Members of Dorsey & Whitney’s Korea practice group have over 14 years of experience in advising Korean and international clients in Korea, including engagements in several high profile transactions. Our Korea practice operates mainly from our offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, London, Southern California and Seattle. Dorsey’s Korea practice group is led by lawyers who are completely bilingual in Korean and English. The Korea practice group has an in-depth understanding of the corporate culture and business practices in Korea.
Following Dorsey's strength as a Firm, our Korea practice is multi-disciplinary covering corporate practices such as capital markets, M&A, private equity, cross-border joint ventures, project finance, leveraged finance, Korea – China transactions and Korea – U.S. transactions, dispute resolution including cross-border litigation and arbitration ad international trade.
Mergers & Acquisitions
In Korea, we have advised various Korean and international clients with respect to some of the landmark M&A transactions, including representation of LG Electronics, Inc. in the US$2.2. billion sale of LG Semicon’s shares to Hyundai Industries. We also represented Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation in the US$520 million sale of its interest of Daehan Investments & Securities to Hana Bank and the US$494 million sale of its interest of Korea Investment & Securities to Dongwon Financial Holdings. Lawyers of our Korea practice team have advised corporations in Korea, including Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Heavy Industries.
International Capital Markets
The lawyers of our Korea practice group have advised Korean and international companies and investment banks with respect to the international capital markets activities, including some of the most high-profile transactions in Korea:
- Initial public offerings (“IPOs”) and listings on the stock exchanges in Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and New York
- International private placements of equity, debt and convertible bonds under Rule 144A and Regulation S
- PIPEs offerings
- Pre-IPO restructuring and financing
The lawyers of our Korea practice group have advised private equity funds, including KKR, Sonnedix and Herakles Fund with regard to investment in private companies in Korea and other countries in Korea, Asia and Africa.
Project Financing and Leveraged Financing
The lawyers of our Korea practice group have advised lenders, sponsors and private equity funds in Korea and other countries with regard to various project financing and leveraged financing transactions.
International Dispute Resolution
The lawyers of our Korea practice group have advised clients in resolving international business disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. We represent clients in international arbitrations and lawsuits, including matters before the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the World Trade Organization, the International Commercial Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and the London Metals Exchange.
The lawyers of our Korea practice group have extensive experience representing clients in disputes concerning international trade agreements, including representation of the Korean government to win challenges against U.S. antidumping duties on Korean steel under the World Trade Organization procedures for resolving intergovernmental trade disputes.
National Security Law
The lawyers of our Korea practice group offer in-depth experience and expertise in handling a wide range of business transactions that involve national security considerations under U.S. and European Union law, including United Nations and national sanctions and embargoes, security clearances and the use of or access to classified information, and defense contracting and military procurement.