The Seoul office advises both Korean companies doing business overseas and international clients doing business in Korea, providing strategic local support and seamless access to our global resources. We have over 25 Korean-speaking attorneys throughout the firm in the areas of M&A, capital markets, technology transactions, leveraged finance, IP and commercial litigation, IP licensing, and white collar crime.
A LEADER IN KOREA
Paul Hastings has a long history of representing Korean companies dating back to the 1970’s, when we advised Commercial Bank of Korea, and was one of the first international law firms to open an office there. We likewise have a deep and longstanding commitment to Korea. Our Seoul office enables us to help our clients pursue new paths to growth, including some of the most complicated litigation and both in-bound and outbound landmark M&A transactions in the region such as the sale of Walmart Korea to Shinsegae and Samsung’s acquisition of Harman.
M&A Deal of the YearAsian Legal Business
Ranked in Band 1 for Corporate/M&A (International Firms)Chambers Asia -Pacific
Largest Korean outbound M&A transaction on record
Represented Samsung Electronics in its US$8B acquisition of Harman International Industries, Inc.
Represented Hanwha Systems in its US$345M IPO and listing on the Korea Exchange.
Represented Samsung in a complex action against NuCurrent Inc., which involves trade secrets misappropriation, breach of contract and patent infringement.
Structuring Complex Transactions, Resolving Critical Disputes
Our sophisticated international Capital Markets practice represents issuers and underwriters on equity and debt capital raisings, including public and private equity and debt financings, secured financings, and distressed debt trading.
The Korea Corporate practice advises clients on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.
Our Litigation practice protects our clients’ interests in highly complex cross-border disputes, including intellectual property and antitrust matters.