Stephen Sukjoon Pak practices primarily in the fields of M&A, finance and general corporate law, private equity and venture capital, as well as international dispute resolution. He has assisted many Korean companies in their global expansion around the world, as well as in their investment and contract negotiations, including any disputes that may arise abroad.

    Stephen started his career as a law clerk and entered private practice with a Houston firm as a litigator. In 1999, he joined an international law firm and practiced for more than a decade in its Los Angeles and Hong Kong offices, before joining a leading Korean law firm headquartered in Seoul in 2011.

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    • Advised Kuraray, a global leader in chemical synthetic resin and fiber industry, in connection with its acquisition of DuPont Korea’s Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyls division.
    • Advised Konica Minolta in connection with its acquisition of Fedex Kinkos Korea from Fedex Kinkos International, a US company.
    • Advised STX Offshore and Shipbuilding in connection with a joint venture with United Shipbuilding Corporation, a company owned by the Russian government, for the construction of a US$1 billion shipyard in St. Petersburg, Russia.
    • Advised ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies based in Switzerland, in connection with its attempt to acquire controlling equity interest in a Korean company.
    • Advised iriver, a Korean electronics manufacturer, on its negotiations with an Italian company for (i) the successful settlement of disputes relating to an existing licensing contract and (ii) entering into new licensing agreements.
    • Advised international investment banks, as joint lead managers, in connection with the offering by Korean Housing Finance Corporation of US$500 million covered bonds.
    • Advised POSCO in connection with its attempt to acquire controlling equity interest in a steel manufacturer in Thailand.
    • Advised E.Land in connection with its attempt to acquire controlling equity interest in a Hong Kong-listed apparel company.
    • Advised PT Bank Tabungan Negara (Persero) Tbk., an Indonesian bank, on the privatization through its offering of new shares in the amount of approximately US$400 million.
    • Advised Hanjin Heavy Industry in connection with its purchase of a CO2 generation plant and long-term O2 supply contract with Ingasco for Hanjin’s shipbuilding facilities in Subic, Philippines.
    • Advised Asia Aluminum Holdings Limited in connection with a “roll-up” transaction in which a Japan-based strategic investor’s equity stake in a PRC subsidiary of AAI (approximately US$100 million) is exchanged with an equity stake in AAI.
    • Advised HSBC, as sole lead manager, in connection with the offering by Hang Fung Gold Technology Limited, a Hong Kong company, of US$170 million 9.25% senior notes due 2014.
    • Advised JPMorgan and Bahana Securities, as joint lead managers, on the privatization through an equity offering by the Indonesian Ministry of State Owned Enterprises of shares of PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.
    • Advised Hanjin Heavy Industry on the structuring of foreign direct investment in the Philippines for the building of US$1 billion shipbuilding facilities in Subic.
    • Advised a major US institutional agency-only securities broker in connection with the investigation of it by the Financial Supervisory Service of Korea for alleged naked short selling activities.
    • Advised LG Ericssion in connection with its evaluation of pioneering entry into a new area of telecommunication business in Korea from regulatory and business perspectives.
    • Advised Samsung Electronics in connection with obtaining the export control clearance, under the US Export Administration Regulations, for Samsung’s export of certain high-tech communication equipment to Iran.

    Education

    • University of Houston Law Center, 1996
    • Korea University, B.A., 1991

    Admissions

    • California, 1998

    Languages

    • English
    • Korean
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