Mr. Lai practices as a foreign lawyer in Taiwan with considerable experience in Taiwanese law. Prior to the setting up of
JTJB-Taipei, he had previously been with 2 of the largest law firms in Taiwan. This includes TIPLO Attorneys-at-Law where Mr. Lai had specialized on corporate investment, and the now defunct Qilin International Law Office where Mr. Lai had focused on mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Lai¡¦s responsibility
in JTJB-Taipei takes him across a variety of legal disciplines in
securities, investment, competition law, insurance, corporate
acquisitions and cross-border transactions. Some of the work undertaken
by Mr. Lai includes the advice given to the Asian subsidiary of a U.S.
underwater cable company on the sale of major corporate assets in Taiwan
and the merger of 2 major accounting firms in the country. Mr. Lai has
also acted for the Taiwanese State Petroleum Company, CPC, in a number
of major contractual disputes with offshore vendors. Other than that,
Mr. Lai handles inbound investment into Taiwan and advises on regulatory
and corporate law issues to various foreign investors. His clientele
spans across a wide list of transportation companies, insurers,
manufacturers, trading houses, investment firms, financiers, government
linked agencies, etc.
On the transportation side, Mr. Lai has advised a wide number of
shipowners, marine insurers and P&I Clubs regarding maritime disputes and arrests in Taiwan. He also handles all financing and corporate acquisitions for one of the largest ship owner in Taiwan. He was previously involved in a number of high profile cases which includes the
M.T. ¡§Chang Yun¡¨ (one of the widest marine oil pollution in Taiwanese maritime history) and the
M.V. ¡§Maersk Dubai¡¨ (which sparked off international attention regarding charges of murder on the high seas drawn against the Taiwanese officers of a major container line). He is, to date, the only lawyer in Taiwan who has arbitrated in London on shipping matters for local clients.
Mr. Lai is a member of the American Bar Association, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the International Bar Association (UK Energy Lawyers¡¦ Group) and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.