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  • Korea is one of Asia’s most important markets and it’s linked with the biggest markets in the world – China, India, Japan, the US, the EU and the Middle East. 

    No other global law firm is better positioned to meet your demands in Korea – at Freshfields we strive to understand your business and objectives, and we’ll help you achieve them. Our worldwide network will support you for every mandate in Korea. We’ve also built relationships with the best law firms in Korea, financial institutions and government agencies, so we can offer you the best legal advice for any situation.

    Our core team members are fluent in Korean, have lived and worked in Korea both as foreign lawyers and foreign law consultants, and possess both JD and MBA degrees. Our Korea team, backed by our global network, is able to bring a distinctive set of skills, international perspective and strategic thinking to every mandate that we work on so that our clients are able to realise their goals and potential.

  • We have advised many companies doing business in Korea/with Korean companies including:


    • The largest Korean electronics company on the US$1.4b sale of its hard disk business to a NASDAQ- listed company.
    • A leading Japanese bank on the compulsory acquisition of a listed company on the Korea Exchange, under Korean law. 
    • A national telecommunications operator and a first class university hospital on its proposed joint venture with government bodies in the Middle East. 
    • Conducting due diligence on behalf of a US based nuclear company on a South Korean business in the hydro/ thermal/nuclear power plant equipment space. 
    • A global consumer products brand on entering a joint venture with a listed company in Korea. 
    • A leading Russian oil company on setting up a consortium, or joint venture with several corporates, including a Korean marine company to reconstruct and further develop the ship building capabilities in the Far East. 

    Dispute Resolution 

    • A leading Korean construction company on their arbitration against an Oman based power company. 
    • A US energy, chemicals, and mining company, in connection with its subsidiaries activities in Korea. We are defending the client against allegations of false documentation from the Korean company. 
    • Defending one of the largest tobacco companies on an action taken by the South Korean National Health Insurance Corporation in relation to reimbursements of healthcare costs. 
    • A multinational oil and gas exploration company on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act / Anti-Bribery and Corruption implications of its partnership with a Guinean corporation. Other parties involved include a Korean company in the same sector. 
    • A Japanese conglomerate on the Treaty on Basic Relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea. 
    • Advising on a potential dispute with their client's JV partner in Korea, Samsung Corporation, over payment of dividends.


    • Conducting a global survey on behalf of a Japanese government body regarding its employment arbitration systems, and compensation awards in more than 10 jurisdictions, including Korea.
    • An international investment bank on a multi-jurisdictional analysis of the compatibility with local laws of a proposed new remuneration structure, in line with Financial Conduct Authority guidelines.


    • Assisting the client with the leasing of one of its aircraft to one of the leading Korean budget airliners. 


    • A Korean subsidiary of a multinational chemical, and industrial products company on competition law advice.


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  • "Really switched-on; they know the law and are pragmatic in their advice."

    Chambers Asia Pacific, Competition/Antitrust (International Firms), 2015

  • "They are extremely helpful and knowledgeable, putting in a lot of extra effort."

    Chambers Asia Pacific, Intellectual Property (International Firms), 2015
  • "Their teams in different offices work seamlessly and smoothly to handle the entire process. To my mind they are the go-to team for complex, non-routine transactions where efficient, high-quality advice is critical."

    Chambers Asia Pacific, Corporate/M&A & Private Equity, 2015
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