Squire Patton Boggs has announced the appointment of Corporate partner Stephen Pak. Mr. Pak was previously a senior foreign counsel at Yulchon LLC in Seoul, and he also spent 12 years at Sidley Austin working from the firm’s Los Angeles and Hong Kong offices.
Mr. Pak is a US-licensed lawyer with a broad corporate practice, focusing on cross-border M&A, foreign investment transactions, private equity and venture capital, as well as international dispute resolution. He has also advised on data security matters.
“We are excited to welcome Stephen to the firm,” said Joon Yong Kim, managing partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Seoul, “Stephen’s extensive corporate and disputes experience will strengthen our capabilities for clients and contribute to the development of our practice in Seoul.”
Asia Practice Coordinator Ken Kurosu said that expansion in the region was a strategic focus: “Stephen brings expertise that presents synergies across a number of different practices. His appointment, alongside the recent arrival of Rika Beppu and Haig Oghigian in Tokyo, is part of our ongoing investment in developing our services across Asia.”
Squire Patton Boggs was one of the first global law firms to open an office in Seoul in 2012. The firm’s Korea experience spans a range of practices – from cross-border M&A transactions to international dispute resolution and government relations.
The firm has been advising a wide range of Korean companies from the automotive, chemicals, telecommunications, construction, energy, high-tech and steel industries, from several key offices, including Tokyo, Beijing and Los Angeles, for nearly 30 years.
Earlier this month, Corporate partner Rika Beppu arrived from Hogan Lovells, where she was previously head of Corporate and M&A, and Haig Oghigian, the former Tokyo head of commercial disputes at K&L Gates, joined the firm at the end of last year.