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Firms To Watch: TMT

Innovatus Law works with national regulators, governmental departments, and Taiwanese-listed tech companies on a range of public and private sector mandates. The US Bar admitted co-practice head Jamie C. Yang is noted for her IP capabilities.
Shay & Partners' sizeable team works with a number of domestic and foreign clients across the media and telecoms sectors, with noted expertise in the regulatory frameworks governing the communications market, privacy law, and contentious proceedings. The practice is also noted for its work in the IT and digital commerce arenas.

TMT in Taiwan

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie enjoys a sterling reputation in the TMT space, working with a strong roster of leading regional corporates on the full spectrum of advisory and transactional mandates. Under the leadership of the highly experienced Henry Chang, the team routinely guides clients on regulatory telecom and online services frameworks, license applications, content provider agreements, and disputes arising thereof. Louis Hsieh is a highly active partner within the group, handling a myriad of telecom and media sector transactions, pre-merger filings, and disputes at the High Court and Supreme Court. All named lawyers are based in Taipei.

Practice head(s):

Henry Chang

Other key lawyers:

Louis Hsieh

Key clients

Agoda Company Pte. Ltd.

Bytedance Inc.

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Workday, Inc.

Cato Networks (Singapore) Pte Ltd

SAP SE

NTT Docomo, Inc.

KHL Capital/Growww Co. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Bytedance Inc on telecoms regulatory requirements.
  • Advised SAP SE on telecom license requirements.
  • Advised NTT Docomo Inc on IoT service.

Jones Day

Jones Day‘s market-leading TMT practice draws on the firm’s far-reaching international platform to advise on cross-border mandates in a host of markets. The team is highly regarded by clients for its broad capabilities, ranging from day-to-day advisory mandates for media and telecoms players, to high-value M&A and strategic investments. Two partners oversee the department: seasoned tech licensing and transfer expert Tommy Chen, and transactional specialist John Lin. Raymond Wang routinely handles share swaps, public tender offers, and take-privates for tech and telecom companies, while Jeffrey Wang is recommended for his knowledge of corporate governance and experience in broadcasting deals.

Practice head(s):

Tommy ChenJohn Lin

Other key lawyers:

Raymond Wang; Jeffrey Wang

Key clients

Yulon Group

Diodes Incorporated

Qisda Corporation

Catcher Technology Co., Ltd.

Gigamedia Ltd.

BizLink Holding Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Yulon Motor Co. Ltd. on forming a strategic alliance with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd.
  • Advised the Special Committee of the Board of Diodes Incorporated on its acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor Corporation.
  • Advised Qisda Corporation on its public tender offer to purchase a stake of Alpha Networks Inc.

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm

Various blue-chip companies, payment service providers, and domestic government departments turn to the TMT group at Tsar & Tsai Law Firm for transactional and advisory assistance. Jointly led by James Cheng and Jeanne Wang, the team is experienced in deal structuring, broadcasting law, and licensing matters. Yvonne Liu anchors the team’s e-commerce offering, working with major global businesses on cross-border data protection and regulatory reviews. Jennifer Lin works with tech multinationals and public sector bodies on licensing and patent issues.

Practice head(s):

James ChengJeanne Wang

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne Liu ; Jennifer Lin 

Key clients

Alibaba Cloud

Alipay and Ant Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Alibaba Cloud on regulatory issues.
  • Advised Alipay and Ant Group on regulatory issues.

Eiger

Renowned by clients for its cross-border capabilities in tech, media, and e-commerce, Eiger routinely acts for a broad roster of blue-chip international corporates. John Eastwood‘s practice encompasses data protection, e-commerce and advertising issues for world-leading luxury fashion houses and prestigious publishing groups with local market operations. Heather Hsiao handles licensing and reputation protection mandates, while Wendy Chu is noted for her knowledge of regulatory frameworks shaping Taiwan’s telecom sector, Nathan Snyder is recommended for contract reviews and compliance.

Practice head(s):

John Eastwood; Heather Hsiao

Other key lawyers:

Wendy Chu; Nathan Snyder

Testimonials

‘The firm was highly recommended to us by colleagues of our partner firm from Singapore a few years ago and we are so satisfied with the cooperation that we have stayed with Eiger. Highly qualified and managed to deliver very satisfactory work results even in the case of low budget constraints.’

‘John Eastwood is an experienced, dedicated lawyer, with a broad and detailed knowledge in the fields of law he has advised us on. He always strives for quick and pragmatic solutions and in addition has a high adherence to deadlines. Well linked throughout the Asia pacific region.’

‘Experienced and collaborative team.’

‘John Eastwood, Nathan Snyder and Holly Chu are always responsive to our matters and always show a keen and positive attitude.’

‘Eiger is an established law firm, which is well-attuned to the needs of international businesses operating in Taiwan or facing legal issues there. They are particularly renowned for TMT, data protection and IP work.’

‘John Eastwood is exceptional. Very practical, very clear, very responsive. He is my go-to lawyer in Taiwan for clients with data protection or other TMT issues. A real star!’

Key clients

Conde Nast

Sony Interactive Entertainment Taiwan

S3 Group

Major gaming company

Famous home furnishing retailer

Defence contractor

Alternative energy technology company

Famous video conferencing company

Work highlights

  • Advised Conde Nast regarding various media law matters.
  • Advised Sony Interactive Entertainment Taiwan regarding various media law matters.
  • Handled fair-trade and advertising issues on behalf of a major luxury goods company, with regards to a blue-chip Taiwanese online retailer.

Guo Ju Law Firm

Guo Ju Law Firm is equally fluent in public and private sector TMT matters in Taiwan. The team is noted for its capabilities in the tech policy and regulatory space, working on a myriad of government projects, and digital transformation ventures involving the innovative use of blockchain.  Paul Chu is experienced in patent enforcement and digital technology matters, including open data and big data. Ingrid Tsai focuses on IP law, e-invoice issues, personal data protection and associated disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paul Chu Ingrid Tsai 

Key clients

Taipei Computer Association

Department of Commerce, MOEA

Environmental Protection Administration

Digital Governance Association

Taiwan Digital TransformationPromote Alliance

Ministry of the Interior

Microprogram Information Co.,Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Department of Commerce, MOEA in providing preliminary framework and advocating competent authority to apply the document-coin driven by blockchain technology as the mechanism to facilitate the process of document service.
  • Working with the Digital Governance Association in digital transformation promotion initiatives.
  • Assisting the Ministry of the Interior in amending Certification Practice Statements for issuing the Citizen Digital Certificate in the future.

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Balancing transactional and advisory expertise, Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law is consistently instructed by a diverse roster of global corporates, including 4G and 5G operators, over-the-counter service providers, and  mobile app developers. On the contentious side, the team is increasingly sought out by telecom and media operators for representation in litigations against the national communication commission (NCC) and antitrust regulators. Ken-Ying Tseng is one of the most active partners in the practice, advising on acquisitions, regulatory reviews, and obtaining NCC approvals. Vick Chien concentrates on licensing applications, civil litigations, and joint ventures between broadcasters.

Practice head(s):

Ken-Ying Tseng

Other key lawyers:

Vick Chien

Testimonials

‘Very thoughtful and experienced team, response quickly and effectively, bring different area expert to fullfil your needs’

‘Great value for the money, easily accessible and good knowledge of telecoms, information technology and OTT industries.’

‘Vick Chien is very accessible with good communications skills, and always willing to help the client at his earliest convenience.’

Key clients

Far Eastone Telecommunications, Co., Ltd.

LINE Corporation

AGB Nielsen Media Research

Google

Coupang Inc.

Facebook

Sony Pictures

Gogoro

HBO

Taiwan Network Information Center

Work highlights

  • Assisted FET with negotiating and entering into definitive agreements with APT.
  • Assisted LINE Taiwan and Choco with entering into a share subscription agreement, business cooperation agreement and JV agreement with TINP.
  • Assisted Coupang Inc. with establishing a local subsidiary and launch its quick e-commerce business in Taiwan.

LCS & Partners

The sizeable practice at LCS & Partners is experienced in a range of TMT mandates, ranging from policy analyses to administrative litigation, civil claims, and class actions – acting on behalf of well-known corporates and municipal authorities alike. The team is noted for its dedicated fintech offering, fielding a number of lawyers who frequently work with regulators on issues regarding e-payments, P2P lending, and initial coin offerings. Arthur Chang, Kevin Chang, and Grace Ku serve as joint practice heads. All named lawyers are based in Taipei.

Practice head(s):

Arthur ChangKevin Chang; Grace Ku

Key clients

General Electric Company

The Environmental Protection Agency (Changhua County Government and other local governments)

Work highlights

  • Advised General Electric Company with 2 class actions of tort.
  • Acted on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (Changhua County Government and other local governments) in administrative litigation.

Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law

The TMT practice at Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law advises numerous well-known domestic and foreign-listed entities on the gamut of contentious and non-contentious tech matters. The multidisciplinary George Lin is a driving force behind the team’s cryptocurrency, blockchain and fintech offering, and handles a steady stream of regulatory reviews, ADR, and criminal proceedings. Corporate head David Lee routinely acts for clients in the offshore online gaming and financial sandbox space, while Kaiju Lee‘s focus areas include e-commerce, third-party online payments, and robot banking. Yi-Mei Pan is recommended for her expertise in telecoms regulation. All named lawyers are based between Taipei and Kaohsiung.

Practice head(s):

George Lin; David Lee ;Kaiju Lee

Other key lawyers:

Yi-Mei Pan

Testimonials

‘Lin and Partners are extremely proactive and client oriented. They are forward looking and outward looking and have worked with other legal practitioners from other jurisdictions, e.g. UK and Hong Kong, and also expanding into novel territories, e.g. cryptocurrency.’

‘George Lin is a fantastic partner to work with who is able to spot talent and is very all-rounded, including being involved in academia and policy work. 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

Rapyd Holdings Pte. Ltd.

JKOS Network

HappyFan7 (21st Century Technology Co.)

GoldBit Technology, Ltd.

Octava Pte, Ltd

Argoblocks Consulting Co.,Ltd

National Communications Commission