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.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Ranked as a leading firm in Corporate/ M&A, Dispute Resolution and Projects & infrastructure in South Korea
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019
Best in Construction Law – Korea
Global Business Insight Awards 2018
Ranked as a leading firm in Corporate & M&A, International Arbitration and Projects & Energy in South Korea
Asia Pacific Legal 500 2017, 2018
Selected as one of the top 10 most preferred foreign law firms by in-house counsel based in Korea
Legal Times 2016, 2017
Most Responsive International Firm of the Year, South Korea - White & Case
South Korea: International Arbitration - Honorable Mention
Asian-MENA Counsel Firms of the Year 2016
Ranked as a leading firm in South Korea
Asia Pacific Legal 500 2016
US fraud litigation, ongoing
Representing a major Korean bank in a high stakes US litigation involving tens of millions of dollars based on business torts claims.
Korean automotive manufacturer, 2016
Represented a major Korean automotive manufacturer in a lawsuit brought in the United States by a Caribbean distributor.
Acquisition of Lafarge Halla Cement Corp, 2016
Represented Baring Private Equity Asia and its co-investor, Glenwood Private Equity, on the acquisition of Lafarge Halla Cement Corp., one of South Korea’s leading cement producers, from LafargeHolcim Ltd.
Acquisition of stake in Hyundai Card, ongoing
Represented Affinity Equity Partners and its co-investors comprised of GIC and AlpInvest on the acquisition of significant equity stake in Hyundai Card Co., Ltd.
Korean automotive parts manufacturer, 2016
Representation of Korea’s leading supplier of automotive parts in connection with an exclusive license arrangement with a U.S. designer and manufacturer of super-premium home and professional audio systems and components.
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.
Oil refinery dispute, 2015
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.
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.
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.