TMT in Taiwan

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie retains its expertise as the top TMT practice in the domestic market and is skilled in advising local and international clients on all aspects of telecommunications, media law, and data protection. Henry Chang who also leads the International Trade team, oversees the group which handles licensing matters and mergers and acquisitions. Louis Hsieh leads on capital markets-related TMT transactions and assists clients across the cybersecurity and fintech space.

Practice head(s):

Henry Chang

Other key lawyers:

Louis Hsieh

Key clients

CyCraft Technology Corporation

Refinitiv

Sercomm Corporation

Brave Guts Ltd.

GREE, Inc.

Sprint Corporation

Gamania Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.

Iridium Satellite Communications

Network Access Associates Ltd. (OneWeb)

Work highlights

  • Advised client Gamania Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in relation to a proposed business transfer of our client’s subsidiary to a joint venture.
  • Provided legal and regulatory advice in relation to M2M services using satellite communications to Iridium Satellite Communications.
  • Represented Sercomm Corporation to acquire a US-based broadband equipment manufacturer.

Jones Day

Jones Day's practice handles cross-border TMT and corporate transactions which is strengthened via its global reach across the region. The practice is based in Taipei and jointly led by Tommy Chen and John Lin; the duo are the key names to note and handle local regulatory work, technology licensing, and tech transfers. Also in the team is corporate partner Raymond Wang who advises on joint ventures and restructuring matters. Dispute resolution matters also feature in the caseload.

Practice head(s):

Tommy T. Chen; John C. Lin

Other key lawyers:

Raymond Wang

Key clients

Qisda Corporation

Holy Stone Enterprise

Diodes Incorporated

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising Yulon Motor Co., Ltd., in forming a strategic alliance with Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. in the electric automobile business valued at more than $510m.
  • Advising the Special Committee of Diodes Incorporated in its take-private acquisition of Lite-On Semiconductor Corp. valued at more than $430m.
  • Advised Qisda Corporation in its private placement investments in TopView Optronics Corp and Sysage Technology for an aggregate of $63m.

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm has vast expertise in structuring deals and representing tech companies on competition and corporate matters. Jointly managed by James Cheng and litigator Jeanne Wang, the group advises on data protection and licensing works for leading consumer-driven industry clients such as Alibaba and Alipay. Yvonne Liu is a key name and advises on cross-border personal data transfers for tech clients. The team regularly works across the region, including China.

Practice head(s):

James Cheng; Jeanne Wang

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne Liu

Key clients

Alipay

Alibaba and Taobao

Micron Technology

Micron Technology Taiwan

BQool Inc.

Priceline.com LLC

Work highlights

  • Advise Alipay on data protection laws and relevant regulations relating to offering payment services.
  • Advise Alibaba and Taobao on their data protection policy and assist the client in complying with the relevant data protection regulations relating to their business in Taiwan.
  • Successfully assisted Micron, a leading global DRAM manufacturer, to work with the prosecutor and indict former employees and a major local semiconductor company, United Microelectronic Corporation, for allegedly misappropriating Micron’s trade secrets for UMC’s joint research and development project with Jinhua Corporation in China, seeking criminal punishment of up to 10 years of imprisonment for individuals and up to NT$50m criminal fine.

Eiger

Eiger has a reputable telecoms practice with strength in handling data protection, cyber-security, and regulatory work. John Eastwood heads the team from Taipei which handles compliance work for clients operating across the energy and financial sector, as well as for semiconductor companies. The group also receives repeat referral work from international firms on tech and IP matters. Heather Hsiao comprises the core team as do senior associates Wendy Chu and US-qualified lawyer Nathan Snyder.

Practice head(s):

John Eastwood

Key clients

Hogan Lovells

Polaroid

S3

Major Italian luxury brand

Famous European energy leader

Global fine fashion group

Fresenius Medical Care

Mayer Brown

Buesing Mueffelmann & Theye

Silicon Valley-based semiconductor supplier

Work highlights

  • Personal data protection review for a global healthcare software company S3 Group providing services to hospitals and patients around the world.

Guo Ju Law Firm

Guo Ju Law Firm handles telecoms matters for public and private sector clients in Taiwan. The team has experience with domestic transactions, regulator work, and IP matters. Paul Chu leads the practice with co-head Ingrid Tsai who manages personal data protection matters and blockchain technology.

Practice head(s):

Paul Chu; Ingrid Tsai

Key clients

Ministry of Economic Affairs

Fiscal Information Agency,

Ministry of the Interior

Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan

Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd

Think Cloud Technology Co., Ltd.

International Integrated System, Inc.

CTBC Bank

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law advises clients on contracts, compliance, and licensing work. Lipu Lee and Yow-Lun Su are key contacts in the team and provide IP services to tech clients, as well as assisting in copyright litigation. Managing partner Yvonne Lin is also recommended.

LCS & Partners

LCS & Partners has considerable experience advising clients in regulatory, compliance, and contractual work. Pijan Wu heads the team and is noted for handling drafting and licensing projects for cable TV services. Arthur Chang is the other co-head and handles cross-border media matters in Hong-Kong and as does David Chuang.

Practice head(s):

Dr. Pijan Wu; Arthur Chang

Other key lawyers:

David Chuang

Key clients

Investment in KKBOX Inc.

Investment in KKFarm Inc.

KKFarm International Limited

Individual Investors

Funnow

UNIT CONNECT(聯聯看演藝經紀)

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel for KKBOX Inc and existing shareholders’ rights and preferential treatment negotiations.
  • Assisted KKFarm International Limited in dealing with various restrictions under Delaware and California law to meet investor’s commercially reasonable expectations on the investment specifically concerning indemnification matter.

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law covers a wide range of areas for telecoms clients including general regulatory compliance work and representing media operators in litigation against regulators. Ken-Ying Tseng leads the practice which handles antitrust and competition work, domestic transactions, and contractual matters. James Chen is noted for his advisory work to tech giants on mergers and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Ken-Ying Tseng

Other key lawyers:

James Chen

Key clients

Far Eastone Telecommunications, Co., Ltd. (“FET”)

LINE Corporation

Choco Media Co., Ltd

Apple Asia LLC

MBK Partners

China Network Systems Co., Ltd

Taiwan Network Information Center

Circles.life

Yahoo

Gogoro

Work highlights

  • Lee and Li is the counsel representing the plaintiff (i.e. Global Digital Media Co) to file an administrative lawsuit against Fair Trade Commission for its decision to fine the plaintiff on the ground that the plaintiff and other channel TV program agents had given differential treatment to some cable TV operators without legitimate reasons.
  • Lee and Li is the counsel representing the plaintiff Far Eastone Telecommunications, Co., Ltd to file a civil complaint against its market competitor Taiwan Mobile (TWM) for ceasing its use of a portion of C1 frequency band for 4G telecom services, applying for the return of a portion of C4 frequency that is used for 2G telecom service, and the damages arising therefrom until TWM returns a portion of the C4 frequency band.
  • Lee and Li is the counsel representing Choco to enter into a cooperation agreement with TOP for having Choco’s OTT serivice on Cable TV, which is the first case where a traditional cable tv operator and an OTT operator cooperate to provide subscribers convergence services.

Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law

The TMT practice at Lin & Partners Attorneys-At-Law covers contentious and non-contentious work for local and international tech companies operating in Taiwan. Jointly headed by George Lin, corporate partner David Lee and capital markets expert Kaiju Lee, the group offers expertise in litigation and IP work, often acting in e-commerce work and contracts.

Key clients

National Communication Commission

Work highlights

  • Current legal counsel to the National Communications Commission (NCC), the telecommunication and broadcasting regulatory agency in Taiwan.