A key player in the space, Baker McKenzie’s labour and employment department is a broad and experienced outfit with strong capabilities in M&A, restructuring, dismissal, severance, collective bargaining, contracts, and dispute resolution. With a focus on complex cross-strait employment matters, the firm caters to a wide range of domestic and international clients across the healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, retail and technology sectors, and serves as a regular advisor to government agencies on the drafting of new labour legislation. Seraphim Ma is a go-to for M&A employment issues, as well as non-competition and confidentiality matters. Howard Shiu is recommended for his work on trade unions, labour disputes and the gig economy, and routinely advises the Ministry of Labour’s National Development Council. Pamela Tsai brings valuable experience handling mass severance, harassment and discrimination cases, and the resolution of labour disputes.
Labour and employment in Taiwan
Seraphim Ma; Howard Shiu
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Boasting a diverse, high-profile client base, Eiger regularly acts for some of the world’s most recognisable brands in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, retail, technology and financial services. The firm is a trusted local counsel in complex, often cross-border severance disputes involving trade secrets, unfair dismissal and sexual harassment. John Eastwood provides broad employment law experience to multinational tech companies and luxury goods manufacturers. Department co-lead Heather Hsiao specialises in the technology space, acting for world-leading gaming companies, semiconductor manufacturers, and tech start-ups. At the associate level, Joanne Lee is well versed in employment-based dispute resolution within the banking and finance sector, while Nathan Snyder is highly recommended for his work in telecoms and construction.
John Eastwood; Heather Hsiao
Other key lawyers:
Joanne Lee; Nathan Snyder
‘Their USP is the fact that top management takes a personal interest in understanding each project at the outset, which enables them to develop effective strategies as a result. Their advice is clear and candid and based on an excellent grasp of the relevant laws. One feels in good hands working with them.’
‘John Eastwood takes the time to call and discuss each case in detail, personally. He’s passionate about what he does, knows the law inside-out. He’s someone you want in your corner.’
‘John Eastwood and Heather Hsiao have assisted us with numerous clients’ employment issues. They are extremely responsive and provide practical advice.’
Leading beverage distributor
- Advised Corning regarding all aspects of employment law related to its major Taichung plant.
Tsar & Tsai Law Firm
Catering to a host of major domestic and international corporate entities, Tsar & Tsai Law Firm advises on a broad spectrum of employment law matters across a variety of industries. Boasting a strong front bench of partners, the firm specialises in both dispute resolution and drafting of company employment policies. Jennifer Lin regularly assists multinational companies on their employment policies, while former labour court judge Edgar Chen is a key asset in employment-based dispute resolution. Marilyn Wu is a seasoned litigator, with notable experience acting for government bodies, while Jackie Lin focuses on employee relations and employment implications of major M&A transactions.
Other key lawyers:
Jennifer Lin; Edgar Chen; Jackie Lin; Marilyn Wu
Corning Display Technologies Taiwan Co., Ltd.
GOGOX HOLDINGS LIMITED
Johnson & Johnson Taiwan Ltd.
Taobao International Exhibition Industry Alliance Limited
Taiwania Capital Management Corporation
FEI Company, Taiwan Branch (“ FEI Taiwan”)
Willis Towers Watson Taiwan
Apple Daily News
- Acted as HP’s Taiwan counsel, advising on labour conditions, labour pension, employee transfers and other labour law matters in the acquisition of Kinston’s Hyper X gaming division.
- Assisted Citibank Taiwan in employment matters related to the sale of their retail banking business.
The expanding labour and employment practice at Dentons is an impressive outfit handling the full spectrum of employment law matters for some of the largest multinationals operating in Taiwan. The firm is active across a wide range of industries including technology, electronics, healthcare, consumer goods and services, aviation and shipping, and banking and financial services. Tzutien Huang focuses on mass redundancy and corporate restructuring strategies, particularly in the energy, construction, and media sectors. Chinyen Ho is a seasoned litigator with experience in employment-based dispute resolution, as well as collective bargaining and regulatory compliance. Chengkai Wang’s US qualification and expertise in Chinese law are an asset to the firm’s international operations, while experienced trial attorney Naifu Huang is recommended at the associate level.
Tzutien Huang; Chinyen Ho; Chengkai Wang
Other key lawyers:
Roku Holdings, Inc. / Purple Tag (Taiwan) Ltd
Cathay United Bank
Believe International / Believe Taiwan, Inc.
NXP Semiconductors Taiwan Ltd
EPAM Systems, Inc.
China Southern Airlines Taiwan
Xiamen Airlines Taiwan
Mercuries Life Insurance
CoolIT Systems Limited
Novus International Inc
Distell International Ltd, Taiwan Branch
- Advised Roku Holdings, Inc. and its Taiwanese subsidiary Purple Tag (Taiwan) Ltd on employment-related matters and HR policy.
- Advised Believe Taiwan, Inc. on employment matters and Intellectual Property-related disputes.
- Advised CoolIT Systems Taiwan, Inc. on the drafting and reviewing its employment agreements and HR policy.
Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law
One of Taiwan’s leading mid-size firms, Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law‘s employment practice advises a wide range of domestic and international entities on the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters. With broad multi-industry experience, the firm is regularly engaged across the transportation, construction, technology, gaming, automotive, e-commerce, and aviation sectors. George Lin leads the department with 30 years’ corporate law experience, and is a key contact for drafting corporate labour policies, dispute resolution, and mass redundancy strategic planning. David Lee focuses on non-compete agreements, trade secrets protection and wrongful termination, as well as contract negotiations following corporate restructurings. Asosciate Arige Sun’s experience at the New Taipei City Government Labour Affairs Bureau and the Taiwan Ministry of Labour informs her work on work rules, employment contracts and regulatory compliance.
George Lin; David Lee
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Taoyuan Metro Corporation
Chen & Lin Attorneys-at-Law
Servicing a range of multinational and domestic corporations, Chen & Lin Attorneys-at-Law is a key domestic firm with strong labour and employment credentials. Led by Che-Hung Chen and Jakob Huang , the team advise clients on the full spectrum of labour and employment issues, including redundancy and layoffs, non-competition issues, trade secrets matters, retention obligations, wages and benefits, gender equality, contract negotiation, and regulatory compliance.
Che-Hung Chen; Jakob Huang
Guo Ju Law Firm
Guo Ju Law Firm’s employment arm handles a wide range of labour disputes, mediations, and restructuring issues for domestic and international clients operating in Taiwan and Greater China. Department head Paul Chu is a seasoned attorney and arbitrator with extensive experience in high-level terminations, compensation claims, and unfair practice settlements, and is a regular advisor to the Ministry of Labour. Jill Hsu is noted for her regulatory compliance work in domestic and cross-border employment matters.
Paul Chu; Jill Hsu
Cyuan Ciou Hua Ren Company (1111 Job Bank)
Hitachi Power Grids Taiwan Co., Ltd
GE Power Taiwan Ltd.
Kao (Taiwan) Corporation
Hainan Airlines Co., Ltd
Taipei Computer Association
LCS & Partners
LCS & Partners’ employment practice team has extensive experience in representing global companies in handling their labour and employment law issues in Taiwan. The firm handles the full gamut of labour disputes including pension and termination matters, contract negotiation, and regulatory compliance, as well as advising clients on labour law issues in connection with M&A transactions. David Chuang and Margaret Huang lead the department.
David Chuang; Margaret Huang