Howard Shiu

Howard Shiu

Baker & McKenzie


Howard Shiu concentrates his practice on labor and employment laws and dispute resolution. Noted as a Band 1 Lawyer by Chambers Greater China Region Guide (2024) and Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2024), he is described as possessing strong expertise in employment contracts for multinational corporations and that clients praise his responsiveness and "really, really good understanding and knowledge of the labor market."

Howard has considerable experience assisting and representing local and foreign corporations in labor and employment matters, including resolution of labor disputes, employment issues in merger and acquisition transactions, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements (CBA) with unions, mass severance, and compliance of employment regulations.

Representative Legal Matters

Resolution of Labor Disputes

  • Represented various multinational financial institutes, high-tech companies, chain restaurants, etc. in handling their private negotiations, mediations and/or lawsuits in labor disputes.
  • Representing various high-profile companies in conducting internal investigations on employees’ suspected misconducts, involving sexual harassment, embezzlement, bribery, and forgery.
  • Represented various high profile clients in closing and obtaining favorable judgments for wrongful termination lawsuits filed by former employees.

Employment Issues in Mergers & Acquisition Transactions

  • Advised on employment issues in M&A transactions for various high-profile MNCs.
  • Advised on employment issues during the post-merger integrations (including transfer of employee welfare funds and consolidation of employee benefits) and various high-profile MNCs.

Negotiating Union Collective Bargaining Agreements

  • Represented high-profile foreign private equity in negotiating and concluding a CBA with the employees union of one important local bank.
  • Represented Standard Chartered Bank in preventing its employees union from initiating strike action and concluding at least two rounds of CBA negotiations with its employees union, while the second round took less than two months, a record in Taiwan’s union history. (Disclosable)

Mass Severance

  • Assisted the liquidator of one high-profile investment back to close its Taiwan subsidiary, laying off most of its employees and transferring the remaining employees to another firm.
  • Assisted one high-profile foreign insurance company in terminating the employment of over half of its more than one thousand employees.

Compliance of Employment Regulations

  • Advising various high-profile retailers, chain restaurants, high-tech companies on their employment law compliance issues, such as overtime, severance, pension, annual leave, female employees, working hours arrangement, and employees privacy.
  • Advising various high-profile clients on structuring lawful approaches to terminating their employees.

Professional Honors

  • Named Band 1 Lawyer by Chambers Greater China Region Guide (2024)
  • Named Recommended Lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2024)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Taiwan Bar Association - Chairperson of the Labor Relationship Committee (2012)

Corporate Responsibility

  • Active Partner of Baker McKenzie CSR Committee
  • Co-Chair of HR Committee of European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan


  • New York~United States (2006)
  • Taipei~Taiwan (1999)


  • New York University School of Law (LL.M.) (2003)
  • National Taiwan University (LL.M.) (1999)
  • National Taiwan University (LL.B.) (1994)


  • Mandarin
  • Taiwanese
  • English