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Cable dominates the pay-television market, ITPV gains momentum and freedom of information continues to improve as Taiwan is rated top in

the region.


Digital cable television penetration rises as operators aggressively digitise their networks.


According to research by IHS Market, cable pay-television penetration rate reached almost 63 per cent of households by the end of September 2016, an increase from 61 per cent the previous year.


In the IPTV sector, Chunghwa Telecom leads the market reaching 1.3 million subscribers by the end of September 2016.


In its 2017 Freedom in the World report released in January, Freedom House rated Taiwan as a free nation, with an aggregated score in the global rankings of 91 per cent.


The ranking makes Taiwan 26th globally and second in Asia, behind Japan with a score of 96 per cent. According to Freedom House, ‘Taiwan’s

Civil liberties rating improved from 2 to 1 due to demonstrations of media independence and academic freedom in recent years, including in media coverage of the 2016 elections.’


In other developments, Taiwanese start up 17 Media receives a ‘significant cash injection’ from Singaporean platform Paktor.


Paktor’s CEO, Joseph Phua, commented in a statement: ‘This agreement marks a significant milestone for Paktor: 17 Media is a pioneer and leader in the social entertainment industry which has seen explosive growth recently.’


Other media deals include Taiwan Optical Platform’s agreement with Carlyle Group to buy its 61 per cent share of Eastern Broadcasting Co in a USD 348 million agreement via a fully owned subsidiary.


TIER 1

In line with its global emphasis, Baker McKenzies local practice advises on copyright matters in a range of sectors including technology. Justin C. Liang manages the firm which also works on complex, cross-border business transactions. The team also advises media and telecommunications clients on banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions.


Formosan Brothers advises clients on television, film and anti-trust issues. The firm’s work ranges from advice on film distribution and licensing to the acquisition of shares in publishing businesses. The firm has a separate division focussing on intellectual property, managed by Chi-Che Tung. Practitioners also advise games companies on litigation and licensing disputes.


Lee, Tsai & Partners is well regarded by competitors and best known for its advice on cable television broadcasting laws and regulation. Lawyers are also well versed in foreign investment law. The team’s experience includes assistance to Formosa Plastic Group in its acquisition of Next Media Limited’s Taiwan Business, including Next Magazine, Apple Daily, Sharp Daily and Next TV.   


TIER 2

Eiger’s focus is on entertainment and art. The media group advises on international publishing contracts for books, screenplays, periodicals and websites. Specialising in compliance and intellectual property policy, founding partner John Eastwood manages the practice.  


Entertainment specialist LCS & Partners assists clients with negotiating and drafting performance agreements and with government approval and permission. Lawyers assist with intellectually property matters, represent domestic and foreign companies on dispute resolution and advise on inbound investment and tax relief for royalties.


Lee and Li has a leading position with its media sector advice ranging from tax, risk management and strategy analysis. The team assists with television and radio matters, intellectual property, technology transfer and licensing. Christina Chao manages the department and advises government and private businesses on drafting and amending laws and regulations.


TIER 3

Formosa Transnational works on government approval and contract negotiations on behalf of entertainment clients. Other areas of focus include compliance and regulation. The team drafts and negotiates entertainment and art performance contracts. Gambling operators also form part of the firm’s client base.


Jones Day specialises in cyber security, privacy and data protection. The firm’s global focus on intellectual property creates an integrated approach with lawyers in Taiwan working closely with the firm’s international network. Jack J.T. Huang leads the team which also advises on joint and strategic ventures.

 

K&L Gates litigates on behalf of clients in disputes regarding authorship, ownership, originality and fair use. The full-service firm assists with domestic and cross-border matters notably connected with copyright,

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TIER 1

Baker McKenzie

Formosan Brothers  

Lee, Tsai & Partners

Yangming Partners


TIER 2

Eiger

LCS & Partners

Lee and Li

Liang & Partners

Pamir Law Group


TIER 3

Formosa Transnational

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Shay & Partners  


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