Activities
  1. 【著作】胥博懷弁護士が、月刊 ザ・ローヤーズ 2014年11月号において、『台湾での日系企業IPO(新規上場)の利点』を執筆しました(弁護士法人 第一法律事務所山本和人弁護士と共著)。
  2. 【公共参加】当事務所の蔡嘉政弁護士及び程威居弁護士は、東呉大学の法科大学院で開催される模擬法廷コンテストに参加する学生たちの訴訟実務経験の指導者として招かれました。
  3. 【講演活動】当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士が2013年11月29日に世新大学の会社法科目で「企業合併と買収実務事例」の講演に招かれます。
  4. 【公共参加】当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士、羅祖芳弁護士及び張琬婷弁護士が2013年11月20日に国立台湾大学の法科大学院で開催される「法曹のキャリアプラン講座~多元的な法曹像」に座長として出席します。
  5. 【公共参加】当事務所の蔡嘉政弁護士が2013年11月19日に東呉大学で「法曹のキャリアプラン講座」の講演に招かれます。
  6. 【講演活動】 当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士は2013年7月20日、台北律師公会 (Taipei Bar Association) 公司治理及企業併購委員会 (コーポレートガバナンスおよび企業買収合併委員会) を主宰し、世新大学法学院の胡韶雯助理教授をお招きし、「コーポレートガバナンスに関する法制度の改正と実務的発展」という題で講演をしていただきました。
  7. 【講演活動】 当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士は2013年6月22日、台北律師公会 (Taipei Bar Association) 公司治理及企業併購委員会 (コーポレートガバナンスおよび企業買収合併委員会) を主宰し、台湾大学法学院の邵慶平副教授をお招きし、「企業における証券取引法と侵権行為法の交錯 ― 裁判所による実務上の見解を例に」という題で講演をしていただきました。
  8. 【公共参加】 当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士、李師栄弁護士及び劉孟哲弁護士が、2013年5月30日に国立政治大学で開催された「法曹のキャリアプラン講座~多元的な法曹像」懇談会にパネリストとして?出席しました。
  9. 【公共参加】 当事務所の劉孟哲弁護士が、2013年4月17日に中華民国証券投資信託及び顧問商業協同組合に同行して北京中国証券監督管理委員会及び国家外国為替管理局を訪問しました。
  10. 【教育訓練】当事務所は、2013年3月29日、国立政治大学法学大学院の林佳和助教授を招いて「労働法規に関する問題の解析及び法改正の動向」を開催しました。
  11. 【公共参加】 当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士、蔡嘉政弁護士及び張君珮弁護士は2013年3月20日、国立台北大学で開催される「学生キャリアシリーズ講座 ― 『典型』と『非典型』の対話」と題するフォーラムに出席します。
  12. 【講演活動】 当事務所の劉康身弁護士が、財団法人生物技術開発センターの招待を受けたため、2013年3月14日、「個人情報保護法の施行細則及び企業がどうのように対応していくか」という講演を開きます。
  13. 【講演活動】 当事務所の劉孟哲弁護士は2012年7月24日社団法人台湾理財顧問認証協会の招待を受け、2013年3月12日に「金融サービス業における個人情報保護法施行のポイント及び法的責任」という題で講演を行いました。
  14. 【教育訓練】 当事務所は、2013年1月16日、林鈺雄教授を招いて「大法廷制度の特定テーマ講演」を開きました。
  15. 【講演活動】 当事務所の蔡嘉政弁護士が台北弁護士協会から2013年1月11日に「第二世代国民健康保険説明会」の座長として招かれました。
  16. 【教育訓練】 当事務所は、2013年1月8日、謝銘洋教授を招いて「特許新法に関する問題の探究及び評価分析-兼我が国における現行の知的財産法制に関する問題を論じる」を開きました。
  17. 【講演活動】 当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士は、会社組織研究発展協会から2012年11月29日に「企業コンプライアンス及び取締役会の秘書役のベストな実務フォーラム」におけるパネリストとしての出席依頼を受けました。
  18. 【研究計画】当事務所は中華民国証券投資信託および顧問商業同業公会 (SECURITIES INVESTMENT TRUST & CONSULTING ASSOCIATION OF THE R.O.C.) の委託を受け、「在台ファンドはいかに中国市場に参入販売するかに関する研究」について研究し、研究報告を提供しています。
  19. 【講演活動】 当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士は2012年11月24日、台北律師公会 (Taipei Bar Association) 公司治理及企業併購委員会 (コーポレート・ガバナンスおよび企業買収合併委員会) を主宰し、朱德芳副教授をお招きして「インサイダー取引の規範における最新の発展」と題してご講演いただきます。
  20. 【講演活動】 当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士は2012年10月13日、台北律師公会 (Taipei Bar Association) 公司治理及企業併購委員会 (コーポレートガバナンスおよび企業買収合併委員会) を主宰し、林仁光教授をお招きして「変動中のコーポレート・ガバナンス-ポスト世界金融危機の改革」と題してご講演いただきます。
  21. 【講演活動】 当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士ならびに劉孟哲弁護士は2012年8月16日、行政院金融監督管理委員会証券期貨局に招かれ、「外国口座税務コンプライアンス法 (FATCA) 規定の資産管理業者に対する影響について」と題して講演を行いました。
  22. 【講演活動】 当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士は2012年8月4日、台北律師公会 (Taipei Bar Association) に、「弁護士が裁判所から管理人、清算人などの職務に選任された際に直面する困難および不合理な扱いに関する問題座談会」のパネリストとして招かれました。
  23. 【講演活動】 当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士、劉孟哲弁護士ならびに頼宛瑩弁護士は2012年7月24日、中華民国証券投資信託および顧問商業同業公会 (SECURITIES INVESTMENT TRUST & CONSULTING ASSOCIATION OF THE R.O.C.) に招かれ、「個人情報保護法施行細則と金融業による対応の道」と題して講演を行いました。
  24. 【講演活動】 当事務所の盧偉銘弁護士は2012年4月7日、台北律師公会 (Taipei Bar Association) 公司治理及企業併購委員会 (コーポレート・ガバナンスおよび企業買収合併委員会) を主宰し、林國全教授を招きして「金融消費者保護法の初歩的分析」と題してご講演いただきました。
  25. 【公共参加】 当事務所の蔡嘉政弁護士は、台北律師公会 (Taipei Bar Association) 副祕書長に就任しました。
  26. 【講演活動】 当事務所の劉康身弁護士ならびに葉秋英顧問は2011年12月12日、中華民国証券商業同業公会 (Taiwan Securities Association) に招かれ、「個人情報保護法とその施行細則」と題して講演を行いました。
  27. 【公共参加】 当事務所の李師榮弁護士は、台北律師公会 (Taipei Bar Association) 祕書長に就任しました。

Lexgroup Newsletter from Lexcel Partners(Issue No. 269)
2017-04-18    

Labor
 
1.     Draft Amendment to the Enforcement Rules of Labor Standards Act and an Announcement on Truck Freight Transportation
 
The Ministry of Labor ("MOL") announced a draft amendment to the Enforcement Rules of Labor Standards Act on March 15, 2017, to respond to the promulgation of the amendments to the Labor Standards Act  ("LSA") at the end of last year.  The draft amendment provides more flexibility through interpretation of the relevant controversial provisions regarding "annual leaves".  Please refer to our Alert Sheet from March 20 for details:Draft Amendment to the Enforcement Rules of Labor Standards Act.  
On the same day, the MOL announced that truck freight transportation industry may apply the 8-week flexible working hours under Paragraph 3 of Article 30 of the LSA.

Reported by: David Tsai / Zachary Peng
 
Criminal Code
 
2.     Draft Amendments to the Criminal Code and the Enforcement Law of Criminal Code
 
The Ministry of Justice announced the draft amendments to the Criminal Code and the Enforcement Law of Criminal Code on March 21, 2017.  We summarize the key points below.
 
(1) Crime tools or criminal gains which are located after the final/conclusive guilty judgments may be confiscated independently, unless the judgment was final/conclusive before July 1, 2016.
 
(2) The statute of limitation does not apply to criminal offenses with maximum punishment of death penalties, life imprisonment or 10 years (or more) imprisonment, namely in crimes that cause death to others, unless the statute of limitations for such criminal offenses started before the amendment and has not passed.
 
(3) Violation of the seizure order issued by civil servants under the Compulsory Enforcement Act, the Administrative Execution Act, or the Code of Criminal Procedure shall be subject to imprisonment for less than 2 years (included), detention, or a criminal fine of less than NTD200,000 (included).
 
(4) The draft amendment removes the criminal offenses of occupational negligent manslaughter and occupational negligent injury, while it raises the criminal liabilities for normal negligent manslaughter and normal negligent injury.
 
(5) The draft amendment increases the criminal liability for enhanced larceny by one-half of that for normal larceny.
 
Reported by: David Tsai / Zachary Peng
 
Taxation
 
3.     Draft Amendments to the Customs Act
 
The prosperity of cross-border on-line shopping has resulted in unfair competition with domestic retailers.  Therefore, the Ministry of Finance announced the draft amendments to the Customs Act on March 22, 2017.  Under the current law, imported goods with taxable value lower than NTD3,000 are exempt from customs tax, as well as the business tax and the commodity tax levied by Customs.  This threshold will be reduced from NTD3,000 to NTD2,000, according to the draft amendments.  To avoid the abuse of this tax exemption, a tax-payer who imports goods more than 6 times every half a year shall not enjoy such tax exemption.
 
Reported by: Stacy Lo / Peter Huang
 
4.     Draft Amendments to the Securities Transaction Tax Act
 
On March 23, 2017, the Finance Committee of the Legislative Yuan passed the draft amendments to Article 2-2 of the Securities Transaction Tax Act, which reduces security transaction taxes on day-trading to 1.5‰.  The effective period will be one year. The stock market is expected to be stimulated along with the escalated volumes of dealing.
 
Reported by: Stacy Lo / Peter Huang
 
5.     Draft Amendments Related to Interpretation No. 746
 
It is inappropriate to impose interests on overdue fees according to Interpretation No. 746.  To comply with the interpretation, the Executive Yuan announced the draft amendments to Article 51 of the Estate and Gift Tax Act, Article 112 of the Income Tax Act, Articles 50 and 60 of the Value-added and Non-value-added Business Tax Act, Article 31 of the Commodity Tax Act, Articles 18 and 23 of the Tobacco and Alcohol Tax Act, and Article 20 of the Charges and Fees Act on March 30, 2017 to delete the provisions in relation to imposing interests on overdue fees and imposing overdue fees and interests on surcharges for belated filing or non-filing.
 
Reported by: Stacy Lo / Peter Huang
 
Fair Trade
 
6.     Draft Amendment to Fair Trade Act
 
The Fair Trade Commission ("FTC") preannounced the draft amendment to the Fair Trade Act on March 16, 2017, which will empower the FTC to conduct search and seizure.  According to the draft amendment, when investigating anti-competitive cases, the FTC may search, in order to locate or secure key evidence, the business premises, domiciles, owned buildings or other residences; vehicles; electro-magnetic records; and the physical body of the involved business operator.  Only if there are fairly reasonable grounds showing that key evidence may be in existence, the FTC may also search any third party.  The FTC shall report to the prosecutor for approval, and then apply for a search warrant with the district court having jurisdiction.  If objects eligible for evidence are located during the search, such objects may be seized.  Please refer to our Alert Sheet of March 30 for details:Draft Amendment to the Fair Trade Act.
 
Reported by: Kangshen Liu / Zachary Peng
 
Food and Drug Administration
 
7.     Amendment to Schedule II of Standards for Determination of Exaggerated, Misleading or Medical-Effect-Describing Food Labeling, Propaganda or Advertising Languages
 
The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced on March 16, 2017, the promulgation of the amendment to Schedule II of the “Standards for Determination of Exaggerated, Misleading or Medical-Effect-Describing Food Labeling, Propaganda or Advertising Languages”, taking effect on the same date.  The amendment is summarized below.
 
(1)   It adds allowable descriptions for physiological functions of “proteins”, shown by the following examples: “one of the source materials for muscle synthesis” and “can be used for muscle growth”; and allowable descriptions for physiological functions of “dietary fiber”, shown by the following examples: “can promote bowel movements”, “increase satiety”, “making stool softer and easier to discharge”, and “appropriate amount of dietary fiber in diet can increase stool bulk”.
 
(2)   It is corrected in the Annotation that as a premise to use the allowable descriptions for physiological functions of nutrients set forth in Schedules I and II of the Standards, the labeled nutrient “content” must comply with the “Binding Matters for Nutritional Claim of Packaged Foods” and the “Binding Matters for Nutrition Facts Labeling of Packaged Tablet of Capsule Food Products Containing Vitamins or Minerals”; otherwise, the labeled “amount of minimum daily intake” must be no lower than that set forth in Schedule II, instead of Schedule I.
 
Reported by: Jolene Wang / Crick Liang
 
Intellectual Property
 
8.     Taiwan and the United States signed Memorandum of Understanding concerning Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Cooperation
 
On February 22, 2017 in Washington, D.C., the Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Cooperation.  This is to strengthen Taiwan and the United States in cooperative investigative responses to violations of intellectual property rights laws and trade fraud laws, and to allow the two to work together to share practices, techniques and information.  Under the framework of this MOU, Taiwan and the United States will jointly promote specific cooperation matters, such as exchange of law enforcement methodology and techniques, information sharing, training and cooperation, and improvement of knowledge on combating the import, exporting and trafficking in counterfeit merchandise and reproduction and distribution of pirated copyrighted works.
 
Reported by: Jolene Wang / Linda Cheng
 
Offshore overseas foreign institutional investors
 
9.     Amendment to the Issues that a SITE Shall Report
 
On March 15, 2017, Financial Supervisory Commission (FSCissued a ruling (with Ref No. Chin-Guan-Zheng-Quan-Zi-1060004899) to amend the applicable scope of securities borrowing and lending where offshore overseas foreign institutional investors participate. It is not limited to specific foreign institutional investors defined in the previous ruling and removes the request for filing a declaration when the private placement of mutual funds and unit trusts apply to open a borrowed-stock account.
 
Reported by: Jeffrey Liu / Edison Tang
 
Finance
 
10. Amendment to the Regulations Governing Offshore Structured Products
 
The FSC amended the Regulations Governing Offshore Structured Products on March 3, 2017.  With respect to the qualifications for professional investors who are juristic persons or funds, the person authorized by such investors to handle transactions shall also possess adequate financial product investment professional knowledge and management experience.  In addition, juristic persons or funds meeting the qualifications of professional investors shall sign a consent letter to become a professional investor after fully understanding the liability that trustees or distributors can waive when conducting mandate transactions.  Additionally, trustees or distributors are required to set forth the assessment process for financial product investment professional knowledge and management experience that professional investors shall possess and such processes shall be incorporated in the KYC procedure and be approved by the board of directors.  The amendment will take effect 6 months after publication.
 
Reported by: Stacy Lo / Angela Lin
 
Telecommunication
 
11. NCC's Ruling
 
According to Paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article 25 of the Satellite Broadcasting Act (the "Act"), a Satellite Channel and Program Supply Business shall not treat system operators equal without discrimination; and said system operators, as the National Communications Commission ("NCC") has clarified, shall include multimedia content transporting platform, such as MOD of Chunghwa Telecom.  NCC further clarified on March 28, 2017, that an Other-Type Channel and Program Supply Business, such as shopping channels, may offer its contents through said multimedia content transporting platform within a grace period of two years, starting from January 6, 2016, in accordance with Paragraph 2 of Article 64 of the Act.
 
Reported by: Kangshen Liu / Nereid Lin
 
Advanced Infrastructure Special Statute
 
12. Draft of Advanced Infrastructure Special Statue
 
The Executive Yuan preannounced a draft of the Advanced Infrastructure Special Statue on March 23, 2017, which we summarize below:
 
(1)   “Advanced infrastructure” refers to infrastructure for Railroads, Water Resources, Green Energy, Digital Technologies, and Urban-rural Classification.
 
(2)   The official budget for advanced infrastructure is capped at NTD890 billion.
 
(3)   The Statute shall come into force on the day of its promulgation, expiring December 31, 2024.
 
Reported by: Kangshen Liu / Allen Lai
Editors:
Mike Lu (Partner)
Stacy Lo (Partner)
Jeffrey Liu (Partner)
Kang-Shen Liu (Partner)
David Tsai (Partner)
Counselors:
Echo Yeh
Sue Su
Shih-Jung Lee
Jolene Wang (Lexcel Partners IP)

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