Daryl Lai is a graduate of the University of London. He has an LL.B. (Honours) Degree and a Graduate Diploma in International Mergers and Acquisitions. He was called to the English Bar in 1997 and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Singapore Supreme Court the following year in 1998.
Daryl practices as a foreign lawyer in Taiwan with considerable experience in Taiwanese law. Prior to the setting up of JTJB-Taipei, he had previously been with 2 of the largest law firms in Taiwan where he specialized in corporate investment, intellectual property, and mergers and acquisitions.
Daryl's responsibility in JTJB-Taipei takes him across a variety of legal disciplines in securities, investment, competition law, insurance, corporate acquisitions and cross-border transactions. Some of the work undertaken by Daryl includes the advice given to the Asian subsidiary of a U.S. underwater cable company on the sale of major corporate assets in Taiwan and the merger of 2 major accounting firms in the country. Daryl has also acted for the Taiwanese State Petroleum Company, CPC, in a number of major contractual disputes with offshore vendors. Other than that, Daryl handles inbound investment into Taiwan and advises on regulatory and corporate law issues to various foreign investors. He has advised and acted for a very prominent Asian government in the sale of assets and landed property in Taiwan. He has also advised a South-East Asian government owned airlines in setting up a business presence in the local Taiwan market. He has advised one of the richest Taiwanese-American billon-air in the U.S. in a cross-border family dispute that ultimately resulted in the redistribution of a huge sizable personal wealth. He has also advised a famous Asian singer-song writer on licensing rights in the country. His clientele spans across a wide list of transportation companies, insurers, manufacturers, trading houses, investment firms, financiers, government linked agencies, and rich individuals etc.
On the shipping and transportation side, Daryl has advised a wide number of shipowners, marine insurers and P&I Clubs regarding maritime disputes and arrests in Taiwan. He has also handled various financing and corporate acquisitions for one of the largest ship owner in Taiwan. He was previously involved in a number of high profile cases which includes the M.T. “Chang Yun” (one of the widest marine oil pollution in Taiwanese maritime history) and the M.V. “Maersk Dubai” (which sparked off international attention regarding charges of murder on the high seas drawn against the Taiwanese officers of a major container line). He is, to date, the only lawyer in Taiwan who has arbitrated in London on shipping matters for local clients. He is also the only lawyer in Taiwan capable of conducting a maritime casualty investigation, having investigated and advised local hull underwriters in a marine casualty incident at the Suez Canal, with his most recent being an investigation into the causes of a collision off anchorage in the Marshall Islands. He has shown exemplary performance to P&I clients while working on the M.V. "Thor Ace" which was one of the most complicated shipping cases in Taiwanese history involving various issues concerning a marine casualty, cargo claim, general average, salvage, charter party, 2 separate arrests, and 2 subsequent releases, all happening against the backdrop of a threatening typhoon onslaught.
Daryl is the author of the fourth, fifth, and sixth edition of the Taiwan Chapter of the Shipping Law Review - ISBN Publication No. 978-1-910813-652. His is also the writer to the Taiwan Chapter of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Insurance and Reinsurance Law, Second Edition - ISBN Publication No. 978-908070-50-0.