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. 286)II
2017-12-26    

 

 
9.     Draft Regulations on Application for Investment in Venture Capitals and Management Consulting Business of Commercial banks
 
The FSC has completed the process for announcement of the draft “Regulations on Application for Investment in Venture Capitals and Management Consulting Business of Commercial banks” and will soon publish for implement. The main points of the regulations are as follows:
 
(1) To stipulate that the venture capitals and management consulting business for establishing venture capitals fall under “other approved financial businesses by the competent authorities” under Paragraph 4, Article 74 of the Banking Act.
 
(2) To stipulate the investment cap and shareholding restrictions in venture capitals made by commercial banks.
 
(3) The responsible persons or employees of the commercial banks may not act as the managers of the venture capitals invested by such commercial banks.
 
(4) Where the commercial bank engages in loans or transactions other than loans with its invested venture capitals, management consulting business and business invested by the venture capitals, such transactions shall be processed according to the provisions of related party transactions under the Banking Act and the Financial Holding Company Act.
 
Reported by:Stacy Lo / Rady Lee
 
10.     Amendment to the Scopes of Qualified Institutional Investors and Prescribed Level of Financial Capacity or Professional Expertise in the Financial Consumer Protection Act
 
On December 6, 2017, the FSC, based on the authorization of Paragraph 2, Article 4 of the Financial Consumer Protection Act (the "Act"), announced an amendment to the scopes of "qualified institutional investors" and "natural persons or juristic persons with a prescribed level of financial capacity or professional expertise" in the Act.
 
This amendment removes the separate definition of "a juristic persons with a prescribed level of financial capacity or professional expertise", and the requirements for professional juristic/natural persons in other relevant financial regulatory regulations will apply directly.  Further, the following are added into the relevant regulations to be referred to: Guidelines Governing Conduct of Suitability Evaluation of Funds for Clients by Securities Investment Trust / Consulting Enterprises of Securities Investment Trust & Consulting Association ("SITCA"), Regulations Governing the Conduct of Discretionary Investment Business by Securities Investment Trust Enterprises and Securities Investment Consulting Enterprises of SITCA, Standards for Internal Control Systems of Futures Trusts Enterprises of Chinese National Futures Association and Regulations Governing the Conduct of Discretionary Investment Business in Futures Trading by Managed Futures Enterprises of Chinese National Futures Association.
 
Reported by:Stacy Lo / Nereid Lin
 
Securities
 
11.     Amendments to the "Regulations Governing Securities Firms"
 
On December 5, 2017, the FSC announced the amendments to the "Regulations Governing Securities Firms”.  The key points of the amendments are summarized below:
 
(1)To relax the ratio of net worth of total outstanding debts that securities firms may not exceed.
 
(2)To specify the use of special reserves.  If the accumulated amount of special reserves has reached 25% of paid-in capital, the exceeding part may be used for capitalization.
 
(3)To specify that the execution and hedge operation of a security firm in connection with financial derivatives may be excluded from the calculation of limit of holding equity securities issued by related parties.
 
(4)To relax the financial qualifications of a security firm to operate in trading financial derivatives at its business place.
 
(5)To add that where the settlement of exchange is required for the client's payment related to the trading of financial derivatives, such matter may be handled by the same securities firm engaged in spot foreign exchange.
 
(6)To stipulate that the bank account for settlement of the securities firm consigned for trading of securities is not limited to a current deposit account.
 
(7)To strengthen the relevant regulations on products examination and business handling of financial derivatives trading business of securities firms, and clarify relevant application procedures.
 
(8)To specify that the securities firms may apply to the FSC for increasing the amount of investment in overseas business and to specify the timing of post reports of material events of said overseas business.
 
Reported by:Jeffrey Liu / Jack Tai
 
IFRSs
 
12.     International Financial Reporting Standards (''IFRS'')
 
On December 8, 2017, the FSC issued a ruling (with Ref No. Chin-Guan-Zheng-Cyuan-Zi-1060047129) to announce, according to the Regulations Governing the Preparation of Financial Reports by Securities Firms, the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), International Accounting Standards (IAS), and Interpretations developed by the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) or the former Standing Interpretations Committee (SIC) recognized by the FSC shall refer to the GAAP applicable in 2018, which will become effective on January 1, 2018.  The information will be announced on the IFRS Download Section of the Securities and Futures Bureau's Website.
 
Reported by: Jeffrey Liu / Edison Tang
 
Intellectual Property
 
13.     Operational Directions Governing the Mutual Cooperation between Taiwan and the United Kingdom in the Field of Deposit of Biological Materials for the Purposes of Patent Procedure
 
On December 1, 2017, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office ("TIPO") and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office ("UKIPO") signed a Memorandum of Understanding on "Mutual Cooperation in Biological Materials for the Purpose of Patent Procedure between Taiwan and the United Kingdom" and came into force on the same day.  The MOEA accordingly announced on December 4, 2017 "Operational Directions Governing the Mutual Cooperation between Taiwan and the United Kingdom in the Field of Deposit of Biological Materials for the Purposes of Patent Procedure" ("Directions"), effective as of December 1, 2017.  The main points of the Directions are as follows:
 
(1)Through the mutual cooperation between Taiwan and the UK, the deposit of biological materials made for the purposes of patent procedure at a Designated Depository by one side shall be recognized for the purposes of patent procedure by the specific patent agency of the other side.
 
(2)The scope of said recognition shall include the fact and date of deposit provided by the Designated Depository and the sample as furnished directly from the deposited biological materials.
 
(3)The Designated Depositories shall mean respectively the Food Industry Research and Development Institute ("FIRDI") in Taiwan and the depository institution(s) in the UK in line with the relevant provisions of the UK and in conformity with the following requirements: the institution (i) carries out the functions of receiving, accepting and storing biological materials and the furnishing of samples of such biological materials (whether generally or of a specific type); and (ii) conducts its affairs, in so far as they relate to the carrying out of those functions, in an objective and impartial manner.
 
(4)Where a deposit of biological materials has been made prior to the implementation of the Directions and the relevant patent application for invention is filed to the relevant specific agency after such implementation, the Directions may also apply.
 
Reported by:Jolene Wang / Linda Cheng
 
Food and Drug Administration
 
14.     Draft Regulations Governing Food Allergen Labeling
 
The Ministry of Health and Welfare ("MOHW") announced on December 11, 2017, a draft set of Regulations Governing Food Allergen Labeling ("draft Regulations") for public consultation.  The previous set of regulations issued in 2015 will be revoked accordingly.  We summarize the draft Regulations below.
 
(1)Packaged foods containing the following allergens must be conspicuously labeled with warning information:
 
(i)           Crustaceans and products thereof;
 
(ii)          Mangoes and products thereof;
 
(iii)         Peanuts and products thereof;
 
(iv)         Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and products thereof;
 
(v)          Milks and products thereof, except lactitol derived from milks;
 
(vi)         Eggs and products thereof;
 
(vii)        Nuts (including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, chestnuts, etc.) and products thereof;
 
(viii)       Cereals containing gluten (including wheat, barley, rye, oats, etc.) and products thereof;
 
(ix)         Soybeans and products thereof, except fully refined soybean oil and fat, mixed tocopherols and derivatives thereof, phytosterols, and phytosterol esters;
 
(x)          Sulphur dioxide and sulphites (at concentrations of more than 10mg/kg in terms of the total SO2 in the final products); and
 
(xi)         Salmon, mackerel, codfish, Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides)Greenland halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) and products thereof.
 
(2)The warning information of Allergens shall be labeled in one of the following ways:
 
(i)          “The product contains Allergens”, “The product contains Allergens, not suitable for people with allergies”, or the like; or
 
(ii)         Inclusion of Allergens in the product name.
 
Reported by:Jolene Wang / Crick Liang
 
Fair Trade Act
 
15.     Explanation of the Fair Trade Commission's Regulations on Vertical Integrations or Joint Operation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Filling Enterprises and Distributors
               
On December 12, 2017, the Fair Trade Commission promulgated amendments to the Explanation of the Fair Trade Commission's Regulations on Vertical Integrations or Joint Operation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Filling Enterprises and Distributors, which took effect on the same day.  We summarize the key points below:
 
(1)"Vertical operation" refers to liquefied petroleum gas filling enterprises and distributors who run each other's business.
 
(2)"Joint operation" refers to the establishment of joint storage sites, joint purchase for distribution and other business operations among several liquefied petroleum gas distributors under a centralized command.
 
(3)In principle, the product market includes the filling market and distribution market of liquefied petroleum gas; the geographical market is limited to municipalities, counties or cities.
 
(4)Where liquefied petroleum gas filling enterprises or distributors engage in combination, concerted actions, restrictions on resale prices or other anticompetitive acts, Articles11, 15, 19 and 20 of the Fair Trade Act may apply.
 
Reported by:Kang-Shen Liu / Zachary Peng
 
Telecommunication
 
16.     Preannouncement of Draft of Article 79-1 of "Regulations for Administration of the Third Generation Mobile Communications Business" and "Regulations for Administration of Mobile Broadband Businesses"
 
On November 30, 2017, the National Communications Commission ("NCC") made a preannouncement to add Article 79-1 to "Regulations for Administration of the Third Generation Mobile Communications Business" and "Regulations for Administration of Mobile Broadband Businesses."
 
The draft provides for a business termination mechanism due to expiration of license.  According to this draft, the business operator which will terminate its business due to expiration of license shall submit a business termination plan to the regulator 3 months prior to the expiration date, and shall notify the subscribers 1 month prior to the expiration date.  The business termination plan shall include the details to protect subscribers, such as refunds of security deposits or overpayment, amongst others.
 
Reported by:Kang-Shen Liu / Nereid Lin
 
Medical Care Act
 
17. Amendment to the Enforcement Rules of the Medical Care Act
 
On December 12, 2017, the Ministry of Health and Welfare announced an amendment to the Enforcement Rules of the Medical Care Act with the new Article 55-1 which provides that, as necessary, the competent authority may appoint its subordinate agency or may commission other institutions or entities to handle the approval of human trial plans for new medicines.
 
Reported by:Kang-Shen Liu / Chenchi Wang
 
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Mike Lu (Partner)
Stacy Lo (Partner)
Jeffrey Liu (Partner)
Kang-Shen Liu (Partner)
David Tsai (Partner)
Counselors:
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Sue Su
Shih-Jung Lee
Jolene Wang (Lexcel Partners IP)

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