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Baker McKenzie
15F, 168 DUNHUA NORTH ROAD
TAIPEI 10548
Taiwan

Antitrust and competition Tier 1

Leveraging the firm's international network, Baker McKenzie is highly respected for its expertise in advising international companies on Taiwan's Fair Trade Law. Services provided by the group include advising clients on FTC hearings, representing clients in pre-merger filings before the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission, advising on the FTC's leniency programme, and advising on antitrust compliance. Veteran antitrust litigator Sonya Hsu heads the practice, while Fang-Yi Jen is an experienced merger control and cartel specialist.

Banking and finance Tier 1

Baker McKenzie is highly regarded for its expertise in complex banking and finance matters, including syndicated lending, trade finance, project finance, aircraft and shipping finance, acquisition finance, securitisation, and enforcement and recovery actions. The firm leverages its international network for multi-jurisdictional transactions and is markedly strong across Southeast Asia. Jointly headed by Justin LiangWayne Yang, and Bee Leay Teo (who specialises in compliance and regulatory issues) the team's size makes it well-equipped to handle large and complex transactions. Hao-Ray Hu, who has experience in fintech, and associate partner Evangeline Wang are also noted.

Capital markets Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's securities practice is fully integrated in the firm's wider international corporate and securities practice, which makes the team particularly attractive for multinational clients. Services include representing local and international companies in listing stocks, transactions involving convertible bonds and global depositary receipts, structuring commodities futures transactions, and preparing local applications for stock investments by foreign nationals and legal entities. The team is jointly led by Wen-Yen Kang and Alex Chiang, who this year led a friendly joint share exchange transaction, one of the largest deals in Taiwan's semiconductor industry. Other key names are Mark Tu and James Hsiao, who specialises in cross-border securities offerings.

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Baker McKenzie has a large full-service corporate practice, well-equipped to deal with complex multinational transactions. The team has extensive experience in inbound and outbound investments, M&A, reorganizations and divestitures, financing transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and other business combinations involving publicly-listed and private companies. In addition, the practice group benefits from the office's strong private equity, tax and securities practices. The team is jointly headed by Michael Wong, who specialises in cross-border commercial transactions and joint ventures, and Kevin Wang, who is regularly involved in complex corporate transactions. Mark Tu and Gwyneth Gu are also noted.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The team at Baker McKenzie draws on the firm's international strength, but also has a notably strong domestic offering. The team is best known for corporate disputes, white collar defence and multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes, but also handles matters including criminal litigation, employment defence and defamation litigation, tax and administrative litigation, maritime law and insurance disputes, and IP, anti-counterfeiting and product liability litigation. The practice is headed by veteran litigators David Liou, who is experienced in real estate litigation and arbitrator, and Henry Chang, who has advised clients in dispute cases involving parallel proceedings across various jurisdictions.

Insurance Tier 1

The insurance practice at Baker McKenzie has extensive experience in advising on insurance regulations, working with regulatory authorities and representing and advising insurance companies in domestic and multi-jurisdictional legal issues and insurance disputes affecting both life and non-life insurance products. The team handles insurance company establishment, documentation and compliance, drafting mandates on behalf of government authorities, regulatory compliance, insurance claims and disputes. Tiffany Huang and Shelley Fan jointly lead the practice.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Baker McKenzie handles global trade mark and patent portfolios for multinational clients in areas including the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and electronics industries. The team is strong in IP litigation and patent enforcement suits, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector, and is developing a growing specialism in trade secret protection, misappropriation and breach of trust lawsuits, where it acts for  hi-tech companies. The practice is co-headed by Lindy Chern and Grace Shao, who focuses on contract negotiation for technology licensing, litigation related to intellectual property, fair trade law and commercial matters.

Labour and employment Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's employment team benefits from its seamless working relationship with the office's commercial and disputes practices. The team has advised on health and safety legislation and workers' compensation, and handles collective bargaining negotiations and union disputes, as well as immigration issues such as work permits and visa approvals. The practice has built up expertise in cross-Strait issues, and the firm's global network is especially beneficial in matters relating to expatriate workers, particularly from Southeast Asia. Seraphim Ma is highly recommended, especially for clients conducting business in the PRC. Ma co-heads the practice with Howard Shiu, who has specialist experience in collective bargaining agreements and mass severance.

Projects and energy Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's projects and energy practice provides services to many of the operators of independent power producers in Taiwan, and works with clients from market segments including power generation, clean energy, and natural resources. In the infrastructure space, the team has experience of public construction projects such as toll roads and mass rapid transportation. The practice is jointly headed by Murray Bowler and Tiffany Huang, who focuses on construction and infrastructure work. Also recommended are Melanie Ho, who works on complex energy and government procurement projects, administrative law specialist Su-Fen Chen, and Tony Tang, who handles construction disputes and advises on government contracts.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Baker McKenzie has expertise in coordinating local, international and transnational real estate and construction transactions. The team is experienced across a variety of project types including government-financed and BOO, BOT and BOOT projects, where it regularly handles risk assessments and allocation, tender preparation and bidding, contracting, project administration, and eventual dispute resolution. The practice is jointly headed by infrastructure and construction specialist Tiffany Huang and David Liou, who was lead partner on a $737m deal for the development and construction of a 6-star hotel in Taipei city centre.

Tax Tier 1

Baker McKenzie advises domestic and international clients on issues including corporate and personal income tax, transfer pricing, and customs duties, and also advises on family business governance and estate planning. In addition, the practice group regularly utilises its global network to handle multi-jurisdictional matters. The Taipei team is jointly led by cross-border tax planning specialist Michael Wong and Dennis Lee, who assists clients with tax-related pre-acquisition modelling and post-acquisition restructuring.

TMT Tier 1

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.

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When It Comes to People

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our people, support and development of their talent, and dignity and safety in our workplaces. Baker McKenzie also is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, a voluntary global initiative in which we have committed to align our policies and operations with ten principles in the areas of human rights, fair labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

Diversity and Inclusion

Baker McKenzie was founded on the idea of diversity. From our earliest days, we have strived to nurture a respectful, inclusive environment that encourages diverse individuals to thrive personally and professionally as full contributors to the success of the Firm and the clients we serve. We do not permit or tolerate discrimination in our workplaces. This means:

  • All personnel decisions must be: a) respectful of differences among employees and potential employees, b) based on factors relevant to their ability to perform the work they are, or would be expected to do, and c) in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • This includes decisions related to the recruiting, hiring, assignment, compensation, training and development, promotion and dismissal of personnel, as well as other terms and conditions of employment.
  • Applicable local laws, which we follow, vary, but differences that we strive to overlook in personnel decisions include race, color, creed, religion, citizenship, national origin, ethnicity and/or cultural background, age, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and disability.

While our approach to diversity and inclusion is multi-faceted, three areas where we have specific policies are:

Ethnic & Cultural Diversity

Ethnicity means different things in different countries, so a single approach to ethnic and cultural diversity is ill-advised. This is why we build practices from the ground up, taking local cultural sensitivities into consideration wherever we practice law. Despite the challenges, we have a strong desire to address a lack of equity around the world and encourage each of our offices to define race/ethnic diversity in a way that suits their local culture, politics, clients and business environment.

Gender Diversity

We believe women must be leaders at all levels of our Firm. We seek to foster women leaders in our senior global roles but we are also focusing on ensuring that women are leaders of our most significant client relationships. Since 2012, we have adopted a gender policy designed to encourage the recruitment and retention of more women, and provide greater opportunities and support for women to assume leadership roles. At the partner level, we have set gender diversity aspirational targets – we are working to ensure that women comprise at least 40% of local/national partners and at least 30% of principals and those in leadership positions.

LGBT Diversity

Everyone should feel comfortable in the workplace, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We are committed to creating and maintaining an open and supportive working environment. This includes equal opportunity for advancement and development within the firm regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and the equal provision of benefits to same and opposite sex partners or spouses.

We have made great strides in encouraging equality in our Firm and in engaging in these crucial conversations on a global basis. Our seven basic principles include:

Principle 1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;
Principle 2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination;
Principle 3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers;
Principle 4. Promote education, training and professional development for women;
Principle 5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women;
Principle 6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy; and
Principle 7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.