Seoul

Foreign Legal Consultant Office
18F Ferrum Tower
19 Eulji-ro 5-gil
Jung-gu
Seoul 04539
F +82 2 6353 8351
Our Seoul office acts on a global basis for several of Korea’s largest conglomerates. We bring you a tremendous depth of experience in matters involving transactions, commercial dispute resolution and government relations. Members of our team have represented Korea-based companies for more than 30 years.

As a team of native Korean speakers, we have a long history of working with manufacturers, financial institutions and trading firms throughout Asia Pacific. This enables us to bring you a level of industry knowledge that few international practices can match.

Our Seoul team is part of our wider Asia Pacific practice, which collaborates across our offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. You can be assured that our people are familiar with local customs, fluent in local languages and fully versed in the nuances of local business and legal networks.

Why Choose Us

With more than 100 years of history and offices throughout Asia Pacific and beyond, we combine local experience with global reach.

We were one of the first international legal practices to enter the Asia Pacific in the 1950s, and our commitment to this region remains as strong as ever. Our team can share intimate knowledge of the decision-making, approval and implementation processes that are unique to Korea.

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Banking and Financial Services

Our expertise spans the spectrum of financial services. We routinely advise commercial, investment and merchant banks, government and regulatory agencies, borrowers and issuers of debt, equity and hybrid securities, investment advisers, broker dealers, specialty finance companies and alternative capital sources. 

Corporate 

We have diverse experience of representing public and private companies, private equity and venture capital firms, emerging companies and entrepreneurs. We bring you a full service practice advising in Korea and Asia Pacific, covering all manner of corporate transactions. 

Dispute Resolution

Our team in Korea is part of a wider practice that assists in disputes across multiple jurisdictions, involving complex legal and business challenges. With our local partner firms, we handle every aspect of dispute resolution. We were pleased to be voted In-House Community Firm for International Arbitration in Korea and Middle East Survey. Our leading Middle East construction dispute resolution practice represents Korean corporations facing disputes in Saudi Arabia and throughout the MENA region.

Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology 

We provide comprehensive coverage of the five main areas of IP expertise: patent protection and portfolio strategy, brand protection, trade secrets, commercial agreements and IP litigation. We can protect your brand – through various vehicles, e.g., trademark, copyright or licenses – help manage your portfolio and enforce IP rights or defend against IP claims, in court or at tribunal. 

Litigation (US) 

We assist Korean companies with their US litigation needs, always ensuring our litigation and advocacy strategy is aligned with their business interests and goals. We position our clients to win with quick and aggressive motion practice and alternative dispute resolution tools. If trial is required, you can rely on our outstanding trial capabilities throughout the US. Our individual skills and total commitment to clients are recognized by the American College of Trial Lawyers, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, among others. 

Mergers and Acquisitions

No matter what the nature of your corporate transaction, we can bring the weight of our experience. Our lawyers provide legal advice on corporate mandates across the spectrum, ranging from smaller, relatively straightforward deals to complex multibillion dollar and multidisciplinary transactions, which are often completed under the most challenging time constraints. Our collective expertise, gained from handling complex deals for some of the world’s most renowned companies, is brought to bear on every case. 

US Regulations and Public Policy

Widely recognized as the leading public policy law firm in the US, our team provides expert advice on any US regulatory and policy development that affects Korean clients. This involves formulating and implementing effective strategies to help achieve your objectives in Washington DC. We have previously worked to achieve the successful passage of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement and the extension of the US-Korea Civil Nuclear Cooperation Treaty. We have also advised Asian Airlines before the Department of Transportation in connection with the crash of Flight 214 in San Francisco. For companies facing litigation under far-reaching US laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), we have experienced trial lawyers who represented the US government and its agencies as Department of Justice litigators – and who now advise multinational corporations on some of the largest FCPA cases in US history.

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