Lucas Chang, Ph.D., counsels clients on corporate and securities transactions. These deals include foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), venture capital financing, private equity investments, and public offerings. As a senior partner of Morgan Lewis's greater china practice, Lucas splits his time between Silicon Valley and Greater China (China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan). He is admitted to practice in California only.
Bringing global experience to his practice, Lucas advises clients in cross-border transactions that involve complex international corporate structures and special contractual arrangements that must comply with unique legal requirements in various jurisdictions.
A licensed US patent attorney, Lucas prosecutes patent applications and counsels clients on intellectual property (IP) creation. He advises global clients on IP protection and litigation, and serves as the business/IP liaison in major IP litigation matters. With experience in competition-related legal issues, he also handles US and European Union antitrust investigations and litigations.
Representing multinational corporations and emerging companies in the United States, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Lucas counsels clients in industries such as electronics, computer hardware and software, semiconductor manufacturing, Internet and e-commerce, media and English education, chemicals, energy, biotechnology, and healthcare.
Lucas draws on his on-the-ground corporate and technological experience when advising these clients. Before launching his legal career, he spent 10 years as a research scientist and technical team leader at IBM Research and Union Carbide Corporation.
He also serves on the advisory board of the Asian Law Alliance.
Mergers and Acquisitions; Foreign Direct Investments
Led and participated in various M&A transactions involving public and private companies operating in the U.S., Taiwan, and China.
Represented various U.S. and international companies making direct investments in China and Taiwan.
Represented U.S. companies relocating to Taiwan in corporate inversion transactions.
Represented leading U.S. and international companies in asset or equity acquisitions in China and Taiwan and in joint venture formation and termination in China.
Venture Capital, Private Equity, and Public Offerings
Led and participated in venture capital financing transactions involving companies operating and/or registered in the United States, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Cayman Islands, Bermuda and British Virgin Islands, and leading international venture capital investors.
Participated in private equity investments in China involving both international and domestic corporate structures and leading international private equity investors.
Participated in and leading initial public offerings, secondary offerings and follow-on offerings on NASDAQ, NYSE, and Stock Exchange of Hong Kong involving various issuers and leading investment bankers.
Intellectual Property and Litigation
Represented clients and participating in intellectual property/patent infringement lawsuits in U.S. federal courts in Northern California, Eastern Texas, Massachusetts, and Southern California and in ITC 337 actions, involving companies from China and Taiwan.
Participated in several patent infringement and invalidation actions in Taiwan and China involving U.S. and international companies.
Prepared various technology transaction documents such as license agreements, joint developments agreements, foundry agreements, and supply agreements.
Prosecuted U.S. patent applications in semiconductor processing and design, computer architectures, data/image compression, laser optics, and chemical compositions.
Antitrust Investigation and Litigation
Represented public companies in Taiwan and their U.S. affiliates in U.S. and EU investigations, antitrust litigation, and class actions.
National Taiwan University, 1977, B.S.E.
Santa Clara University School of Law, 1994, J.D.
University of Washington, 1983, Ph.D.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Awards and Affiliations
Member, California State Bar Association
Listed, Top 10 in Northern California Emerging Business and Venture Capital, The Legal 500 (2009)
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Chairman's Award (2010)
Listed, International Who's Who of Life Science Lawyers 2013 (Transactional Section)