A weekly snapshot of Taiwan business news stories brought to you by CommonWealth and AmCham Taiwan’s TOPICS FSC Approves Major Insurance M&A Deal The Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) on May 31 provided its conditional approval of Taishin Financial Holdings’ acquisition of Prudential Life Insurance. The FSC’s first condition is that Taishin make a statement committing…

A proposed acquisition could be a turning point for Taiwan’s overbanked financial services industry. Last December, Fubon Financial Holdings, the second-largest financial services organization in Taiwan, announced that it was pursuing a hostile takeover of Jih Sun Financial Holdings through a public tender offer for at least 50% of the company’s shares. The offer is…

Last December, Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) announced the easing of requirements for foreign finance professionals, part of the government’s plans to make Taiwan an Asia-Pacific financial hub. The work experience requirement for senior financial executives applying for the Employment Gold Card – a special work visa that incorporates an alien resident certificate, open work…

As paradigms in the banking industry shift rapidly, the future of banking hedges on innovation, specialization, and mastery of the digital business landscape. In the past year, volatility in global and regional markets—from the plunge in oil prices to post-Brexit uncertainties—has made Taiwan’s banking industry keen to bring stability and growth to the financial liberalization…

Then Council of Agriculture Minister (now Legistlative Yuan Speaker) Su Jia-chyuan, fourth from left, was among the dignitaries at the 2007 ceremony for the bank.

Once saddled with a huge volume of non-performing loans, the farming credit system has strengthened under the supervision of a state-backed agricultural bank. Taiwan’s agricultural finance system has evolved considerably since the early 2000s when it was burdened with a large volume of non-performing loans (NPLs). The dire state of Taiwan’s rural finances at that…