen ; Jackie Lin; Yvonne Liu

Key clients

Micron Technology Taiwan and Micron Technology Inc.

Micron Technology Inc. and Micron Memory Taiwan

Nextmedia Limited

HP Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Micron to successfully obtain a guilty verdict for its criminal complaint against a former employee for misappropriation of its trade secrets.
  • Advising on the indictment of United Microelectronics Corporation and its three employees
  • Advising Nextmedia Limited regarding the mass redundancy plan for the print media business of Apple Daily News.

Winkler Partners

Winkler Partners‘ strong reputation in the market is underpinned by its roster of prominent entertainment, tech, and pharmaceutical clients, who turn to the team for its expertise in contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The team regularly handles a myriad of instructions regarding contract agreements, restrictive covenants, and obtaining work permits for foreign executives and industry specialists. Christine Chen  works with a number of American and Japanese corporates on a host of residency and relocation issues, and data protection advisory mandates. Ming Teng concentrates on benefits, terminations, and other employer-employee disputes arising from transactions. Over the course of the past year, Helen Chen has been a key contact for companies seeking assistance on mass layoffs, in light of the effects of Covid-19.

Practice head(s):

Christine Chen

Other key lawyers:

Ming Teng; Helen Chen

Work highlights

  • Assisting an American semiconductor company with work permit and visa applications.
  • Assisting an American entertainment conglomerate with transfer of employees following an acquisition.
  • Assisting a Japanese financial company with employment agreement localisation.

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law

Utilising its multi-disciplinary team structure, Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law draws on its expertise in a range of industries and sectors to advise a range of high profile regional clients in semiconductors, aviation, mass transit, energy, and consumer goods. Li-Pu Lee is especially experienced in immigration matters for multinationals, intracompany transfers, and redundancy plans arising out of corporate restructurings and M&A. Jessie C.Y. Lee is noted for her expertise in major layoffs and labour dispute resolution, acting as a mediator between unions and employers on a regular basis. Jia-Wei Chao  focuses on litigations, arbitrations, and the labour law aspects of corporate reorganisations.

Other key lawyers:

Jia-Wei Chao

Guo Ju Law Firm

The employment practice at Guo Ju Law Firm handles a litany of labour disputes, mediations, and restructuring issues for Taiwanese-listed corporations and multinational conglomerates alike. Paul Chu is a highly active partner who is regarded for his arbitration capabilities in cases regarding unfair dismissal, high-level terminations, compensation claims, and unfair practice settlements. Jill Hsu is recommended for her experience in regulatory reviews and working time reduction measures arising from the pandemic. All named lawyers are based in Taipei.

Practice head(s):

Paul Chu ; Jill Hsu

Key clients

ABB LTD.

Hitachi Power Grids Taiwan Co., Ltd

GE Power Taiwan Ltd.

Kao (Taiwan) Corporation

Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd

Ansys Inc

Taipei Computer Association

HTC Corporation

Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law

Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law‘s employment practice advises a mix of foreign multinationals, Taiwanese corporates, and public sector bodies on the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters.  Recent key work streams for the team include on-site labour inspections, trade secret protection enforcements, and a wave of collective redundancy related enquiries in the wake of the pandemic. George Lin‘s significant experience in the corporate and commercial sphere makes him a key contact for companies seeking both general labour counsel and specific dispute representation.  David Lee advises international clients on policy and regulatory changes, and employment contract negotiations following restructurings. All named lawyers are based between Taipei and Kaohsiung.

Practice head(s):

George Lin; David Lee

Testimonials

‘The firm has a very warm and personal touch in their delivery of legal services. They ensure that they fully understand the legal and business concerns of the client. They go above and beyond what is requested, and offer practical solutions to legal problems.’

Key clients

Civil Aeronautics Administration, Ministry of Transportation and Communication

Taoyuan Metro Corporation