Grace C. W. Chou

Senior Of Counsel
Grace Chou has more than 20 years of experience with a focus on foreign investment, corporate and M&A transactions, joint ventures, equity investments and divestitures and required regulatory approvals in relation thereto. Ms. Chou has extensive experience rendering legal advice to multinational companies in a broad range of industries, including a private equity firm, an offshore wind power company, a video game developer and publisher, a leading global distributor of electronic components and services, a supplier of industrial equipment, technologies and related parts and services, an international event planning and organization company, a firm specializing in providing critical information, analysis and solutions, a cargo service provider, a world leader in ophthalmic optics and more.

Ms. Chou also advises world-leading technology companies on the legal and regulatory framework for power and renewable energy projects in Taiwan. She regularly advises multinational companies on new regulatory developments related to the power and renewable energy industry, and she frequently handles matters in relation to regulatory compliance and environmental issues.
EXPERIENCE
  • Lee, Tsai & Partners Attorneys-at-Law (2000~present)
PREVIOUS PROJECTS AND CASES
  • Acted as the Taiwan law legal adviser for a world-leading automotive manufacturer in connection with its global personal data/privacy protection assessment project from the Taiwan law perspective
  • Acted as the Taiwan law legal adviser for the subsidiary of a world-leading provider of automatic test equipment to the semiconductor industry in connection with its acquisition transaction, including performing legal due diligence, reviewing and providing legal advice on the securities purchase agreement from the Taiwan law perspective
  • Acted as the Taiwan law legal advisers for APTT Management Pte. Limited as to Taiwan laws and regulations in connection with the rights issue of new units in Asian Pay Television Trust
  • Acted as the Taiwan law legal adviser for a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions in the sale of a majority of its Technology, Media & Telecoms business
  • Represented a well reputed Belgian offshore wind contractor in its negotiation of business cooperation with the largest ship building company in Taiwan, including providing general legal advice relating to foreign investment approval, competition law, corporate law issues, and establishment of a joint venture company in Taiwan
  • Advised a world-leading technology company on the regulatory framework for renewable energy in Taiwan
  • Acted as the Taiwan law legal adviser to a French company in connection with its acquisition of a Dutch company (which has a subsidiary in Taiwan), including performing due diligence, providing general legal advice relating to foreign investment approval, corporate law and labor law issues
  • Represented a Sweden corporation in its negotiation of an equity joint venture agreement with a publicly listed company in Taiwan, including providing general legal advice relating to foreign investment approval, corporate law issues, and establishment of a joint venture company in Taiwan
  • Acted as the Taiwanese legal advisers to Macquarie Capital Group Limited as to Taiwan laws in respect of an offering and listing of all of the units of a business trust, Asian Pay Television Trust on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited.
  • Advised Essilor International S.A. in a merger transaction, including performing due diligence, providing general legal advice relating to corporate law issues, and drafting contracts
  • Advised Publicis Group in a merger transaction, including performing due diligence, providing general legal advice relating to corporate law and labor law issues, and drafting contracts
  • Advised Milestone Partners in a merger transaction, including performing due diligence and providing general legal advice relating to corporate law and labor law issues
  • Advised Underwriters Laboratories Inc. in a merger transaction, including providing general legal advice relating to M&A laws, corporate laws, and labor and employment law issues
  • Advised Kelti Group in its acquisition of assets of Alexander Health Clubs, including providing corporate laws and M&A law issues and drafting contracts
  • Advised Lite-On Technology Corporation in a merger transaction, including performing due diligence and providing general legal advice relating to corporate law and labor law issues
  • Advised Macquarie Securities Ltd. on various transactions with respect to M&A laws, securities laws and corporate law issues
  • Advised Oak Hill Platinum Partners, L.L.C. on the regulatory environment in Taiwan’s capital market
  • Represented Newbridge Capital Co., Ltd. in a proposed merger & acquisition transaction, including providing general legal advice relating to M&A laws, corporate laws, labor and employment law issues, performing due diligence, and drafting contracts
  • Advised Agfa-Gevaert N. V on its global transformation program in the Asia-Pacific Region (Taiwan), including providing general legal advice relating to M&A laws, corporate laws, and labor and employment law issues
  • Represented United Epitaxy Co., Ltd. in a stock-for-stock merger transaction, including performing due diligence, providing general legal advice relating to M&A laws, corporate laws, labor and employment law issues, and drafting contracts
  • Represented Chipbond Technology Co. Ltd. in a merger and acquisition case, including general legal advice relating to M&A laws, performing due diligence, and drafting relevant contracts
FIELDS OF EXPERTISE
  • Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity
  • Corporate/Foreign Investment
  • Capital Markets & Securities
  • Energy
  • Competition
  • Regulatory & Compliance
WORKS AUTHORED
  • Renewable Energy 2019 (Taiwan), Getting The Deal Through.
  • 2008.12.3 Commercial Times
  • Tax & Legal Page Special Column: Private Placement of Securities
QUALIFICATION
  • Admitted to the Taiwan Bar 1997
EDUCATION
  • Boston University (LL.M. in Banking and Financial Law)
  • National Taipei University(LL.B.)
LANGUAGES
Mandarin, English and Hakka