Korea

In recent years, the South Korean economy has grown into one of the largest economies in Asia. Korean companies are now major multinational players, driving sophisticated and innovative markets in electronics, semiconductors, telecommunications, life sciences, automobiles, software, video games and aviation, as well as in heavy industries such as shipbuilding, chemicals and materials, and energy, among others.

Our attorneys, including several native Korean speakers, have significant experience representing Korea-based clients in cross-border transactions, litigation, arbitration and other complex legal matters, including patent and other IP litigation, commercial and class action litigation, international arbitration, international trade, regulatory counseling and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, capital markets, private equity, and finance-related matters. Our lawyers have represented some of the most sophisticated Korea-based companies in the electronics, life sciences, steel, chemical, materials, energy and shipbuilding industries.

To avoid delays caused by time differences, our lawyers and consultants routinely travel to Korea, ensuring that our management of cross-border matters is seamless. We align our service with client schedules, and we take pride in making ourselves readily accessible — consistent with our values of client service and responsiveness.

McGuireWoods not only offers the unique experience and understanding of Korea, but also the extensive experience, resources and network of an international law practice. We cross borders, practices and industries, collaborating with colleagues — among them fellow members of global legal networks LNI and Lex Mundi — and managing resources in more than 120 countries. Firmwide, our lawyers, consultants and staff collectively speak more than 40 languages.

Recent representative matters include:

  • Representation of the largest Korea-based manufacturer of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) in a key competitor-to-competitor patent litigation matter
  • Representation of a significant Korea-based conglomerate in a highly publicized bid to acquire a professional U.S. baseball team
  • Representation of a Korea-based high-tech company, one of the largest manufacturers of plasma display panels (PDPs), in several high-profile suits against a significant competitor involving 19 patents-in-suit
  • Representation of a biomedical company owned by a Korea-based conglomerate in a complex multinational arbitration relating to orthopedic and spinal biologics technology, with an award of more than $80 million, in addition to preserving exclusive ownership of all IP rights
  • Representation of a Korea-based conglomerate in various trademark and trade dress enforcement matters throughout the world
  • Representation of a Korea-based client relating to US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act 2010 (UKBA) compliance and counseling
  • Representation of a Korea-based electronics company in international trade, importation, and antitrust matters
  • Representation of a Korea-based conglomerate in negotiating and drafting an agreement to purchase certain transportation equipment from a European supplier
  • Representation of a Korea-based pharmaceutical company in negotiating and drafting agreements with its European distributor
  • Representation of a Korea-based life sciences company in patent and other IP related matters
  • Representation of a semiconductor company in a complex cross-border transaction involving the sale of high tech components and equipment to a Korea-based purchaser
  • Representation of an international client in a cross-border transaction involving the sale of a world-terminals business in South Korea
Region-South-Korea

CONTACTS

Franklin D. Kang Partner, San Francisco & Los Angeles T: +1 415 844 1948
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Representative Matter

Buy-Side M&A Involving Purchase of Publicly Traded Company’s Assets by Korean Conglomerate

Representation of a Korea-based life sciences company in acquisition of a NASDAQ traded company.
Representative Matter

Major Competitor-to-Competitor Patent Litigation for Korean High-Tech Client in C.D. Cal.

Representation of a Korea-based high-tech company as trial counsel in competitor-to-competitor patent litigation against its competitor in the Central District of California.
Representative Matter

Major Competitor-to-Competitor Patent Litigation for Korean High-Tech Client in E.D. Va.

Representation of a large Korea-based manufacturer of semiconductors as trial counsel in significant patent litigation against its competitor in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Representative Matter

DOJ Investigation of Korean Company

Management of a multinational internal inquiry into operations and internal controls of an automotive electronics and mechatronics supplier in connection with U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) global corruption investigation.
Representative Matter

Sell-Side M&A Involving Sale of Korean Assets

Representation of a leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in the sale of its world terminals business, which included facilities in China, Hong Kong and South Korea, to Dubai Ports International for $1.15 billion.
Representative Matter

U.S. semiconductor component manufacturer and distributor

Assist U.S. semiconductor component manufacturer and distributor in the negotiation with a Korean purchaser of a min/max contract with comprehensive and interrelated performance requirements linked to purchase requirements.
Results 1-6 of 6
Steve Adkins Steven E. Adkins
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1704
F: +1 202 828 2963
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Dan Chung Daniel M. Chung
Associate
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1759
F: +1 202 857 1737
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George Davis George B. Davis
Associate
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1129
F: +1 804 698 2016
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Richard S Grant Richard S. Grant
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8234
F: +1 310 956 3134
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Franklin Kang Franklin D. Kang
Partner
Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

Wells Fargo Center
South Tower
355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 4200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3103

T: +1 415 844 1948
F: +1 415 844 1928
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Sarah Kim Sarah I. Kim
Associate
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8270
F: +1 310 956 3153
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Sylvia Jihae Kim Sylvia J. Kim
Associate
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

Two Embarcadero Center
Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111-3821

T: +1 310 315 8216
F: +1 310 956 3116
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T:+1 415 490 0865
F: +1 415 490 0935

YooJin Lee Yoojin Lee
Associate
Wells Fargo Center
South Tower
355 S. Grand Ave., Suite 4200
Los Angeles, CA 90071-3103

T: +1 213 457 9854
F: +1 213 457 9890
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Safet Metjahic Safet Metjahic
Partner - Not admitted in VA; Admitted to NY and DC Bars and USPTO
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 212 548 7034
F: +1 212 715 6287
vCard F: +1 703 712 5050

Jessica E Morrison Jessica E. Morrison
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

7 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-1671

T: +1 202 857 1705
F: +1 202 828 2983
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T:+1 202 857 1705

Brian C Riopelle Brian C. Riopelle
Partner
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1084
F: +1 804 698 2150
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Derek H Swanson Derek H. Swanson
Senior Counsel
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

T: +1 804 775 1081
F: +1 804 698 2258
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