18 May 2016

International firm opens fourth Asia-Pac office in Taipei

US-based law firm Vinson & Elkins has opened an office in the Taiwanese capital, its fourth in the Asia-Pacific region and sixteenth worldwide.

The new office is located in the Taipei 101 skyscraper

The Taipei office adds to the firm’s capabilities in the region, currently served by offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Tokyo. It is intended to serve as a platform for offering a range of litigation, transactional and strategic legal counsel, with a particular emphasis on complex commercial litigation, IP, renewable energy and corporate matters.

The partners in charge

V&E partners David Tsai and Christopher Kao, both of whom joined V&E from Perkins Coie in September 2015, will oversee the office. Mr Tsai handles a range of patent, trade secret, complex breach of contract, and product defect litigation. Mr Kao, an experienced trial lawyer, focuses his practice on IP litigation, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets disputes, as well as high-stakes complex commercial litigation.

‘A hotspot for growth’

‘As home to many of the world’s leading computer, semiconductor, LED, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and renewable energy companies, Taiwan is among the top commercial hubs in the world and a hotspot for growth,’ commented Mr Tsai, adding that opening an office in the city makes strategic sense.

V&E has approximately 650 attorneys and provides integrated US and local law advice.