Liying Wang


  • Founder, Next and Nexus Law Office
  • General Counsel and Head of Public Policy, AppWorks Ventures
  • Vice Secretary-General, Taiwan Internet and E-Commerce Association
  • Deputy Chairwoman, IP and Innovation Committee, Taipei Bar Association

Liying is an attorney admitted to both the Taipei Bar and New York State Bar, having been serving clients from the hi-tech industry worldwide at a top law firm and working in-house at a big smartphone brand in charge of its global operations. From what Liying had observed through the decade-long experience, however, the system of practice of law has never been fundamentally changed to accommodate the dramatic economic and societal shifts coming along with the digital revolution.

Disruptive innovations are coming from startups – Facebook for media, Airbnb for home rentals, and Tesla for automobiles – and there are just so many things an attorney can do to help. That perspective called for Liying’s action to come up with a new and flexible model of law practice: walking hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs to truly understand their businesses, industries, pain points, and even the founders themselves.

By a stroke of serendipity, Liying came across Jamie Lin and the solid team of AppWorks, which had already garnered a reputable name as the largest startup ecosystem and most active internet-minded venture capital firm in the region. With AppWorks’ support, Liying started Next and Nexus Law Office to apply her years of legal expertise and industry insight to a critical purpose in line with her personal career aspiration – that being AppWorks’ mission to cultivate Taiwan’s innovative capabilities and forge an ecosystem for internet entrepreneurs in the neighboring region.

Liying loves her role to provide strategic and practical legal advice covering daily operations, dispute resolutions, investment and M&A transactions to entrepreneurs within the ecosystem. The proven “product-market fit” of Liying’s role resulted in her being invited to serve as the Deputy Chairwoman of the IP and Innovation Committee at the Taipei Bar Association, where Liying can lead the conversation to encourage greater collaboration among attorneys to serve the nascent industry.

Liying also considers herself standing at the best position to serve as a liaison between the public and private sectors particularly on the topic of public policy reform. To serve the goal, Liying provides pro bono services for the prominent Taiwan Internet and E-Commerce Association and carries the responsibility as the Vice Secretary-General to work with AppWorks and all industry leaders to together strive for a smarter regulatory environment that respects and rewards innovation.

Take a look at the media interview about Liying and Next & Nexus.