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Foreign/Overseas Investment

With the Korean economy’s presence in the global market becoming stronger than ever, international companies that aim to take an advantageous place in the Korean market earlier than competitors have been increasing their investment in Korea.
Our corporate lawyers have a full spectrum of experience working with multinationals from across Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the EU and North America and advising on all types of investment in Korea.  We are adept at dealing with the laws and regulations governing foreign investment, and our experienced international lawyers provide a substantial comfort factor to our clients. Our international lawyers assist investors in all aspects of market entry, from the early stages of investment planning and choosing the most appropriate vehicle to documentation, regulatory and filing matters, making arrangements with outside agencies, and advising on employment law, intellectual property protection, technology transfer and environmental regulations.
For those businesses establishing joint ventures, we can advise on corporate governance, minority rights and dispute resolution, ensuring that you are able to maximize the benefits from a joint venture while minimizing any risk involved.  We also regularly advise on public offerings, the establishment of special purpose companies, the selection of office and factory locations and distribution and franchise business related matters. Our experienced corporate lawyers can provide clients with tailored legal advice and can help them make investments in Korea with confidence. Our comprehensive list of services also includes offering advice on the incorporation of a local subsidiary and joint venture.
Some of our recent major cases include:

  • Advising on the invitation of foreign investors, including the Berjaya Group of Malaysia with regard to the project to develop Yerae Resort-type residential Complex in Jeju
  • Advising Alpha Investment Partners on investment in real estate funds
  • Advising Kosteel Co., Ltd. on attracting investments from National Pension PEF
  • Advising Kores Corp. on the sale of its interest in the Ambatovy nickel mining field in Madagascar
  • Advising Tricom Inc. on the acquisition of a company managing and operating a golf course in the Philippines
  • Advising Taihan Electric Wire Co., Ltd. on the investment in and acquisition of a Philippine based resort
  • Advising Taihan Electric Wire Co., Ltd. on the investment in a Vietnamese based resort
  • Advising Korea National Oil Corporation on the acquisition of an interest in an overseas oil field
  • Advising Dong-A Pharmaceutical on investment from GSK and strategic alliance
  • Advising on the joint venture project between ESPN and a local broadcaster
    Advising on the joint venture project to establish SK Enron, a holding company of seven town gas providers, between Enron and SK
  • Advising on the investment project of Carlyle, imGO, and Springboard Harper
  • Advising Wall-Mart, which intended to enter the Korean market, on the acquisition of Micro Korea
  • Advising on the financing project for the construction of the South Incheon Port between the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and Samsung C&T
  • Advising the Cosco Group, one of top 5 global container carrier on listing its stock on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
  • Advising Alpha Investment Partners on foreign investment in Korea, including the acquisition of a commercial building by utilizing real estate funds
  • Advising Enfinity on foreign investment in a solar energy power plant in Korea
    Representing and advising local autonomous governments, including the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the Gyeonggi-do Government, JDC (i.e., Jeju-do), the Chungson-gun Government and the Wonju-si Government, on the project to develop the IFC Seoul
  • Advising on the project to develop a Universal Studio in Korea
    Advising Cologne Re, a re-insurance company based in Germany, on the establishment of a branch office in Korea and the acquisition of an approval from the Financial Supervisory Service of Korea pursuant to the Insurance Business Act of Korea
  • Advising Accenture, one of the world’s largest consulting firms, on the establishment of a subsidiary in Korea
  • Advising the CSAV Group, one of the largest shipping companies in the Central South Americas, on the incorporation of a subsidiary in Korea and on the cadastral survey project carried out in Jamaica through the formation of an international consortium by Korea Cadastral Survey Corporation
  • Advising Palm Clean Energy Inc. on the project to develop a mine in Molybdenum, Canada through the incorporation of a local joint venture
  • Advising POSCO on the establishment of a private fund for a project to develop foreign resources
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