Taiwan

IFLR1000 Reviews

Corporate and M&A
Dentons

Dentons’s Taipei office was established in May of 2010 and provides legal services on the full spectrum of practice areas. The team equipped with professionals licensed to practice in Taiwan, China, the United States and the United Kingdom.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm is recognised for its work in the equity capital markets and M&A practices in Taiwan. It has specialities in corporate and M&A, securities, private equity, cross-border Investments and restructuring matters.

 

Key clients 

Key clients of the firm include Andes Technology, AP Memory Technology, Bizlink Holding and PChome Online.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

Investment funds

“Knowledge on both local and international practice on critical legal issues.”

 

M&A

“Dentons is very professional and experienced in the entire auction process, supporting us to the final stage of negotiation. Dentons lawyer James Hsiao also has a problem-solving mentality, helping us make a more well-rounded commercial decision, from a legal standpoint. This is a rare quality in my view.”

Financial and corporate
Ching Cheng Attorneys

Founded in 2012, Ching Cheng Attorneys at Law is a full-service law firm, based in Taipei. 

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm is experienced in corporate and M&A. It advises clients in healthcare and life-sciences on cross-border and domestic deals such as investments, joint-ventures and acquisitions. 

 

Key clients 

Among its clients is James Hou. 

 

Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

During the research period the firm has been active in corporate and M&A. It adviseacquirers and investors in the life-sciences and healthcare industries on cross-border investments and joint ventures.

Formosan Brothers

Formosan Brothers is a full-service Taiwanese law firm that was established in 1997. It has offices in Taipei and Hsinchu.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm is best known for its restructuring and insolvency, project development, bankruptcy and telecommunications work. The firm also actively advises clients in the banking and finance, debt and equity capital markets and M&A practices.

 

Key clients 

Formosan Brothers has a strong client base in the aviation, technology and real estate industries.

Tsar & Tsai

Tsar & Tsai is a full-service Taiwanese law firm established in 1965 by Ruchin Tsar and Paul Tsai and has since grown to encompass over 70 professionals. The firm provides services to local and foreign clients on all aspects of commercial transactions, and on domestic and international dispute resolution and litigation.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm is best known for its finance, M&A and capital markets work in the transactional space.

 

Key clients 

Key clients of the firm include Taiwania Capital Management Corporation, Academia Sinica, Lai Sun Development Company, 58 freight, Marelli Corporation, GlobalWafers, Advantage Partners, SF Holding, and HP.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2022/2023)  

The finance team was active in financing and regulatory mandates for projects in the energy, education, and real estate sectors.

In the capital markets area, the team advised on IPOs, rights issues, privatisation, equity transactions, and zero-coupon convertible bonds primarily for issuers, sellers, and investors.

The corporate team was very active in cross-border acquisitions for both buy and sell sides. The team advised clients across regions in the US, UK, Germany, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan in different sectors such as energy, logistics, consumer goods and services, chemical, technology, and telecommunications.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2022/2023)

Cathay Sustainable $2.7 billion 605MW Greater Changhua 1 offshore wind financing

Lai Sun Development $1.19 billion rights issue

58 freight $ 400 million HKEX IPO

GlobalWafers $1 billion currency linked zero coupon convertible bonds issue

INEOS $5 billion acquisitions of BP

SF Holding HK$17.6 billion acquisition of Kerry Logistics

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2022/2023)   

M&A

"Obtained the TFTC's decision within a requested timeline."

  

Matt Liu

"Understood well the timeline of the deal and handled the case to meet the timeline."

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is a Chicago-based international law firm with over 6000 lawyers across 77 offices. In Asia-Pacific it has 17 offices including in Taipei where it has been servicing clients since 1975 and is one of the few international firms in the market. 

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm has a very strong finance practice working with Taiwanese and global banks and borrowers on M&A mandates and the financing of national infrastructure projects. It also has a strong capital markets practice. 

 

Key clients  

Key clients of the firm include ANZ Banking Group, Far Eastern International Bank, BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered Bank, ING Bank, Lotus Pharmaceutical and Cathay Financial Holding. 

Chen & Lin

Established in 1992, Chen & Lin is an independent Taiwanese law firm with offices in Taipei and Hsinchu.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

On the transactional front the firm is best known for its M&A, capital markets and finance practices. 

 

Key clients  

Key clients of the firm include CTBC Bank, Nanzong Construction Development, Walsin Lihwa Corporation, Holmbergs Safety System, Taiwan Pulp & Paper Corporation and Alchemist Capital Partners Korea. 

Eiger

Eiger is a full-service law firm founded in 2001 with offices in Taipei and Shanghai.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm is recognised for its work in the M&A area and actively advises clients on banking & finance, and corporate and investments matters.

 

Key clients 

Key clients of the firm include UPS, Hasbro, Santera and Formula Chemicals.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

Banking

“Their advice is timely, commercial and fees are reasonable.”

 

M&A

“Very responsive and experienced.”

 

Eiger Law

Established in 2001, Eiger is a full service law firm with offices in Taipei and Shanghai.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm has a focus on the APAC and Greater China region and is recognized for its corporate and M&A work.

Sectors of activity include banking and financial services, technology, hospitality and pharmaceuticals.

 

Key clients  

Clients include Subway, Hasbro, Santera, UPS, and Formula Chemicals.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates is one of the few international firms with a substantial presence and domestic capabilities in Taipei. 

The firm is best known for its M&A and capital markets work in the semiconductor and IT hardware business, artificial intelligence and disruptive technology, renewable energy and life sciences sectors.

Key clients of the firm include New Green Power, Swancor Holding, Cloud Mile, Aslan Pharmaceuticals, Yuanta Securities and KGI Asia.

During the research period, the firm has been involved in the largest ever secondary market sale of a solar portfolio in Taiwan, corporate restructuring mandates, and acquisitions and divestments in offshore wind, semiconductors and medical devices. The firm has also assisted clients in various funding rounds and in convertible bonds, ADS and GDS offerings.

Deal highlights

-BlackRock Real Assets acquisition of New Green Power and J&V Energy Technology solar assets

-FLEXium Interconnect $100 million zero coupon convertible bond issue

-Stonepeak Oceanview (Cayman) Holdings $101 million acquisition of Swancor Renewable Energy

LCS & Partners

LCS & Partners is an independent Taiwanese corporate law firm based in Taipei. It is Taiwan’s exclusive member firm of the global legal networks World Services Group and ALFA International. The firm was founded in 1998 and has grown to approximately 50 legal professionals.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is best known for its M&A, cross-border investments and financing, renewable energy, capital markets, private equity funds, restructuring and insolvency, technology law, fintech law, securitisation and entertainment law work.

 

Key clients 

Key clients of the firm include KGI Securities, SinoPac Securities, Yuanta Securities, Entie Commercial Bank, Longreach Capital Partners, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Cathay Sustainable Private Equity Fund and Digit Mobile.

Lin & Partners

Lin and Partners is a Taipei-based boutique independent Taiwanese law firm with an additional office in Kaohsiung City. The firm provides a full range of legal services to both domestic and foreign clients.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm has transactional capability in banking and finance, M&A, e-commerce & e-payments, energy, gaming and hospitality, government projects, infrastructure and public procurement. Other sectors of focus include gambling, fintech, aviation and shipping.

 

Key clients 

Key clients of the firm include Bankers Association of the Republic of China, Ministry of Justice and Taoyuan Metro Corporation.

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

Financial services regulatory

“Very innovative and responsive.”

Nishimura & Asahi

Nishimura & Asahi is a Big Four Japanese law firm with 530 lawyers across 14 offices including 10 overseas. The firm opened its office in Taipei in April 2020 to become the only Japanese firm with a Taiwan practice.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm’s Taipei office is active in the M&A market. It offers legal services related to direct investment in Taiwan by Japanese companies, direct investment in Japan by Taiwanese companies, joint ventures and other M&A mandates, corporate advice, restructuring mandates and listings in Taiwan.

 

Key clients 

Key clients of the firm include Walsin Technology, H2O Retailing, Toshiba, Net Protections, Advantage Partners, Tokyo Century, Denso, Hokuriku Electric Power, Toho Gas and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.

PwC Legal

Active in Taiwan since 2000, PwC Legal extends its services beyond the jurisdiction through its membership of the PricewaterhouseCoopers international network.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm is recognized for its corporate and M&A capabilities and has experience in sectors including automotive, technology, retail, and food and beverage.

 

Key clients  

Notable clients include Greendich Enterprise, Uni-President Enterprises, China Petrochemical Development Corporation, President Chain Store, and Ting Hsin Group.

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

M&A

"(1) Helped us understand the target company more, clarify legal issues and disclose some potential litigation risks in due diligence process. (2) Assisted in composing SPA as well as transaction related documentation to local government."

"They are not only doing the work, but also providing professional opinion for our strategic move and negotiation with the seller within a limited time. Their international knowledge/experience and resources are also quite abundant. They always have a great attitude so it was a very good experience for us to work with them."

Russin & Vecchi

Russin & Vecchi is an international law firm with eleven independent but affiliated offices spanning the globe. The firm opened its Taipei office in 1976 with an extensive domestic and international practice.

 

Focusses / specialisms 

Russin & Vecchi’s Taipei office is strongest in the banking and finance sector. The firm actively advises clients with corporate and M&A transactions, debt and equity capital markets, mutual funds shipping and restructuring and insolvency.

 

Key clients 

The clientele of the firm includes international banks and financial institutions, manufacturers, computer and computer component suppliers, intellectual property owners, franchisers, traders and securities underwriters.

Winkler Partners

Winkler Partners is a full service Taipei-based law firm that was established in 2002 as Taiwan’s first partnership between Taiwanese and foreign attorneys. 

 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm was traditionally known for its intellectual property work but has since bolted on a transactional team that focuses on corporate transactions and investment matters in Taiwan, including in capital markets, M&A, corporate restructurings, private equity and venture capital investments.

 

Key clients  

Key clients of the firm include energy, technology, fitness, shipping and consumer goods companies