Matt Liu

Matt Liu
11F, No. 100 Songren Rd,
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+886 2 2871 4111


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Dr Matt Liu is a partner with Tsar & Tsai Law Firm and has been practising law since 1997. He specialises in antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, corporate, insurance and reinsurance, labour and employment, cross-border transactions, foreign investment, personal data protection, finance, infrastructure, and dispute resolution.

Drawing on his experience serving as an officer of the Taiwan Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) before joining Tsar & Tsai, Dr Liu has advised clients across a wide range of industry sectors on abuse of dominance, merger control, cartel, unfair competition, and false advertising issues. He has successfully represented clients from various industries to obtain merger clearance in Taiwan. He has also successfully represented clients in filing complaints with and defending them before the TFTC. Further, he has advised many clients in applying for immunity/leniency and responding to cartel investigations in Taiwan and foreign jurisdictions. He frequently gives antitrust speeches and compliance trainings to companies in Taiwan. He is now a non-governmental adviser of the International Competition Network (ICN) and is frequently invited to participate in ICN conferences. He is selected by Global Competition Review to be included in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal: Competition – Future Leaders 2017.

Dr Liu has extensive experience in representing many multinational and local companies in their mergers and acquisitions in Taiwan. His experiences in this area includes conducting legal due diligence, drafting and negotiating transaction agreements, advising on the deal structure, merger control, tax, environmental and employment issues, and obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals and permits. He represented HSBC in its general assumption of the assets, liabilities and business of the Chinese Bank. This deal won the 2008 awards for Winning Deals of the Year by Asian-Mena Counsel, and Taiwan Deal Firm of the Year by Asian Legal Business. Also, he advised On Semiconductor in its acquisition of all the shares in Sanyo Semiconductor and other semiconductor assets of Sanyo Electric. This deal won an honorable mention in Asian Mena Counsel’s Deals of the Year in 2010.

Dr Liu has profound experience in insurance and reinsurance areas, including assisting many foreign insurance and reinsurance companies in establishing their Taiwan branches and advising them on their mergers and acquisitions in Taiwan, regulatory compliance issues and insurance/reinsurance contract review. He has assisted members of Amcham Insurance Committee in drafting annual policy white papers and participated in their lobby efforts.

Dr Liu has represented many multinational and domestic clients in negotiation, settlement, mediation, litigation and arbitration of commercial, labour, and construction disputes.

Dr Liu has been a frequent speaker to many Taiwan-listed companies on extensive corporate governance issues, such as duties and responsibilities of directors and supervisors, insider trading, corporate governance of business groups, business risk management and corporate governance, and corporate governance and intellectual property.

Dr Liu was educated at the National Taiwan University School of Law (LLB, 1994) and the University of Wisconsin Law School (MLI 1999; SJD, 2001). He is a member of the Taipei Bar Association competition law committee; the Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry; the Taiwan Corporate Governance Association (also a lecturer); and the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei. He is also director of Healthcare Industry Development Association Across the Strait and vice president of the Chunghwa Negotiation Management Society.

WWL says: Matt Liu is singled out as a top name for competition matters in Taiwan by peers who note he is “extremely responsible and on the ball” and “a pleasure to work with”.

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