TMT in Taiwan

Baker McKenzie has experience in advising foreign and local media companies, including local cable and satellite television stations, print media organisations, music publication and distribution companies, clients in the film industry and film personalities. The team handles matters relating to advertising content, data protection, telecoms licences, the acquisition of broadcast and multimedia rights and online commercial disputes. Henry Chang heads the practice, and is leading a team advising Facebook on streaming content which bypasses traditional telecoms providers.

Practice head(s):

Henry Chang

Key clients

Google LLC

Shiseido Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Cubic Telecom

KHL Capital

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Acted as special counsel for Google and advised on tax structuring issues and the structuring of the investment.
  • Provided our advice in relation to data protection regulations for Shiseido.
  • Advised Cubic Telecom in relation to telecom regulations involving connected cars.
  • We advised a consortium led by KHL Capital chairman Gary Kuo to acquire CNS Cable Corp., a multiple systems operator, from MBK Partners.
  • Advised Facebook on OTT regulations.

Jones Day's global reach platform complements the Taipei practice's focus on cross-border technology transactions. The team includes lawyers with experience in M&A transactions, cross-border asset acquisitions, local regulatory issues, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. The practice group is jointly headed by Tommy Chen, who has substantial experience in technology licensing and tech transfers, and John Lin, who was a lead partner in General Plastic Industrial's $96m acquisition of printer supplier Katun Corporation. Another name to note is Raymond Wang, who advises on antitrust and competition matters for telecoms and technology companies.

Practice head(s):

Tommy Chen; John Lin

Other key lawyers:

Raymond Wang

Key clients

Micron Technology

Siliconware Precision Industries Co.

Hermes Microvision

Dentsu Aegis Network

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Holy Stone Enterprise

General Plastic Industrial Co., Ltd.

Qisda Corporation

Hermes Epitek

Fubon Financial Holding

Work highlights

  • Represented outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) company – concerning the formation of a holding company with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering.
  • Advised General Plastic Company on its acquisition of Katun Corporation, a provider of OEM-compatible imaging supplies, toner, photoreceptors, and parts for copiers, printers, and other equipment, from private equity fund, Monomoy Capital Partners, in a deal worth $96m.
  • Assisted Qisda Corporation, an Original Design Manufacturing and Original Equipment Manufacturing company, to acquire a majority stake in DFI Inc, a motherboard and displays manufacturer.
  • Assisted Universal Vision Biotechnology, a company listed on Taipei Exchange, in forming a joint venture with Hangzhou Dian Holding Limited.
  • Represented Taiwan Mask Corporation, a leading reticle and photomask manufacturer with fully equipped facilities in the field of semiconductor industry, in the acquisition of majority shares in Weida Hi-Tech Co., Ltd, from multiple individual shareholders.

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm's TMT group has considerable experience in structuring deals and advising on matters related to telecoms and IT such as cable laws, satellite laws and direct broadcasting, cell phone and IT services, and licensing. The team also has an expanding focus on the e-commerce sector. Yvonne Liu has been advising Alipay, Alibaba and Taobao on data protection and payment services regulation.

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne Liu

Key clients

Alipay

Alibaba and Taobao

Work highlights

  • Advised Alipay on data protection laws and relevant regulations relating to offering payment services.
  • Advised Alibaba and Taobao, a subsidiary, on data protection and Taiwanese data regulation.

Eiger has particular strengths in IT and telecoms work, where it advises on data protection, regulatory matters and cyber-security. Several team members have backgrounds in Taiwan's technology sector, and its TMT practice also works closely with the IP team to provide comprehensive service in tech sectors mandates. The practice group is jointly headed by John Eastwood and Heather Hsiao, and also includes associates Nathan Snyder and Wendy Chu, who has assisted with several cases involving major telecoms multinationals. Also of note, Edward Swift joined from Dolby, strengthening the team's technological expertise.

Practice head(s):

John Eastwood; Heather Hsiao

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Snyder; Wendy Chu; Edward Swift

Work highlights

  • Review of personal data protection policies for a US-based software multinational.
  • Reputation-protection campaign involving letters sent to all the major online and bricks-and-mortar bookstores in Taiwan to stop the sale and distribution of a book deemed defamatory about the client, a Magic Circle firm.
  • Review of personal data and cyber-security issues for a European financial services provider.
  • Review of personal data protection policies for a major outsourcing organization.
  • Review of data protection policies and e-commerce compliance for a luxury goods brand.

Guo Ju Law Firm deals with domestic transactional, regulatory, licensing and IP matters in the public and private sectors. The team is working to develop its data protection offering, and has developing expertise in the fintech and healthcare sectors. The practice group is jointly headed by Paul Chu and Ingrid Tsai.

Practice head(s):

Paul Chu; Ingrid Tsai

Key clients

Ministry of Economic Affairs

Development and Evaluation Commission, Executive Yuan

Ministry of Finance

National Taxation Bureau, Ministry of Finance

Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare

Ministry of the Interior

Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd

The Bankers Association

Taiwan Power Company

Work highlights

  • Audited the Taiwan Environmental Agency’s ‘Green Points System’, which allows those participating to collect ‘points’ by using public transportation or making sustainable purchases.
  • Assisted Chuan Lian Enterprise Co., a retailer, to set up an e-payment system.

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law offers a range of TMT services, including advice on commercial contracts and licensing. Among the team's clients are a major music streaming platform, an AI company, and online payment services companies. The key figure in the team is Lipu Lee, who has extensive experience acting for start-ups.

Other key lawyers:

Lipu Lee

Work highlights

  • Provided a consultation on TMT regulations to a Korean company working with automotive AI.
  • Provided a consultation to a US-based carmaker expanding their in-car entertainment systems.
  • Assisted a music streaming platform with its payment scheme.

Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law acts for local and international technology and telecoms companies, and has a particular strength in contentious work, acting alongside its IP and disputes practices. The team has also handled investments by private funds into the hi-tech sector. George Lin and Kaiju Lee jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

George Lin; Kaiju Lee

Key clients

Nutmeg Saving and Investment Limited

Colour Life Services Group Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Nutmeg Saving and Investment on robot banking, a new type of financial advisory service.