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Taiwan: Navigating regulatory and deal risks in a rapidly shifting landscape

Cross-border trends for Taiwanese investors and businesses

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Executive Summary

Rapid shifts in global regulatory policies and deal trends are creating challenges and tantalizing cross-border opportunities for Taiwanese investors and companies.

By Noah A. Brumfield, Taiwan Country Practice Head

Halfway through 2018, the world's policy dramas and other disruptions show no sign of slowing. How will the latest global legal changes and market trends affect cross-border business and Taiwan in particular?

Our Taiwan report this year spotlights two appealing opportunities. First, Taiwan's emergence as an exciting energy investment destination may create new openings for Taiwanese companies far beyond the energy sector. In addition, Taiwanese businesses are poised to spend record amounts on overseas M&A transactions and further increase their presence in global M&A markets.

Even some obvious challenges still contain room for optimism. Prudent investment and supply chain strategies can reduce the impact of international trade upheavals on Taiwan-based exporters facing US and China trade policy changes. And Taiwanese businesses that understand shifting geopolitics and financing trends affecting deals in the Asia-Pacific region can unlock funding and capital opportunities.

Several US-centered developments also may be highly relevant for Taiwanese companies engaged in cross-border business. A rare court decision that clarified US merger control rules for vertical deals has provided judicial guidance for transactions involving companies with complementary businesses. A US clampdown on potential security threats is intensifying the scrutiny of cross-border M&A. And Taiwanese companies, already affected by US enforcement actions in recent years, can benefit from making sure all investment strategies and global operations include an assessment of the latest US economic sanctions and export control policies.

We hope you find this useful, and look forward to seeing Taiwanese businesses flourish worldwide in the months and years ahead.

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