產業商務 – 專注於資本市場、財務金融、智慧財產、醫藥生技、廣播電視、工程及政府採購、創新及新創、不動產等產業經濟業務
Meridian’s legal services cover a full spectrum of issues encountered in the modern society and business world, with particular emphases in the following fields:
Capital Market and Finance
- Capital Market, Investment and Finance
Meridian can assist companies to plan for going forward with their domestic and/or overseas IPO; and Meridian is one of the few firms in Taiwan capable of handling IPO ventures in the F stock market. Meridian can also advise on the numerous aspects of legal compliance and preparation filings leading to IPO and/or OTC, as well as advising on the compliance with securities regulations after IPO and/or OTC. Likewise, Meridian is able to assist companies in other related ventures, such as carrying out cash capital increase/decrease, issuing secured or unsecured corporate bonds; as well as helping companies to go through delisting or delisting through buyback.
- Investment Business
Meridian can assist clients to plan for establishing and/or investing in companies. Meridian has the experience to advise on various sophisticated business executions, such as public acquisition and equity swap for publicly-traded companies, implementing domestic and international transactions for direct/indirect investment, merger and acquisition, and joint ventures, etc. In recent years, Meridian has also provided sound legal services to clients in the diverse fields covering securities, insurance, medical treatment, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, real estate, mineral resources and businesses with Mainland China.
- Financial Engineering and Dispute Resolution
Meridian can advise clients on compliance with the financial regulations in implementing plans of carrying out capital-raising, extending loans and guarantees, devising debt recourses, or going through bankruptcy or liquidation procedure. Meridian can also advise and assist in resolving various types of financial disputes, including those involving financial instruments.
- Investment, M&A
Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs)
- Planning and Acquisition of IPRs
Meridian assists clients to apply and acquire for various types of IPRs, including patent and trademark rights, and the planning and protection for copyrights and business trade secrets. Meridian can also advise clients to develop strategic planning for mapping out patents and trademarks both at home and globally, and assist in the corresponding application and registration processes.
- Purchasing/Licensing/Management of IPRs
Meridian is well experienced in helping clients to negotiate for purchasing and/or licensing of IPRs, either as the licensor or the licensee; and can help clients to strategically manage deployment of IPRs both at home and globally.
- Dispute Resolution of IPR Issues
Meridian is experienced in defending against IPR infringement cases. In particular, Meridian was retained to handle an infringement claim, and won the case in 2016 in which the Intellectual Property Court awarded the highest amount of damages so far among the domestic cases. In addition to going to the court, Meridian is also familiar with and can advise and provide assistance to clients seeking alternative legal recourses to address their IPR-related issues.
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Meridian is familiar with Taiwan’s laws and regulations governing medical establishments/treatment/insurance, pharmaceuticals, food and health food, cosmetic products and biotechnology industry.
- Medical Establishments, Treatment and Insurance
Meridian has been acting as the legal adviser for hospitals and physicians’ associations. Further, Meridian can assist in establishing medical corporations, providing legal consulting services to hospitals and clinics, and has the experience of helping to settle national health insurance disputes and medical disputes.
- Pharmaceuticals & Pharmaceutical Industry
Meridian has been the legal adviser for the pharmaceutical association and the pharmaceutical agents’ association, and also provides legal study service for the R&D-oriented pharmaceutical industry, based on the experience of having had achieved certain level of familiarity with the research and development, manufacturing and marketing practices of the pharmaceutical industry.
- Medical Equipment, Cosmetics and Food
Meridian can assist clients in the application procedures for the registration and permits required for pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and cosmetic products, as well as being able to offer legal consulting services regarding compliance with food and health food regulations.
- Compliance, R&D Regulations and Biotechnology
Meridian can also advise on the legal compliance with ethical and professional standards in the medical/pharmaceutical related fields, and in regard to the regulations for applying for R&D rewards to encourage development of new methods and products, and clinical study. Meridian can also help biotechnology start-ups to set up company, provide legal advices for compliance with biotechnology regulations, and assist in various business endeavors, including capital-raising, market research and joint ventures, etc.
Broadcast and Television
Meridian has long been serving as a legal adviser to the domestic broadcasting and television enterprises on all legally-related issues, and has represented broadcasting and television enterprises in legal proceedings.
Construction and Government Procurement
Meridian assists clients in planning for bidding to participate in public construction projects, and provides legal consulting service to the construction industry in general. Meridian has also provided suggestions to the government departments regarding how to better streamline and make the government procurement procedure and regulations more effective to promote greater civil participation.
Meridian is experienced in advising and representing both the private entities and government agencies in disputes relating to construction and/or government procurement regulations, either in the traditional court setting, via administrative appeals, and/or by recourse to the alternative dispute resolution option, depending on whichever route offers the most rapid and satisfactory solution to the client.
Start-ups and Creative Industries
The Attorneys at Meridian have acted as the keynote speaker and mentor for the national innovative entrepreneur incubation programs, and have accumulated nearly twenty years of experience in helping to handle the related intellectual property rights and innovative business practices, and providing legal services to dozens of innovative enterprises. Further, Meridian also advises the newly starting innovative clients on the important legal and business issues regarding the planning for the company type, capital amount and location of the establishment, helping the client to devise on the shareholding structure, shareholders’ contribution agreement, and employees’ subscription plan, etc., as well as advising the client to give due consideration to the protection of the client’s innovative ideas with sound recommendation and assistance to file for the suitable IPR protection measures.
Meridian advises on the labor regulations from the balanced standpoints of both the employers and the employees, in which harmonizing labor relations is one of the utmost concerns in addressing labor/employment disputes. Meridian helps companies to formulate the company policies and regulations, both as an indispensable means for operating a thriving business, as well as for compliance with the legal requirements; the retained tasks would include such as assistance to draw up workplace-related policies, employment-related policies and contracts, and to advise on the general compliance with the latest promulgated regulations; one example would be the latest “one fixed day off, one flexible rest day” legal requirements imposed on all businesses, and which businesses would require sophisticated legal guidance to ensure compliance with the law. Meridian is also skillful in handling disputes regarding labor insurance, retirement, severance and occupational injury, as well as all other labor-related issues.
In general, the aims in this area are to promote greater harmony in the labor relations and workforce, as well as ensuring that the respective rights and interests of the employers and the employees are respected, addressed and protected.
In addition to being able to help clients to address ordinary real estate issues, including such as disputes involving seller/buyer, landlord/tenant and/or as between neighbors, etc., Meridian is also familiar with the zoning-related regulations and has accumulated certain level of experience in handling land, building and urban planning/re-zoning issues, and historical/memorial sites zoning dispute, among others.
Legislation and Study
A number of Meridian attorneys have previously served in the Legislative Yuan for years, helping the legislators to study, draft and submit new bills prior to becoming laws, and thus are very familiar with the procedure at each stage of the legislation process. Armed with this exceptional and valuable experience, they are especially well-suited to help clients to deal with legislation-related issues, especially where unintended detriment to the clients might have been brought about by ill-conceived legislation or poorly-executed enforcement, or both, in which case, the Meridian attorneys will be effective in helping the client to deal with the subsequent legal compliance issues, as well as negotiation with the enforcement agency on behalf of the client, and striving for a proper redress of the client’s grievances.
International & Domestic Legal and Commercial Disputes
- International Litigation
Meridian has established cordial cooperative relationship with other prominent law firms in various countries and jurisdictions. Positioned with this advantage, Meridian is able to refer clients wishing to pursue cross-borders legal action to be represented by capable legal practitioners in the intended jurisdictions, and can stay on board to assist the clients until the end of the proceedings.
Such long-term partners of Meridian are from all over the world, including USA, Canada, Panama, Brazil, and Paraguay in the North and South Americas; Italy, Switzerland, German, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal and Czech in Europe; Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Pakistan, and India in Asia; South Africa, Ghana and Monaco in Africa; and Australia and New Zealand in Oceania. With these many partners in various major jurisdictions, virtually all types of legal services may be provided through the international platform of Meridian.
- International Commercial Arbitration
Meridian’s Attorneys, with rich experience in international business transaction, are able to help clients to resolve various types of commercial disputes, such as disputes involving defective goods, or disputes involving cargo damage and insurance claims in international trading, etc.
Meridian’s Attorneys have accumulated extensive experience in international commercial arbitration proceedings, and in recent years have won highly-profiled arbitration awards for very prominent clients. Meridian is thus aptly positioned and ready to help clients in international arbitration settings. Moreover, a number of Meridian’s Attorneys are qualified to act as arbitrators in Mainland China, and thus can help clients to handle disputes arising from Taiwan-China business transactions or joint ventures through arbitration proceedings held in China or Taiwan.
- Domestic Litigation
It goes without saying that Attorneys at Meridian are exceptionally skilled in handling various types of civil, criminal and administrative legal matters, which are at the core of Meridian’s Attorneys’ legal practice. Firmly rooted in court practice, Meridian’s Attorneys are thus able to help clients to reach for the best solution whether inside or outside of the court room.