Tsar & Tsai Law Firm
Tel: +886 2 2781 4111 ext. 833 or 621
|Key practice areas: Corporate; mergers & acquisitions; cross-border transactions; insurance and BOT.|
|James Cheng is a partner at Tsar & Tsai Law Firm with over 27 years of extensive experience in the area of corporate, M&A, cross-border transactions, insurance and BOT project. James has represented international or domestic bidders, targets and controlling shareholders in a wide spectrum of public and private transactions, including negotiated and contested acquisitions, financing and divestment in Taiwan, the PRC, Japan, the US, the UK and EU. The industries covered by James include the ICT, insurance, MSO, media, hotel, land development, manufacturing, logistics and franchise chain. James also successfully assisted several Taiwanese entrepreneurs for their joint venture with global leading manufacturers in the Greater China market. James participated in the most major infrastructure BOT projects in Taiwan such as the high-speed rail, the airport-link MRT, the eastern highway, the highway ETC system, and successfully assisted a project bidder to obtain the first-ever winning and final judgment to revoke the selecting decision.|
Guo Ju Law Firm
Tel: +886 2 2577 6123 ext.203
|Key practice areas: Employment law; technology law (eID, data protection, e-commerce); IP; security law; taxation|
Paul Chu, as a practicing lawyer and qualified patent attorney in Taiwan, has expertise in technology law (eID, data protection, and e-commerce), human resources, IP, security, and tax. He also is senior partner and co-founder of Guo Ju Law Firm in Taipei. Chu obtained LLB and LLM degrees from Fu Jen Catholic University, and is a PhD candidate of Fu Jen Catholic University. He was the senior manager, tax and legal department of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Taiwan and senior attorney of PricewaterhouseCoopers (Taiwan) before co-founding Guo Ju Law Firm in 2008.
Chu has devoted years to technology law. He was outside counsel in multiple governmental and NGO projects in related to e-commerce and data protection areas. He was attending in the project of the second generation e-invoices of the Ministry of Finance, project counsel of the Certificate Authority of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior, and the Large Payment Service for the E-Banking of the Bankers Association. In addition, he is also a long-term legal counsel of Yahoo Taiwan and external trainer of several enterprises on the island. This year, Chu was appointed by the Ministry of the Interior to be in charge of project planning for replacement of the new ID card, which attracted public attention, and had complex data protection issues. This appointment indicates Chu’s professional knowledge in technology law has been well recognized in the field.
As an expert in human resources, Chu is the counsel for the Ministry of Labour and arbitrator in different local governments. He was appointed by the government to join the negotiation process of a mass lay-off case from the dissolution of TransAsia Airways in Taiwan. Through his patient mediating, both parties successfully reached a settlement and further relieved the social tension in this case. He also assisted many multinational enterprises, including Sony, in the compliance of the relevant labour laws of Taiwan.
Chu has well-rounded and rich executive experience in IP, security, and tax areas, especially in litigation. One of his tax litigation cases was elected as one of the best tax litigation case in 2019. Under Chu’s leadership, Guo Ju Law Firm was recognized by Legal 500 as one of the best Taiwan law firms for TMT, labour and tax area in 2019.
|Joseph CS Fu|
Tel: + 886 2 2715 7369
|Key practice areas: Antitrust & commercial litigation; dispute resolution; international arbitration; investigations & white-collar crime; trade & customs litigation.|
Joseph Fu regularly advises on matters involving litigation, arbitration, tax, corporate, real estate and fair-trade law, as well as major projects. He studied his LLM program at the Graduate School of National Taiwan University, where he concentrated on constitution, administrative and competition law.
Fu has litigated and arbitrated some of the most complex criminal and civil cases in the firm’s Taipei office. He has assisted many clients in administrative petitions for tax matters, including value-added tax, income tax and land tax issues. Fu is seasoned in reviewing and notarizing the application forms of several trust foundations and listing companies, and he has defended clients in concerted action cases, as well as assisted in filing anti-counterfeit complaints with regard to fair-trade law. In addition, he has handled several major projects, including the Taiwan High-Speed Rail project, the Taipei International Financial Center project and several incinerator plant projects in Taiwan.
Guo Ju Law Firm
Tel: +886 2 2577 6123 ext. 220
|Key practice areas: Cross-border investment; M&A; general corporate; dispute resolution (commercial related); family & matrimonial.|
Alex Hsin sits as the managing partner of Guo Ju Law Firm and the senior partner of MHP Law Firm. He was the pioneer of the Taiwan attorneys who qualified to admit to practice in mainland China. He is also a qualified patent attorney in Taiwan, and certified senior forensic accountant both in mainland China and the US. He was awarded Top 100 lawyers by Lawyer Monthly, a British professional magazine, in 2011 and was ranked China’s Top 100 lawyers by China Business Law Journal from 2016 to 2018.
Hsin successively obtained his LLB degree from Fu Jen Catholic University, MBA degree from National Taipei University, LLM degree from Northwestern University USA and PhD degree from East China University of Political Science and Law, and attended the doctoral program of BA at National Taipei University. After working in the legal department of PricewaterhouseCoopers (Taiwan) and Lee and Li Attorney-at-law for a few years, he set up Guo Ju Law Firm in 2008.
Hsin, as a practicing lawyer both in Taiwan and mainland China, has devoted years to cross-border investment, M&A, general corporate, commercial dispute resolution and family law. Hsin is familiar with labour regulations and market demands in cross-strait regimes and experienced in IP fields. He also has years of practical experience in tax litigation and precious knowledge of Taiwan tax laws, ordinances, interpretation, taxation practice, and judicial decisions. Hsin serves for multinational IT groups, tobacco and liquor groups, fashion groups, e-commerce and the online game industry, convenient store chains, the automobile industry, government agencies, the financial industry, the media industry and hotel chains. He has accomplished several acquisitions of state-owned estates in mainland China, the establishment of the business offices of state-owned enterprises, NPL liquidations, syndicate loan contracts for Taiwan financial institutions, and assistance for publishing groups and IT companies prosecuting piracy and patent infringement in Taiwan.
Hsin currently acts as the president of Fu Jen Catholic University Alumni Association of Shanghai, director of Taiwan Business Organization Research and Development Association, director of Northwestern University Alumni Association Taipei Branch, and chief supervisor of Taiwan E-commerce Association.
Tel: + 886 2 2715 7281
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; data & technology; derivatives & financial products; equity & debt transactions.|
Hao-Ray Hu is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Taipei office. He mainly advises on banking and finance, M&A and corporate matters. From 1999 to 2002, he led the Society of Legal Consulting, a pro bono group formed by National Taiwan University law students to provide free legal services to the general public.
Hu frequently assists local and foreign clients in the acquisition of financial institutions, telecoms companies and cable television system operators. He also has extensive experience advising financial institutions on post-acquisition integration.
Chien Yeh Law Offices
Tel: +886 2 8101 1973 ext.731
|Key practice areas: Overseas companies listing in Taiwan (i.e. IPO); mergers and acquisitions; cross-border investments; corporate hostile takeovers; securities exchange law.|
Gary Hung joined Chien Yeh Law Offices in 2004 and became partner in charge in 2015. He currently leads a task force focusing on the capital markets at Chien Yeh Law Offices. With almost 20 years of practice experience, Gary is distinguished for his expertise in delivering an effective problem-solving approach and helping his clients achieve their goals in several commercial transactions.
Apart from the above, Gary served in several other professional roles with the Taipei City government during his career, including advisory commissioner posts on both the Complaint Review Board for government procurement and on the Law and Regulation Commission. He was also a lecturer in “Workshop for Legal Practices” organized by the Department of Civil Servant Development.
Gary primarily practices in the areas of overseas companies or domestic companies listing in Taiwan (i.e., initial public offering), mergers and acquisitions, cross-border investments, corporate hostile takeovers, and securities exchange laws. During the period from 2011 to 2019, Gary served as the issuer’s counsel or underwriter’s counsel for almost 50 projects involving listing on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) or Taipei Exchange (TPEx), including but not limited to Shane Global Holding, Luo Lih-Fen Holding, Ventec International Group Co, The Shanghai Commercial & Savings Bank and Khgears International.
With his extensive experiences in assisting Taiwanese and foreign enterprises with becoming listed on the TWSE and TPEx, Chien Yeh Law Offices has been prominent for providing a wide range of services in relation to capital markets practice. It is worth noting that due to Gary’s achievement in capital markets practice, Chien Yeh Law Offices has been recognized as one of the top corporate law firms in Taiwan, and collected several awards granted by the TWSE and TPEx since 2011, among which the latest achievement is clinching two consecutive first places in the 2018 and 2019 TWSE award for “Circulation of Securities Award: Law Firms Category”.
|Hung Ou Yang|
Brain Trust International Law Firm
Tel: +886 2 2707 9976
|Key practice areas: Transnational dispute; corporation and commerce; international trade; investment & arbitration; international inheritance & succession of family enterprises.|
Hung Ou Yang, managing attorney of Brain Trust International Law Firm, specializes in transnational legal disputes, corporate law, business and white-collar crime, business transactions, antitrust, and arbitration. Hung Ou Yang has successfully resolved many high-profile civil, criminal, and transnational disputes, including a complaint concerning pesticide-contaminated land leased by RT-Mart, an anti-dumping investigation in connection with CSC’s carbon steel plate against Hyundai Steel company, and transnational property litigation concerning an internationally-renowned scholar. Hung Ou Yang also has a wealth of experience in domestic and overseas litigation and negotiations. Hung Ou Yang is currently a recommended Taiwan lawyer by The Legal 500 and other international organizations.
Tel: + 886 2 2715 7207
|Key practice areas: Capital markets; equity & debt transactions; financial institutions; M&A; private equity|
Wen-Yen Kang is a member of the firm’s corporate, private equity, securities, banking and finance practice groups. He is ranked as one of the leading individuals for capital markets and corporate and M&A by Chambers Asia and Chambers Global.
Kang is a graduate of National Taiwan University (LLB), Harvard Law School (LLM), New York University School of Law (LLM) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan of Management (MBA). He has also advised several premier investment banks on the structuring of various potential mergers and acquisitions transactions.
|Justin C Liang|
Tel: +886 2 2715 7222
|Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; equity & debt transactions; financial institutions; project finance.|
Justin C Liang is a member of the firm’s banking and finance and securities practice groups. He regularly speaks at conferences on project financing, securities, bank lending and other extensions of credit matters. He also contributes articles to various publications on issues related to his area of practice. Liang earned his LLB from the National Taiwan University and received his LLM from the Graduate Law School of Soochow University. He is admitted to practice law in Taiwan’s courts.
Liang’s banking practice includes advising on the negotiation and documentation aspect of project financing and other matters related to bank lending or other extensions of credit. He also focuses on M&A transactions of financial institutions and post-acquisition integration. Additionally, Liang practices in the areas of non-performing loan purchase and sales. He also regularly handles the acquisition of failed financial institutions from the Central Deposits Insurance Company. Liang’s securities practice is focused on international capital markets transactions, including public and private offering of equity, equity-linked and debt securities with financing transactions.
Tel: +886 2 2715 7252
|Key practice areas: Labour & employment; IP; dispute resolution.|
Seraphim Ma is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Taipei office, where she practices in labour and employment law, intellectual property, and dispute resolution. She is also a pioneer in the rapidly growing China practice, assisting clients who conduct business in the mainland.
Ma counsels on employment issues related to M&A, hiring and employment contracts (including non-competition and confidentiality), employee handbooks, codes of conduct, severance, pension, termination, harassment/discrimination, occupational safety and union negotiations.
Her extensive experience in intellectual property and dispute resolution covers disputes of patent, copyright and trade secrets, as well as civil, administrative and criminal lawsuits.
Tel: + 886 2 2715 7306
|Key practice areas: Brand enforcement & management; consumer goods & retail; IP; data & technology; dispute resolution.|
Grace Shao is the head of the IP Tech practice group of Baker McKenzie Taipei. Grace represents leading clients in the pharmaceutical, technology and media, and consumer goods industries. She has extensive experience handling infringement and anti-counterfeiting matters involving trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. She is highly active in IP litigation, and wins praise from clients for her down-to-earth attitude and talent for excellent strategy formulation. She also advises on technology-related issues including licensing contracts, privacy issues, data protection, content regulation and anti-competition issues.
As one of the leading minds in IP and technology laws, she lectures frequently on current issues happening in litigation and licensing. Grace is newly elected president of the Taipei Bar Association, and a strong advocate for reform of the lawyer’s system in Taiwan.
Tel: + 886 2 2715 7208
|Key practice areas: Antitrust & competition; dispute resolution; employment & compensation; financial institutions; insurance.|
Howard Shiu is a partner and member of the employment practice group in Baker McKenzie, Taipei. He focuses on trust law and dispute resolution. He was recognized as a notable practitioner by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016.
Shiu assists and represents local and foreign corporations in labour and employment matters, including resolution of labour disputes, employment issues in mergers and acquisition transactions, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with unions, mass severance, and compliance of employment regulations.
Tel: + 886 2 2715 7246
|Key practice areas: Consumer goods & retail; healthcare & life sciences; industrials, manufacturing & transportation; merger control & joint ventures; M&A.|
Michael Wong is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. He practices in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, as well as corporate law. He earned his JD from the University of California, Hastings and received his LLM from Soochow University. Wong was admitted to the California Bar in 1985.
Although Wong particularly focuses his practice on M&A transactions, he also handles cross-border commercial transactions and joint ventures. He also specializes in cross-border international tax planning for acquisitions and post-deal integration.
|Wayne W Yang|
Tel: + 886 2 2715 7223
|Key practice areas: Aircraft finance; banking & finance; capital markets; financial services & regulation; international commercial & trade.|
Wayne Yang is a member of the firm’s banking and finance and securities practice groups. Before joining Baker McKenzie, he worked for Ding & Ding Law Offices, where he practiced in various areas. His prior experience includes advising local and foreign clients on general and commercial matters, as well as maritime law matters and litigation. Yang also assisted clients in preparing bidding documents and agreements in major infrastructure bids. He is admitted to practice in New York, USA and Taiwan. He is also a member of the Arbitration Association of the Republic of China.
Since joining Baker McKenzie, Yang has focused his practice on banking, finance and securities matters. He has represented and advised leading airlines and lease companies in the structuring, negotiation and arrangement of aircraft sale and lease-back transactions. He has also represented arrangers, project companies and IPPs in structuring, negotiating and drafting documents in various finance transactions for IPP and BOT cases. Yang is seasoned in providing sound legal advice regarding equity issues on the local stock exchange, the issuance of ADRS and GDRs.