|Victor I-Hsiu Chang
LCS & Partners
Tel: 8862 2729 8000 ext. 7722
|Key practice areas: Fund formation, cross-border transaction; offshore family office & trusts|
|Victor I Chang has more than 25 years of extensive multi-jurisdiction experience in M&A, private equity fund formations and cross-border transactions of all types. Chang has been recognised as a market leader, leading attorney and equivalent in the areas of private equity and M&A by IFLR, Chambers, Legal 500, Asia Law and ALB.
Chang has represented numerous principals in the formation of private equity and hedge funds operating in the US and Greater China, with aggregate limited partner commitments in excess of USD5 billion. He also advises most of his clients in connection with their domestic and international investments. In addition, Chang frequently represents various Taiwan financial institutions in connection with their overseas and local alternative investments activities.
Tel: +886 2 2326 5171
|Key practice areas: M&A; antitrust, competition, & trade regulation; capital markets; technology transactions & sourcing; international trade|
|Billy Chen is a partner in K&L Gates’ Taipei office. He has extensive experience in representing international and domestic clients in various areas of law, including M&A, capital markets, Investment management or finance, renewable energy projects and general corporate matters.
Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Chen practised as an associate in Michigan, where he focused on corporate, civil, and criminal law. He also served as corporate counsel to companies in Taiwan and China.
Chen is recognised as a next generation partner in Corporate & M&A by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (Taiwan) from 2019-2022.
Chen is licensed to practice in district of Columbia and Michigan. He graduated from National Taipei University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Florida State University with a master’s degree in management information systems, and Thomas M Cooley Law School with a doctor of jurisprudence. He speaks English, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.
Tsai Lee & Chen
|Key practice areas: Patent, trademark & copyright; infringement; IP enforcement & litigation; dispute resolution; patent filing & prosecution|
|Crystal J Chen is a partner at Tsai Lee & Chen. In her more than 20 years of practice, she has covered all areas of IP law, including trademarks, trade dress protection, patents, anti-counterfeiting and infringement actions. She is also knowledgeable in law practices of China and is seasoned in handling enforcement matters.
She is a member of the design committee and nominating committee of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). In addition to actively participating in committees of the AIPPI, she was chosen to be involved in the leadership team to study questions on topics relating to designs and litigation for the formation of AIPPI resolutions.
Chen received her law degree from Fu-Jen Catholic University and an LLM degree from the University of New Hampshire (formerly known as Franklin Pierce Law Center). She was admitted to the New York State Bar and the National Bar of PRC.
|James J Y Chen
Tel: +886 2 2326 5155
|Key practice areas: M&A; capital markets; corporate & acquisition finance; corporate governance; debt capital markets|
|James Chen is a partner in K&L Gates’ Taipei office. He represents a broad range of clients, including multinational corporations, private equity and venture capital firms, and industrial companies based in Taiwan, China, Singapore, and Indonesia, in their cross-border M&A. His experience includes public offerings and private placements of equity, debt, convertible and other securities, export credit facilities, bank loans, securitisation of accounts receivable, trade financing, and derivative transactions.
Chen has vast experience in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), having represented issuers and underwriters in several IPO and B share listings in the PRC. He acted for foreign investors in the negotiation and documentation of numerous joint ventures and foreign wholly owned projects.
Chen is recognised as an eminent practitioner in capital markets and as a leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A by Chambers Asia-Pacific (Taiwan) 2020–2022.
Chen holds an LLB from National Taiwan University, an LLM from Cornell Law School, and a JD (cum laude) from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Tsar & Tsai
Tel: +886 3563 3999
|Key practice areas: Foreign invesment; banking & finance; insurance; M&A; securities & capital market|
|James Cheng is a partner and has been working at Tsar & Tsai for more than 29 years. His main areas of practice include domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures, private equity transactions and cross-border. James regularly advises on corporate restructuring, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, contract negotiation, syndication loan documentation and post-closing restructure. James has successfully represented private equity funds, strategy buyers, financial investors and listed companies in different industries such as ICT, insurance, renewable energy, pharmacy, cable multiple system operators, media, hotel, manufacturing, logistics, franchise chain, egg farm and chemical trading.
James also has extensive experience in the major BOT projects in Taiwan, such as high-speed rail, Airport Link, ETC, government procurement and construction disputes.
James is consistently recognised as a leading individual in the corporate/M&A in Taiwan and was listed as one of the two eminent practitioners of Taiwan Corporate/M&A in Chamber Asia-Pacific 2020 and 2021.
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|
|As a practising lawyer and qualified patent attorney in Taiwan, Paul Chu has expertise in technology law (eID, data protection, and e-commerce), human resource, IP, security, and tax. He is also a 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 is also the adjunct professor of the College of Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
Chu has devoted years to technology law. He is a civil consulting member of Digital Innovation and Governance Initiative Committee, Executive Yuan; the vice president of Open Data Alliance; and outside counsel in multiple governmental and NGO projects related to e-commerce and data protection areas. He is also the vice convener of the alliances of digital service and committee of digital transformation.
Chu was attending in the multiple projects including the Replacement of New ID Card, the 2nd Generation E-invoices of Ministry of Finance, the counsel of Certificate Authority of Ministry of Economic Affairs and Ministry of Interior, the supervising and auditing of environment protection point collection system of the Environmental Protection Administration, and the Large Payment Service for the E-Banking of the Bankers Association. All of those project were attracting public attention project in Taiwan and had complex issues in the data protection area. In addition, he is also a long-term legal counsel and external trainer of several enterprises in Taiwan. The attending of all the projects indicates Chu’s professional knowledge in technology law has been well recognised in the field.
As an expert in human resources, Chu is the counsel of Ministry of Labour and mediator in different local governments. In 2018, the Labour Incident Act started to be enforced in Taiwan and the mediation process became mandatory in labour disputes. Through his past experience as the mediator in the mass lay off of TransAsia Airways in Taiwan, Chu has been appointed as the mediator in the first mediation case in the aviation industry in Taiyuan District Court after the enforcement of the Labour Incident Act and set a record to make this case as the first successfully settled case in Taiyuan District Court. Chu also assisted many multinational enterprises, in the compliance of the relevant labour laws of Taiwan.
Nowadays, for comprehensively providing service to client, Chu further develops his professional scope to medical innovation, carbon credit, and new energy areas. He is also appointed by the Environmental Protection Administration as a member of the Public Nuisance Dispute Ruling Committee.
Under Chu’s leadership, Guo Ju Law Firm was recognised by Legal 500 as one of the best Taiwan law firms for TMT, labour, and tax area from 2019 to 2022.
LCS & Partners
Tel: +886 2 2729 8000 ext. 7768
|Key practice areas: Securitisation; real estate; banking & finance; structured finance; M&A|
|David Chuang is one of the founding partners of LCS & Partners. He has extensive experience in syndicated lending, bank finance, capital markets, project finance, securitisation, structured finance, derivatives, cross-border transactions and real estate transactions. He frequently represents relevant transaction parties in many pioneering securitisation, structure finance, project finance, and real estate cases.
As the attorney in LCS & Partners’ banking practice group, Chuang has experience structuring, negotiating, and documenting syndicated loans, project financing, asset-backed financing, structured and other off-balance-sheet financings, acquisition financing, LBO, refinancing and restructuring.
He assists clients in developments, operation, finance, and dispute matters connected to real properties, including hotels, department stores and industrial and commercial complexes. With respect to works on major projects, he has advised on the preparation of tenders for public construction and BOT projects and has frequently represented clients in negotiating key agreements. Chuang is seasoned in domestic and cross-border public and private mergers and acquisitions.
The practices of Chuang’s on real estate and projects mainly focus on (1) REITs: With the wide-ranging experiences representing different REITs in Taiwan. He recently assisted the listing of Millerful REITs and continually advise on its acquisition of new targets; (2) Commercial real estate: For large-scale commercial real estate projects, including large shopping mall and hotel, Chuang is specialised at structuring the whole transaction tailoring for advising on the negotiation with potential investors, the structure of the preferred shares, arrangement of leverage and fund structure, drafting, hotel franchise and negotiation of lease agreements with first-line local and international brands; (3) Urban renewal: Chuang has not only extensive insights but also massive experience with respect to the coordination and negotiation with government authorities, developers, and landowners; (4) Real estate developing: As for the real estate developing, Chuang has accumulated plentiful experience, including land development, joint construction, and syndicated loan, etc. His client includes large integrated commercial building developers and port BOT developers.
Tel: +886 2 2326 5125
|Key practice areas: M&A; capital markets; data protection, privacy & security; emerging growth & venture capital; environment, land, & natural resources|
|Jacqueline Fu is the Taipei office managing partner at K&L Gates. She focuses her practice on general corporate and commercial transactions, M&A, venture capital transactions, private equity fund investments, and securities laws.
Fu advises Taiwan public companies and subsidiaries of multinational companies on the legal issues encountered in their day-to-day operations. She also advises multinational companies on acquiring Taiwan public or private companies and Taiwan based companies in cross-border transactions, including M&A transactions in the US and Europe. She is recognised for handling unprecedented projects that require creative structures and coordination with governmental agencies within the boundaries of strict Taiwan laws and requirements. She acted as lead counsel in Taiwan on the first preferred stock transactions mirroring the Silicon Valley venture capital transactions and the privatisation of a dual-listed company (Taipei Exchange and Nasdaq listed) and subsequent restructuring of its Taiwan successor issuer with more than 400 public shareholders into a Cayman holding company.
She also served as the Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan.
Fu is licensed to practice New York law and Taiwan law. She graduated from National Taiwan University with a bachelor’s degree in law and Harvard Law School with a master’s degree in law.
|Mark J Harty
LCS & Partners
Tel: +886 2 2729 8000 (ext. 7735)
|Key practice areas: M&A; banking & syndicated loans; insurance; structured finance; project finance|
|Mark J Harty obtained his AB degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard College and his JD degree from Harvard Law School. He is admitted to the bar in the State of New York and has extensive experience in complex, multi-jurisdictional matters. His practice focuses on M&A, syndicated lending, project finance and other bank finance, including ship and aircraft finance, insurance, private equity, derivatives and structured finance, capital markets, foreign direct investment, and debt restructuring.
Prior to joining LCS & Partners, Harty worked with Shearman & Sterling for approximately 20 years in New York, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Tokyo and Singapore and at various times was the managing lawyer in charge of the Taipei, Beijing and Tokyo offices. Harty’s experience includes nine years as a senior attorney in Shearman & Sterling’s project development and finance team, during which he worked on drafting, negotiating and financing EPC, O&M and other project documents for multiple projects in China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand.
Harty’s experience includes advising in connection with numerous major infrastructure projects around the globe, including the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant, Three Gorges Dam, Three Gorges Transmission Network, Ling Ao Nuclear Power Plant, Qinshan Phase III Nuclear Power Plant, multiple power plant projects in the Philippines and China, petrochemical projects in Taiwan and China, and solar power and offshore wind projects in Taiwan. He has also worked on major debt restructuring projects in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia, including representing the Steering Committee of creditors of Asia Pulp & Paper in the restructuring of approximately USD7 billion of debt.
Harty has lived and worked in Asia for over 36 years, and he is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. Harty has been recognised as a leading lawyer in banking, M&A, project finance and venture capital and private equity transactions by various publications. He also has been active in two major international law firm networks. He served on the Board of the World Services Group for six years, including one year as Chairman, and he is currently on the Board of ALFA International.
Guo Ju Law Firm
Tel: +886 2 2577 6123 ext. 220
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; corporate governance; IP; M&A; outbound investment|
|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 in mainland China and the US. He was awarded Top 100 lawyers by Lawyer Monthly, a British professional magazine, in 2011, ranked in China’s Top 100 lawyers by China Business Law Journal from 2016 to 2018, and ranked Taiwan’s Top 100 lawyers by China Business Law Journal in 2019 as well.
Hsin successively obtained his LLB degree from Fu Jen Catholic University, MBA degree from National Taipei University, LLM degree from Northwestern University, the US, and PhD from East China University of Political Science and Law, and attended doctoral program of BA at National Taipei University. After working in the legal department of PricewaterhouseCoopers (Taiwan) and Lee and Li for a few years, he set up Guo Ju Law Firm in 2008.
|Jackson Shuai-Sheng Huang
Tel: +886 2 27557366 Ext. 260
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; corporate governance; litigation; M&A|
|Jackson Shuai-Sheng Huang, senior partner of Formosa Transnational, specialises in complex litigations and M&A deals.
Jackson has been recognised by various legal ranking authorities such as Asialaw, IFLR, Chambers and Partners and Asia Business Law Journal as the leading lawyer in dispute resolution and M&A sectors. He is well connected to and has been appointed to key positions in various prominent business associations in Taiwan, such as a member of the legal advisory committee, Taiwan’s Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce (CNAIC), member of the financial and tax advisory committee, the Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI), and member of the International Economic Relationships Committee, General Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of China (ROCCOC).
Jackson is qualified in Taiwan and New York and holds two LLM degrees, one from the London School of Economics and the other from Columbia University School of Law.
|Hung Ou Yang
Brain Trust International Law Firm
Tel: + 886 2 2707 9976
|Key practice areas: Transnational dispute; corporation & commerce; international trade; investment & arbitration; international inheritance & family enterprise succession|
|Hung Ou Yang, managing partner of Brain Trust International Law Firm, specialises in transnational legal disputes, international trade, business and white-collar crime, and antitrust. Hung Ou Yang has successfully resolved many high-profile civil, criminal, and transnational disputes, including but not limited to representing Simpolo, Icon, and other Indian tiles companies in an anti-dumping investigation regarding ceramic tiles, advising PharmaEngine to deal with its commercial dispute regarding a merger with a French company, representing Indo Kordsa for its corporate internal investigation which led to exposing the biggest bank fraud case in Taiwan history. Hung Ou Yang is currently a recommended Taiwan lawyer by The Legal 500 and other international organisations.|
Lee and Li
Tel: +886 2 2763 8000 ext. 2179
|Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; data protection; e-commerce, fintech, blockchain & cryptos; M&A; technology, media & telecommunications|
|Tseng Ken-Ying specialises in M&A, personal data protection, e-commerce, the laws of the internet, telecommunications, and technology. Having advised on various forms of merger and acquisition, she is experienced in resolving both legal and commercial issues. Ken-Ying’s technology practices cover artificial intelligence, fintech, OTT, e-payment, P2P lending, sharing economy, domain names, e-signature, cybersecurity, e-trading, ICP, MOD, cable TV, and satellite TV. Ken-Ying also advises clients on corporate governance, general compliance, offshore and onshore listing, employment, and pharmaceutical-related matters.
Ken-Ying headed the firm’s M&A Practice Group for more than 10 years, while she formed the personal data protection practice group at Lee and Li in 2012. In response to recent digitalisation requirements and trends, she established the firm’s digital, TMT and data privacy practice group by combining the firm’s relevant practices in 2021 and currently leads the group.