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Doing Business in Taiwan? We’ve Got You Covered.

Legal support for companies and individuals doing business in Taiwan.

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Moving Manufacturing to Taiwan

The US-China trade war and the COVID-19 pandemic have reinforced to many businesses the importance of a diversified supply chain, and many of our clients from all over the world that are moving manufacturing out of China are moving some or all of that to Taiwan. This process predated the current US-China trade war, and companies in the information and communications technology (ICT) industries have long favored Taiwan for its rule of law, intellectual property rights protection, strong supply chain and logistics, highly skilled labor force and higher levels of productivity and quality control. In addition, there is very little corruption in Taiwan, and Taiwanese companies have a well-deserved reputation for reliability and trustworthiness. Labor and overhead costs can be higher, but especially labor costs have escalated in China over the past decade, and in some cases Taiwan may even be less expensive. And of course, products from Taiwan typically face lower tariffs than those from China.

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Taiwanese Business

Taiwan’s USD586 billion economy makes it the United States’ 10th largest goods trading partner, with bilateral goods and services totaling an estimated USD103.9 billion in 2019. Taiwan’s top exports include electrical equipment, machinery, computers, plastics, medical apparatus and mineral fuels.

The Taiwanese government offers investment incentives and continues to upgrade the country’s physical and digital infrastructure, factors that contribute to increasing U.S. foreign direct investment, which totaled USD 17.4 billion in 2019, a 4.8% increase over 2018.

Establishing manufacturing facilities and a logistics infrastructure are complicated processes, and missteps can cost millions. Our deep knowledge of local laws and business and regulatory environment allow us to help our clients identify the most appropriate manufacturing model and operational framework for them in Taiwan.

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For companies considering an investment in operations or manufacturing in Taiwan, questions we can help answer include:

  • What ownership structures are permitted for foreign businesses?
  • What are the tax implications of manufacturing and operating in Taiwan?
  • Are there special economic zones that offer benefits such as reduced tax and reduced land cost?
  • Have some industries been targeted to receive additional tax and other incentives?
  • Has Taiwan offered incentives for companies relocating manufacturing from China?
  • Are there any special challenges to obtaining visas for foreign workers, e.g. executives and experts?
  • What are the prospects for Taiwan joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)?

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Our Expertise

We have decades of experience providing counsel to clients operating throughout the Asia-Pacific region; we understand the laws, the legal systems, the regulatory environments and the broader global trade context, and our advice takes into account all these elements as we help our clients develop winning strategies.

We support our clients’ establishment and operation of businesses and manufacturing operations by writing strong bilingual contracts, ensuring their intellectual property is protected, and conducting thorough due diligence. We also assist with entity formation, statutory compliance, operations finance and local partnerships, and we have successfully resolved countless legal disputes.

Our Bold Approach

Our deep knowledge of local laws and business and regulatory environments also allows us to help our clients identify appropriate manufacturing models and operational frameworks, and we provide counsel on sourcing and cost optimization quality control and productivity/process improvement, as well as relationship management.

Harris Sliwoski’s bold, innovative and connected approach has made us a leading name in international law, and no matter the country or the industry, our staunch commitment to the success of our clients remains the same.

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“Harris Sliwoski expertly guided us through the formation of our company. They continue to assist with necessary registrations and compliance with numerous regulations. They were able to promptly answer all our many questions and provide understandable options, explanations and practical advice. We expect to continue to use Harris Sliwoski on a regular basis as our company expands. They were also able to introduce us other professional experts. We would not hesitate to recommend Harris Sliwoski to any companies in need of legal advice.”

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This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

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Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Sliwoski have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Sliwoski quickly made things right.

user icon Aaron Draplin, Founder Draplin Design Co.

I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

user icon Corey T., CEO Thinc Cubed, LLC

I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

user icon Dan Pak Hospital Supply Chain Executive

Harris Sliwoski has represented our company in the legal cannabis industry for years. Harris Sliwoski has advised us in a wide variety of legal matters, and they are truly experts in their field. I would highly recommend Harris Sliwoski to anyone with questions about cannabis law, or any legal matters. They have been great for our Company, and will continue to guide us as our industry evolves

user icon Matt Hurt, COO Cannabis Nation

You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

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When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Sliwoski as our legal counsel.

user icon Tony Theiss, CEO and Co-Founder Redbarn Cannabis 

We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.

user icon Kevin English, CEO We Are Camp

We have used Harris Sliwoski for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

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