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Daryl Lai

Daryl Lai


Tel: 886-2-27720567
Email: daryl@jtjb-taipei.com

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Practice areas

Corporate & commercial; corporate governance; insurance & reinsurance; M&A; shipping


Daryl Lai is a senior partner in JTJB-Taipei. He graduated with LLB (Hons) from the University of London; LLM from Nottingham Trent University; and Leeds Beckett University. He also has a graduate diploma in international mergers and acquisitions. He is currently a postgraduate researcher at the University of Reading.

Daryl’s responsibility in JTJB-Taipei takes him across a variety of legal disciplines. This would include advice given to the Asian subsidiary of a US underwater cable company on the sale of major corporate assets in Taiwan and the merger of two major accounting firms in the island. Daryl has also acted for the Taiwanese petroleum company, CPC, in a number of major contractual disputes with offshore vendors. He acted for a very prominent Asian government in the sale of landed assets in Taiwan. He has also advised Southeast Asian government-owned airlines in setting up a business presence in the Taiwan market. He advised one of the richest Taiwanese American billionaires in the US in a cross-border family dispute that ultimately resulted in the redistribution of a sizable personal wealth. He has also advised a famous Asian singer-songwriter on licensing rights in the country.

On the shipping and transportation side, Daryl was involved in legal work on the infamous SQ006 air crash at Taoyuan Airport. He has also handled various financing and corporate acquisitions for one of the largest ship owners in Taiwan. He was previously involved in a number of high-profile cases, which includes the MT Chang Yun (one of the widest marine oil pollutions in Taiwanese maritime history) and the MV Maersk Dubai (which sparked off international attention regarding charges of murder on the high seas drawn against the Taiwanese officers of a major container line). He is, to date, the only lawyer in Taiwan who has arbitrated in London on shipping matters for local clients. He is also the only lawyer in Taiwan capable of conducting an offshore maritime casualty investigation.

Daryl is the author of the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of the Taiwan Chapter of the Shipping Law Review – ISBN Publication No. 978-1-910813-652. He is also the writer of the Taiwan Chapter of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Insurance and Reinsurance Law, Second Edition – ISBN Publication No. 978-908070-50-0.

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