For more than two decades, Korean entities have relied on us for strategic and commercial solutions to their complex legal issues. Members of our multi-disciplinary Korea practice, based in Seoul and located throughout the Firm's global network, are deeply familiar with the needs of Korean clients, and they have strong ties in each of the markets where we practice.
South Korea's conglomerates, financial institutions and state-owned enterprises frequently lead or participate in large-scale international projects and investments. Many are global leaders in the construction, energy, infrastructure, electronics, semiconductor, steelmaking, automotive and shipping & off-shore maritime industries, and they turn to White & Case as a trusted advisor when venturing into new markets or deepening their presence in existing ones.
In a sign of our commitment to the Korean market, we continually invest to develop foreign-trained Korean lawyers who can manage the multijurisdictional issues that our clients face.
With our thorough knowledge and international reach, we are fully able to support Korean clients—ensuring quality and consistency across our service offerings—as they pursue opportunities in the global marketplace.
Ranked as a leading firm in Dispute Resolution and Projects & infrastructure in South Korea
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016
Ranked as a leading firm in South Korea
Asia Pacific Legal 500 2016
"They have an excellent track record—very reliable!"
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015
Hyundai Heavy Industries, ongoing
Representation of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), one of two producers of large power transformers in South Korea, in major antidumping administrative review proceedings in the United States.
Kelar power project, 2014
Representation of the lenders, including the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM), in the financing for the design, engineering, procurement, construction, ownership, operation and maintenance of an up to 517 MW combined-cycle gas power plant located in the Province of Antofagasta, Chile. This matter was named "Latam Power Deal of the Year" in Project Finance International's annual Year Book 2014.
KLPE petrochemical project, ongoing
Representation of KLPE, a joint venture consisting of LG Chem and United Chemicals Company with the proposed development and financing of a US$4 billion petrochemical project in Kazakhstan, including proposed financing from the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) and K-Sure. This was nominated for "Korea Deal of the Year" in the 2013 ALB Hong Kong Law Awards.
Oil refinery dispute, ongoing
Served as lead counsel for an Asian contractor in a US$1.4 billion ICC arbitration concerning a dispute with a state petroleum company arising out of the refurbishment and expansion of an oil refinery and pipelines.
Coway USA, 2014
Prevailed in a significant lawsuit in the Superior Court of California on behalf of Coway USA, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Coway Co., Ltd., one of Korea's largest makers of home wellness appliances.
LINE Plus Corporation, 2014
Representation of LINE Plus Corporation in relation to the acquisition of the worldwide business and assets of the digital music service known as "MixRadio" from Microsoft Mobile OY (formerly Nokia's handset business).
Power and desalination plant dispute, ongoing
Advising a major Korean contractor on a US$250 million ICC arbitration concerning the construction of a power and desalination plant in the Middle East involving claims for defects and delays.
South Korean security business, 2014
Representation of UBS Securities Pte. Ltd. in the KRW 360 billion mezzanine financing of The Carlyle Group's US$1.93 billion cash buyout of South Korean security business ADT Korea from Tyco International Ltd. The all-cash acquisition by The Carlyle Group is the largest private equity buyout deal in Korea since 2008. The deal won "South Korea Loan of the Year" at the IFR Asia Awards 2014.
Mobile application dispute, 2015
Advised a Korean multinational electronics company in a dispute with a Russia based software company that arose out of a services agreement for development of a mobile application. We were engaged to represent our client at the cassation stage of the dispute after the first instance and the appellate courts ruled in favor of the software company. During the cassation stage, we managed to negotiate an amicable settlement of the dispute.
Riyadh Metro project, ongoing
Representation of one of the consortia (comprising Samsung C&T, among others) mandated by the Riyadh Development Authority for construction of one of the packages of lines constituting the Riyadh Metro. The Riyadh Metro system is the largest public transport initiative currently under construction in the world.
Yamal liquid natural gas (LNG) project (required to withdraw due to Russian sanctions)
Representation of 13 export credit agencies and other bilateral lenders (including KEXIM and K-Sure) and a syndicate of commercial banks in the proposed financing of the multibillion US$ Yamal LNG project to be located on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia.
Samsung Electronics, 2013
Achieved a favorable result for Samsung Electronics against patent infringement claims brought upon by an inventor against several technology companies in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The judge threw out the inventor's claim involving payment related software.