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Owen Chio

Partner
+886.2.2326.5120
Fax +886.2.2325.5838
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.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Arbitrator of the Chinese Arbitration Association, Taiwan

Additional Information

Publications
  • 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
Energy
  • 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, (iii) its investment in an oil mine in Columbia, (iv) its purchase of natural gas from Qatar for DaTan Power Plant, (v) its set up of a joint venture to own and purchase LNG tankers, and (vi) its construction of natural gas receiving terminal and under water pipe lines in Taichung Port (the second LNG Port in Taiwan).
  • Acted for Swancor Renewable Energy Group in connection with a sale of majority shares of Formosa II International Investment that operates the Formosa II (blocks 5 and 6 near Miaoli County) offshore wind project of 378 MW and has joint developments with the Macquarie Group.
  • Acted for J&V Energy Technology in connection with the sale of Shao Young Co., Ltd. that has around 30 solar power plants in Taiwan of a total of around 85 MW to a major global private equity fund.
  • Acted for one of the largest solar power developers in Taiwan in connection with the provision of engineering, procurement and construction, operations and maintenance, and asset management services, to a major global private equity fund’s around 30 solar power plants in Taiwan.
  • 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 Xiaopeng Motors, a major manufacturer of electric-vehicles in China.
  • Acted for AA Wind Energy in connection with its fund raisings.
High Tech or Biotech
  • Acted for Apple to acquire a plant from Qualcomm.
  • Acted for Commscope Technologies in relation to the Taiwan aspects of its acquisition of the networks business of Tyco Electronics.
  • Acted for Johnson Controls in relation to the Taiwan aspects of the spin-off/separation of its automotive experience 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 Prime View International Co., Ltd. in relation to its acquisition of E Ink Corporation through reverse cash-out merger.
  • Acted for Yahoo Taiwan Inc. in relation to its acquisition of Wretch Co., Ltd.
  • Acted for Cloud Mile Inc. in the Artificial Intelligence area in relation to its fund raisings.
  • Acted for Abbott in relation to the Taiwan aspects of the global spin-off of its pharmaceutical business to AbbVie.
  • Acted fro Baxter International in relation to the Taiwan aspects of the global spin-off of its pharmaceutical business to Baxalta.
  • Acted for JHL in relation to its cross-border cell line licenses.
  • Acted for Mycenax Biotech in relation to patent surveys and advice.
Other Industries
  • Acted for De Yu to acquire McDonald’s Taiwan.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Acted for OUE in relation to its real estate acquisition in Taipei worth around US$700 million.
Projects and Commercial
  • 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 Nutrition 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 under UNCITRA Rules before Hong Kong International Arbitration Court 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.