The Growth of the Aviation Industry: A Sector Soaring High
Lee and Li is the largest law firm in Taiwan providing a full range of legal services to clients. Senior Counsellor Patricia Lin and Associate Partner Mark Yu talk us through the firm’s work and how they have maintained their place at the top of Taiwan’s legal industry.
Established over 50 years ago, Lee and Li, Attorneys-At-Law is the largest full service law firm in Taiwan, and have recently made a number of changes to our firm in order to expand our global reach and ensure we provide the very highest quality service to all of our clients.
This recent restructuring saw us form practice groups, which span the five departments of the firm, i.e., banking and capital markets, corporate and investment, trademark and copyright, patent and technology and litigation and ADR. This enable us to ensure we assign the correct member of staff to each case.
Our professional and dedicated staff includes over 100 lawyers admitted in Taiwan, patent agents, patent attorneys, trademark attorneys, more than 100 technology experts, and specialists in other fields. Many of our colleagues are licensed to practice law in the United States, and some have also passed the bar exam in the People's Republic of China or are licensed patent attorneys in the United States and the People's Republic of China.
In addition to Taiwan, Lee and Li has established strategic alliances in China to provide Greater China legal services. Lee and Li frequently receives awards, including recently, the National Law Firm of the Year for Taiwan for 2015 awarded by IFLR and the Taiwan Deal Firm of 2015 by ALB.
Owing to our international activities, in recent years we have been working with international leasing companies and financial institutions for decades in connection with leasing, selling and financing of aircraft to major Taiwanese airlines. As such, our firm has become the market leader in Taiwan of providing legal services for aircraft leasing and financing transactions.
In addition to this, our company also maintains good relationships with major Taiwanese airlines, so Lee and Li can keep up-to-date on the latest developments in the aviation industry in Taiwan.
One of the key reasons we are now specialising in working with the aviation industry is because we believe the aviation industry is in an upward trend, especially in Asia.
There are a number of reasons for this: the rise of low-cost-carrier; the increased demand for energy efficient airplanes; the ever closer economic integration between Asian countries and our regions prosperous tourism market.
These trends also offer an explanation into why aircraft leasing and financing transactions are booming in recent years.
Over recent years we have noticed a strong demand from our clients for aircraft transactions, and are happy to assist our clients in those deals. We expect competition in aviation legal services to intensify over the coming years. As such, we understand that we have to remain fully up to date with trends in the industry in order to properly advise our clients.
In order to achieve this, we utilise our network of industry contacts to stay ahead of the latest trends in the industry, and then apply our legal skills to help clients achieve their business goals. Therefore, we constantly refine and expand our practice areas to satisfy the needs of our clients. For example, we were the pioneer in developing banking and capital markets practice since the 1980s and are still playing the pioneer role in various fields today.
We are also fortunate to have participated in many legislative and/or rulemaking processes, which gives us an edge on knowing the latest legal reforms in Taiwan, so we could give the most updated advice to our clients.
In addition, we regularly hold workshops and seminars. In those training sessions, we gain our expertise and experiences by sharing and learning together, and we encourage and sponsor our associates to pursue further studies: many of them hold degrees from different fields.
Our work helping to formulate the regulations in the industry highlights the comprehensive knowledge and close connections with the governments we have formed during our 50 years in the business. In a matter of law, we only offer the best services that our competitors would praise. We are also a full service firm providing the complete and quality service to our clients.
The factor that truly differentiate us from our competitors and keeps us at the top of our industry is that we are dedicated to making a positive and long-lasting impact on our society. We commit ourselves to unwavering pro bono services. For instance, we apply constitutional interpretations for promoting human rights in the belief that, we could improve our society by our profession. We also set up a foundation to nurture legal professionals and promote legal education.
Moving forward, our plan for the future is as always: to work closely with our clients, think one step ahead, and deliver professional services above our clients' expectation in an efficient and effective way.
Company: Lee and Li, Attorneys-At-Law
Name: Patricia Lin, Senior Counsellor/Mark Yu, Associate Partner
Web Address: http://www.leeandli.com/EN/Professions/3/120.htm
Address: 7F, 201 Tun Hua N. Road, Taipei 10508, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Telephone: 886-2-2715-3300 ext.2235/2374