Tim T. Chang

Partner, Los Angeles Office

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Tim Chang is a partner in the Firm's Los Angeles office. Mr. Chang’s clients range from multinational public companies to medium and small privately held companies as well as individuals with high net worth. 

Mr. Chang reads, writes and speaks fluent Chinese, which he frequently uses in his practice to assist clients on transnational transactions involving the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the U.S.  He often serves the position of outside General Counsel for Asian clients with respect to their legal affairs in the U.S., including coordination of litigation and supervision of intellectual property matters. He has written several journal articles related to "doing business" in Vietnam and China and legal status of Taiwan in the U.S. Courts published in the Los Angeles Business Journal, World Journal (Chinese American newspaper), Transnational Corporate Lawyers, National Lawyers Magazine, Practical Law, Construction Magazine and other publications.

Mr. Chang's practice focuses on business transactions/planning; mergers & acquisitions; corporate finance, real estate, dispute resolution and cross-border wealth planning. Some examples of his work include:

Mergers and Acquisitions:   Represents various Asian electronic, software, medical device and food companies in acquisition of U.S. companies pursuant to either stock purchase or asset purchase transaction, including acquisition of assets from bankrupt or financially distressed companies.

Corporate Governance/Disputes:  Counsels companies and their boards of directors and officers on corporate governance best practices, including oversight and fiduciary responsibilities, board and committee structure and internal or independent investigations and minority vs. controlling shareholders disputes/litigation.

Insolvency and Financial Solutions:  Advises companies and creditors on pre-bankruptcy petition rights and remedies and alternatives to bankruptcy filing, including multi-jurisdictional concerns. 

Start-Up and Venture Capital Investment:  Represents start-up companies in all phases of fund raising, including Preferred Stock financing, strategic alliance financing and bridge financing.

Real Estate:  Extensive experience in real estate, including commercial and industrial lease, acquisition and sale of shopping centers, lands and office skyscraper. He represents borrowers in loan workout, financing structure and litigation.

Cross Border Wealth Planning:  Services U.S. clients with foreign wealth planning objectives and foreign clients with U.S. investments’ estate planning objectives. 

Nonprofit Organizations:  Special expertise in matters of nonprofit organization and represents several charities, churches, Buddhist temples, foundations and mutual benefit associations in matters of formation, tax exemption and compliance, estate planning programs and dealings with the United Nations as an NGO.

RECOGNITION

  • Southern California Rising Star awarded by Los Angeles Magazine.  
  • Super Lawyer for 2014 by Super Lawyers Magazine Southern California ediition and Los Angeles Magazine.  
  • Selected Top Attorney in the business law category in San Gabriel Valley by Pasadena Magazine for 2012.

ADMISSIONS & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • California State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • United States Tax Court
  • Board Member, First Commercial Bank (USA), a California chartered banking subsidiary of First Bank (Taiwan), also chair of CRA and Compliance Committee and Compensation Committee; member of Audit Committee; member of Directors Loan Committee
  • Former Board Member, Hotai Motor Co. Ltd., TSE listed
  • Board Member, Chang Yuan Motor (Hino) Co. Ltd.
  • Board Member, Hotai Shinyeh (Daikin) Co. Ltd.
  • Volunteer/Legal Affairs Officer/General Counsel, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, USA
  • Board Member, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, USA
  • Former Executive Board Member, Monte Jade Science and Technology Association
  • Board Member, Wei Chuan Educational and Cultural Foundation
  • Founding Board Member and General Counsel, the Greater Los Angeles Taiwan Center Foundation
  • Former President (1998), Taiwanese American Lawyers Association