Linklaters’ established our Foreign Legal Consultant Office in Seoul in July 2013. Leveraging our unique international capabilities and detailed understanding of the regulatory and business environment in Korea, we provide on-the-ground execution capabilities in both U.S. and English law, across key practice areas including M&A, private equity, foreign direct investment, outbound investment, corporate finance, capital markets, projects, energy and infrastructure, banking and finance.

Recent significant transactions include advising:
  • Korean Exim Bank and Korean Trade Insurance (K-sure) on the US$1.3bn financing facilities for Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company K.S.C. in respect of the KIPIC LNG Terminal
  • Xtep International Holdings on its US$260m acquisition of E.Land Footwear USA Holdings (owner of K-Swiss, Palladium and Supra) from E-Land World Limited, a South Korean fashion and retail group
  • Korean Exim Bank and K-sure on the project financing of the 1GW Karapinar Solar project in Turkey, sponsored by Hanwha
  • Korean Exim Bank in relation to its €8bn (US$9bn) framework lending arrangement with a group of Iranian commercial banks for the purposes of funding energy and infrastructure development in Iran
  • Korean Exim Bank, K-sure and a group of international commercial banks, on the US$1.7bn financing of the Lotte Chem petrochemical project in Louisiana, USA
  • BNP Paribas, DBS Bank, ING Bank, Sociéte Générale and Standard Chartered Bank on the €500m Social Covered Bonds due 2023 issued by Korea Housing Finance Corporation, the most prolific issuer of standalone covered bonds in the Korean market
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and Standard Chartered Bank on the issue of US$500m 4% Notes due 2023 by POSCO
  • J.P. Morgan, NH Investment & Securities, Citigroup and Korea Investment & Securities on the KRW 2.66 trn IPO transaction for leading global game company, Netmarble Games Corporation - the largest IPO in Korea since 2010
Our renowned experience is recognised by the market:

"For complex deals, we would not hesitate to recommend the Linklaters Seoul office."
Band 1 – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016 - 2019, Projects & Infrastructure (International Firms): South Korea

"Linklaters is well known for advising Korean export credit agencies, sponsors and international lenders on high-profile projects”
Band 1 – Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019, Projects and energy: foreign firms: South Korea 

Best Korea Deal: LG Chem’s Convertible Bonds due 2021
FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2018