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Owen Chio

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Owen Chio is a partner in the firm’s Taipei office and a member of the oil, gas & resource practice group. Mr. Chio’s experience includes advising on cross-border M&As and investments, major projects and commercial matters, corporate compliance issues and cross-border commercial disputes. Mr. Chio has been involved in some of the most significant deals for major MNCs and state-owned enterprises and acts for many MNCs on a long term basis in their post-acquisition/investment corporate and commercial matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Chio was a partner and the Global Co-Head of the Compliance Practice of KPMG Law. Before then, he worked at Baker McKenzie for 15 years, including as a partner, Co-Chair of Corporate Compliance Practice, Deputy Chair of Foreign Investment Approval and CSR Partner of the firm. Mr. Chio worked in the Hong Kong office of Linklaters before returning to Taiwan.

Additional Information

  • Chief writer of "Doing Business in Taiwan" published by CCH in 2012 and 2013.
  • Chief writer of the Baker & McKenzie publication in 2012: "Intellectual Property Guide Taiwan Section".
  • Chief writer of the Baker & McKenzie publication: "Mergers & Acquisitions Guide Taiwan Section" in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Corporate and M&A
  • Acted for CPC Taiwan, the sole state-owned energy company in Taiwan, in relation to (i) its equity investment in Ras Laffan Ⅱ in Qatar, (ii) its investment in a joint venture in lubricant oil manufacturing, terminal, storage and distribution in Vietnam, and (iii) its investment in an oil mine in Columbia.
  • Acted for Northville Limited in relation to its investment in Wave Power Renewables Limited.
  • Acted for Chung-Hsin Electric & Machinery Manufacturing Corporation in relation to its joint venture with Vodaphone India for the supply of methanol-based fuel cells power supply systems to support many cellular facilities in India.
  • Acted for a private equity to invest in a major manufacturer of electric-vehicles in China.
  • Acted for AA Wind Energy in connection with its fund raisings.
  • Acted for De Yu to acquire McDonald’s Taiwan.
  • Acted for Apple to acquire a plant from Qualcomm.
  • Acted for Johnson Controls in relation to the Taiwan aspects of the spin-off/separation of its automotive experience business.
  • Acted for Commscope Technologies in relation to the Taiwan aspects of its acquisition of the networks business of Tyco Electronics.
  • Acted for OUE in relation to its real estate acquisition in Taipei worth around US$700 million.
  • Acted for Abbott in relation to the Taiwan aspects of the global spin-off of its pharmaceutical business.
  • Acted for Samsung in relation to its investment in and joint venture with Skymedi Corporation in Hsinchu Science Park (in the IC design industry).
  • Acted for Ruen Chen Investment Holding Co., Ltd. in connection with acquisition of Nan Shan Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (AIG's Taiwan subsidiary).
  • Acted for Prime View International Co., Ltd. in relation to its acquisition of E Ink Corporation through reverse cash-out merger.
  • Acted for Eastern Shop Direct Co., Ltd. and Chung Tai Co., Ltd. in connection with their sale of 91% shares in Eastern Home Shopping Co., Ltd. to a foreign private equity company.
  • Acted for Yahoo Taiwan Inc. in relation to its acquisition of Wretch Co., Ltd..
  • Acted for certain Eastern Group companies and Mr. Gary Wang in relation to their sale of shares in Eastern Multimedia Company Limited, Eastern Broadcasting Company and Eastern Home Shopping Company.
  • Acted for Yuen Foong Yu Mfg. Co., Ltd. in relation to its acquisition of the assets of Procter & Gamble's "Tender" and "Delight" household paper products.
  • Acted for FNAC S.A. in its negotiation and documentation of a joint venture with Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store Co., Ltd. and the subsequent sale of the joint venture shares.
Projects and Commercial
  • Acted for CPC Taiwan, the sole state-owned energy company in Taiwan, in relation to (i) its purchase of natural gas from Qatar for DaTan Power Plant, (ii) its set up of a joint venture to own and purchase LNG tankers, and (iii) its construction of natural gas receiving terminal and under water pipe lines in Taichung Port.
  • Acted for Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation in its joint venture with Honeywell Corporation etc.
  • Acted for vanBaerle as the general corporate and commercial counsel in connection with its investment in Taiwan.
  • Acted for Hill's Pet Nutritions as the general corporate and commercial counsel in connection its investment and distribution in Taiwan.
  • Acted for Accenture in connection with its Taiwan business.
Dispute Resolutions
  • Acted for a MNC in connection with their international commercial arbitration in Hong Kong with a major Japanese turnkey contractor ULVAC of solar power plants involving claims of over US$50 million.
  • Acted for Kuo Kuang Power Plant in its dispute with Zurich Property Insurance.
  • Acted for Pertech in defending a US patent litigation commenced by Minebea.
  • Acted for Quanta Storage in a litigation against a bank in South Korea.
  • Acted for Softstar in a litigation in Singapore against Gravity of South Korea.
  • Acted for Centapharm in connection with its multi-jurisdictional dispute and litigation/arbitration with Teva.
  • Acted for Yuan Sheng Group against certain fraudsters in multiple litigations in England and Taiwan.