Linklaters has been active in Korea for over 30 years, advising the leading Korean corporations, financial institutions and law firms.
From our office in Seoul, we are able to leverage our unique international capabilities to provide clients operating in Korea with unrivalled service.
We established our Foreign Legal Consultant Office in Seoul in July 2013, bringing on-the-ground execution capability across key practice areas.
We offer full service capability, advising on U.S. and English law with a detailed understanding of the regulatory and business environment in Korea. Principal areas of practice include M&A, private equity, foreign direct investment, outbound investment, corporate finance, capital markets, projects, energy and infrastructure, banking and finance.
This market-leading practice has been recognised both by market participants and by the following recent awards:
- Band 1 - Projects & Infrastructure: International South Korea, Chambers Asia 2016
- Band 1 – Foreign Firms: South Korea, Legal 500 2016
- South Korea International Law Firm of the Year, Chambers Asia in 2014
- Foreign Law Firm of the Year, ALB Korea Law Awards 2013
- Debt Market Deal of the Year – Doosan Infracore hybrid offering, representing KDB as credit supporter, ALB Korea Law Awards 2013
Recent significant transactions include advising:
- All lenders and ECAs including KEXIM and K-Sure, Chinese banks, and Russian banks on US$20bn Yamal LNG project financing in Russia, sponsored by Total, Novatek and CNPC
- Citigroup Global Markets Limited's issuance of US$300m Guaranteed Senior Capital Securities issued by Doosan Power Systems S.A., guaranteed by The Export-Import Bank of Korea
- KEXIM, K-sure and a group of 8 international commercial banks on the US$1.7bn financing for a two plant petrochemicals complex in Lake Charles Louisiana, USA sponsored by Lotte Chemical
- Kookmin Bank as the issuer (covering both drafting of the disclosure and all legal documentation) on the establishment of its global statutory covered bond programme, first in the Korean market, one of the most innovative deals in Korea in the last few years.
- the lender group including KEXIM, supporting the consortium of POSCO (Korea) and Marubeni (Japan) in their bid to develop, build, operate and maintain the Morupule B Phase II Units 5 & 6 coal fired IPP in Botswana
- the Lead Underwriters on the issuance of RMB 3bn 3.00% Panda Bonds due 2018 issued by the Republic of Korea.