Trends in Korean Companies Foreign Listings and IPOs
By DONG CHUL KIM
On May 8, 2013, Paul Hastings hosted its annual Asian Century Forum in Seoul in association with the Financial Times and KOTRA. At the Forum, many senior policy-makers, financial and corporate decision-makers and key advisors participated as speakers to share their insights on the investment and partnership opportunities surrounding the global expansion of Korean businesses, and the challenges that need to be overcome for those opportunities to be maximized. After the keynote address on major challenges and opportunities facing the Korean economy by Dr. SaKong, the Chairman and CEO of the Institute for Global Economics, a plenary panel discussion on the Korean economy in general followed by breakout panel sessions on outbound M&As, overseas securities offerings, U.S. litigation and energy investments took place. This article will focus on the topics discussed at the capital markets panel, including a trend in Korean companies’ overseas listings and initial public offerings.
This article first appeared in AMCHAM Korea’s quarterly magazine, Journal (Vol. 80, No. 3).