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Maritime & Port Bureau Engages Lin & Partners for Port Fees Legal & Regulatory Review

December 29, 2015

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Lin & Partners, a leading Taiwan law firm to global corporations, financial institutions, and government agencies, announced today that the Maritime & Port Bureau, an agency of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, has appointed Lin & Partners as external counsel to advise the MPB on legal and regulatory issues arising from potential changes to the fee structure charged ferries, cruises, and yachts for berthing in Taiwan’s ports.

Managing partner George Lin will lead the engagement, assisted by senior associate David Lee.

The MPB is tasked with building a quality environment for the maritime industry, reinforcing Taiwan’s maritime capabilities to increase Taiwan’s competitiveness, the implementation of the central government’s national maritime policies, the maintenance of order and safety at sea, and the development of maritime human resources.

As part of this engagement, Lin & Partners will advise the MPB on the legal and regulatory infrastructure for port fees in neighboring jurisdictions, analyze Taiwan’s current port fee schedule, propose potential revisions including the creation of off-peak and premium fees, and assess the impact of such revisions.

This MPB is undertaking this project as part of a government policy to increase the competitiveness of Taiwan’s ports as destinations for recreational and tourism purposes, in addition to the historical strength of Taiwan’s ports as a regional hub for container shipping.

“We look forward to working with the Maritime & Port Bureau on this project, which combines our expertise in infrastructure, hospitality, and public policy,” said managing partner George Lin. “Inbound tourism to Taiwan has reached a historic high and we share the Ministry of Transportation & Communications vision to make Taiwan a must-see destination for regional cruise operators and yacht owners.”

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