Korea

About

Backed by more than four decades' experience advising in Korea related matters, we opened an office in Seoul in 2015 to be close to our clients. Korean entities have relied on us for strategic and commercial solutions to their complex legal issues. Members of our multidisciplinary Korea practice—based in Seoul along with more than 30 lawyers located throughout the Firm's global network in New York, London, the Middle East, Australia and other important hubs—are deeply familiar with the needs of Korean clients, and they have strong ties in each of the markets where we practice.

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. Along with being entrusted on major deals and projects, we are called upon by Korean clients to secure their interests in bet-the-company disputes, and high-stakes investigations and trade matters.

In a sign of our commitment to the Korean market, we continually invest to develop foreign-trained Korean-speaking 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.

 

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Tier 1—Corporate and M&A in South Korea
Ranked as a leading firm in International Arbitration and Projects & Energy in South Korea
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2019

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

Selected as one of the top 10 most preferred foreign law firms by in-house counsel based in Korea
Legal Times since 2016

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

Experience

Mason Capital LP and Mason Management LLC v. Republic of Korea 
Representation of Korea in an arbitration arising out of Mason's shareholding in two companies of the Samsung group.

Schindler Holding AG v. Republic of Korea
Representation of Korea in an arbitration arising out of Schindler's investment in Hyundai Elevators.

Offshore wind projects
Representation of an international investor on the development of its offshore wind projects in Korea.

UzGTL
Representation of nine ECA/IFI lenders, including Korean lenders, as well as commercial and Islamic banks in connection with the groundbreaking 38,000-ton-per-day diesel and naphtha GTL project in Uzbekistan for the domestic and international markets.

LNG pricing arbitration
Representation of an Asian energy company in an UNCITRAL LNG pricing arbitration.

US fraud litigation
Representation of a major Korean bank in a high stakes US litigation involving tens of millions of dollars based on business torts claims.

FRSU financing
Representation of the Export-Import Bank of Korea in the acquisition financing of an FSRU by a Turkish gas company supported by a repayment guaranty issued by the Turkish government.

Acquisition of stake in Hyundai Card
Representation of Affinity Equity Partners and its co-investors comprised of GIC and AlpInvest on the acquisition of significant equity stake in Hyundai Card Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Motor's investments
Representation of Hyundai Motor Company on multiple investments in start-up companies in the United States and Europe including Ionic Materials, Metawave, Perceptive Automata, Migo and Wayray.

Power and desalination plant dispute 
Advising a major Korean contractor on a US$300 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 
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.

Samsung Electronic's acquisition of Zhilabs
Representation of Samsung Electronics, the world's largest smartphone maker, in its acquisition of Zhilabs, a Spanish network data analysis operator.