James Z.Liang

Associate

Taipei + 886.2.7712.3328

James Liang's practice encompasses a broad range of fields, including M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, IP, antitrust and competition, and civil or administrative litigation. He has substantial experience advising clients in high-tech, IC design, software, and financial services industries on a variety of cross-border transactions, strategic alliances, public tender offers, share swaps, real estate developments, labor or environmental regulatory responses, and commercial arbitrations.

Besides providing antitrust advice for multinational airlines and energy, health care, telecom, media, and internet companies, James has advised on several complex deals, including MediaTek's merger with MStar Semiconductor; SpringSoft's merger with Synopsys; Micron's sponsorship of Elpida's reorganization and acquisition of Rexchip; Micron's subscription for Inotera's private placement shares; Tokyo Electron's attempted $29 billion merger of equals with Applied Materials; CommScope's acquisition of TE Connectivity's Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless network business; and KHNC's joint venture with CPC (a Japanese company's largest petrochemical investment plan in Taiwan).

James also assists overseas companies with IPOs on the Taiwan Stock Exchange or combinations with Taiwanese private companies, including acting as underwriter's counsel in an IPO by a member of Foxconn Group; advising Pacific Capital in the sale of Gold Typhoon to Warner Music; and assisting Atlaspost in its acquisition by Groupon.

James is a member of Taipei Bar Association and regularly participates in events that facilitate developments of start-up companies and e-commerce enterprises.

Experience

  • INVISTA sells Apparel & Advanced Textiles business to Shandong Ruyi Investment HoldingJones Day advised INVISTA, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in its sale of INVISTA’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business to Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding.
  • Ambry Genetics sold to joint venture formed by Konica Minolta and Innovation Network for up to $1.0 billionJones Day advised Ambry Genetics Corporation, a leading genetic testing corporation, in its sale to a newly formed joint venture between Konica Minolta, Inc. and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan for up to $1.0 billion (including earnouts).
  • Imerys merger with Kerneos receives antitrust clearanceJones Day represented Imerys S.A., a multinational manufacturer of industrial minerals, on the antitrust aspects of its €880 million acquisition of Kerneos, a global producer and supplier of specialty cements.
  • OMRON acquires SentechJones Day advised OMRON Corporation in connection with the ex-Japan aspects of its acquisition of Sentech Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of industrial cameras.
  • TDK acquires InvenSense for $1.3 billionJones Day advised TDK Corporation in its $1.3 billion acquisition of InvenSense, Inc.
  • Hermes Microvision sold to ASML for NT$100 billion (US$3.1 billion)Jones Day advised Hermes Microvision, Inc. on its sale to ASML Holding NV (ASML: NASDAQ) in an all cash transaction valued at approximately NT$100 billion (US$3.1 billion).
  • SPIL and ASE execute Joint Share Swap Agreement to establish industrial holding companyJones Day advised Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. ("SPIL", TWSE Code: 2325, NASDAQ Code: SPIL), a global leading OSAT (outsourced semiconductor assembly and test) company, in the execution of a Joint Share Swap Agreement with Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc. ("ASE", TWSE Code: 2311, NYSE Code: ASX), the global leader in the same industry, to jointly establish a new multi-billion-dollar "industrial holding company" ("New HoldCo") by two simultaneous share swaps.
  • Micron Technology acquires remaining 67 percent interest in Inotera Memories for approximately $4 billionJones Day advised Micron Technology, Inc. in its $4 billion acquisition of the remaining 67 percent interest in Inotera Memories.
  • Procter & Gamble sells Duracell to Berkshire Hathaway for $2.9 billionJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Company ("P&G") in the sale of its Duracell personal power business to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. for $2.9 billion.
  • DENKA buys Neoprene polychloroprene business of DuPont™Jones Day advised Denki Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha (DENKA) in the purchase of the Neoprene polychloroprene business of DuPont™ by Denka Performance Elastomer LLC, a joint venture company owned 70 percent by DENKA and 30 percent by Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
  • CommScope acquires TE Connectivity's network business for $3 billionJones Day acted as worldwide antitrust counsel to CommScope Holding Company, Inc., a global network infrastructure and connectivity provider based in North Carolina, on its $3 billion acquisition of the Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless business of Switzerland-based electronics company TE Connectivity Ltd.
  • Polypore sells the Company to Asahi Kasei for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Polypore International, Inc. (NYSE:PPO) in its definitive agreements for the sale of the Company to Asahi Kasei Corporation (TSE1:3407), through a U.S. subsidiary, for $60.50 per share in cash.
  • Siliconware Precision defends against $1 billion unsolicited tender offer by Advanced Semiconductor EngineeringJones Day advised Siliconware Precision Industries Co., Ltd. (SPIL) in relation to an unsolicited tender offer by Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) for up to 25% of SPIL common shares and ADRs.
  • Procter & Gamble sells its beauty brands to Coty for $12.5 billionThe Procter & Gamble Company ("P&G") has merged its 43 beauty brands ("RMT Brands") of global salon professional hair care and color, retail hair color, cosmetics, and fine fragrance businesses, along with select hair styling brands with Coty Inc. in a Reverse Morris Trust transaction for $12.5 billion.
  • Capella Microsystems acquired by Vishay Intertechnology for 6.05 billion New Taiwan Dollars (US$205 million)Jones Day advised Capella Microsystems Inc., a fabless IC design company specializing in optoelectronic products, in its acquisition by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components, for approximately 6.05 billion New Taiwan Dollars (US$205 million).
  • Procter & Gamble sells global (excluding most of Europe) pet care business to Mars for $2.9 billionJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Company in the $2.9 billion sale of its global (excluding most of Europe) pet care business, including its IAMS®, EUKANUBA®, and NATURA® brands, to Mars, Inc.
  • Pacific Capital completes sale of Gold Typhoon to Warner MusicJones Day represented Pacific Capital Sarl in connection with its sale of the legendary recorded music catalog and current roster of recording artists of Gold Typhoon Group, one of the largest and most successful independent music companies in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, to Warner Music Group, a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry.
  • Wabtec acquires Fandstan for $215 millionJones Day advised Wabtec Corporation in the cash acquisition of Fandstan Electric Group Ltd., a leading rail and industrial equipment manufacturer, for $215 million.
  • MediaTek merges with MStar Semiconductor for 115 billion New Taiwan Dollars (US$3.8 billion)Jones Day represented MediaTek Inc., a fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, in its tender offer for and acquisition of MStar Semiconductor, Inc. for 115 billion New Taiwan Dollars (US$3.8 billion).
  • Tokyo Electron attempts $29 billion merger of equals with Applied MaterialsJones Day represented Tokyo Electron Limited in its proposed $29 billion merger of equals with Applied Materials, Inc., which, if completed, would have created a global innovator in semiconductor and display manufacturing technology based in The Netherlands and dual listed on NASDAQ and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
  • Micron Technology acquires leading manufacturer of DRAM integrated circuits Elpida for 200 billion Yen (US$2.5 billion) and 24% stake in Rexchip for US$335 millionJones Day acted as Taiwan counsel to Micron Technology, Inc., one of the world's leading semiconductor companies, in its acquisition of Elpida Memory, Inc., a leading manufacturer of DRAM integrated circuits, for 200 billion Yen (US$2.5 billion) and in its US$335 million acquisition of an approximately 24 percent stake of Rexchip Electronics Corp. from Powerchip Technology Corporation.
  • Global supplier of specialized IC design software SpringSoft acquired by Synopsys for NT$12.2 billion (US$417 million)Jones Day advised SpringSoft, Inc., a global supplier of specialized IC design software, in its acquisition by Synopsys, Inc., a world leader in software and IP used in the design, verification and manufacture of electronic components and systems, for NT$12.2 billion (US$417 million).
  • Tokyo Electron acquires FSI International, leading provider of cleaning and surface preparation equipment, for $252.5 millionJones Day advised Tokyo Electron Limited, a leading manufacturer of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, in connection with its acquisition of FSI International, Inc., a leading provider of cleaning and surface preparation equipment, for $252.5 million.
  • Lam Research acquires semiconductor equipment maker Novellus Systems in $3.3 billion all-stock transactionJones Day advised Lam Research Corp. in its $3.3 billion stock-for-stock acquisition of Novellus Systems, Inc.
  • Capital Securities acts as underwriter in IPO by Zhen Ding Technology Holding LimitedJones Day represented Capital Securities Corp., as underwriter, in connection with the initial public offering by Zhen Ding Technology Holding Limited, a member of Hon Hai/Foxconn Group, on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
  • Texas Instruments makes $6.5 billion acquisition of analog device and subsystems specialist National SemiconductorJones Day advised Texas Instruments Incorporated, a global analog and digital semiconductor IC design and manufacturing company, in connection with its $6.5 billion acquisition and related financing of National Semiconductor Corporation, a semiconductor manufacturer that specializes in analog devices and subsystems.
  • TSRC acquires Dexco Polymers for US$168 millionJones Day advised TSRC Corporation in its acquisition of Dexco Polymers from The Dow Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, a division of Exxon Mobil Corporation, and certain of their respective affiliates for US$168 million.
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