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Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Foreign Legal Consultant Office
23F, Seoul Finance Center
136 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu
Seoul 04520
South Korea
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Overview

Attorneys in Greenberg Traurig's Seoul office advise Korean, U.S., and other international clients with respect to both inbound and outbound matters. Our attorneys have decades of experience in areas including intellectual property litigation, commercial litigation, international arbitration, investments, tax, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, antitrust, restructuring and reorganizations, international trade, structured products, and regulatory and commercial law.

Our office serves as a point of access to opportunities in Korea and other parts of Asia, and our Korean-speaking attorneys are acutely familiar with Korea’s business, culture, and legal and regulatory systems. We have strong relationships with established Korean law firms and other professional services firms to support dispute resolution and other commercial matters throughout Korea.

Representative Transactions

Litigation:

  • A consumer electronics company in patent infringement suits concerning its e-commerce pay platform.
  • A consumer electronics company in patent infringement suits concerning ambient light correction for displays and a multi-load time sharing driver for backlight displays.
  • Hyundai Mobis, a car parts company, in product liability suits in Georgia and Louisiana courts concerning alleged defect in airbag products.
  • KT Engcore against ASI Computer Technologies in California state court for breach of contract and obtained a $32 million complete jury verdict after a five-week trial.
  • Optrontec, an optical filter company, in an ITC investigation brought by Viavi Solutions concerning 3D optical filters and sensors systems used in cellphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

International Arbitration:

  • Korean construction companies in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore relating to a multi-million USD commercial payment dispute concerning a refinery project in the Middle East.
  • Korean government-controlled public utilities company in an international arbitration dispute against a foreign government.

Capital Markets:

  • Big Hit Entertainment (currently, HYBE) in connection with its US$827 million initial public offering on the Korea Exchange – the largest IPO in Korea in 2020.
  • Citigroup and Morgan Stanley as underwriters in connection with the US$793 million initial public offering of SK Biopharmaceuticals on the Korea Exchange.
  • LG Display in connection with its offering of US$687.8 million 1.50% convertible bonds.
  • Citigroup as underwriter in connection with the US$345 million initial public offering of Hanwha Systems on the Korea Exchange.
  • KEB Hana Bank in connection with the establishment of its US$5 billion global covered bond program and inaugural offering of EUR500 million 0.010% social covered bonds.
  • Hanwha Energy USA, d/b/a 174 Power Global, as issuer, and The Korea Development Bank, as guarantor, in connection with an offering of US$300 million 2.375% green bonds.

Mergers & Acquisitions:

  • Momentive Performance Materials in its acquisition of the silicones business from KCC Corporation.
  • Hanwha Systems in its strategic investment in Kymeta Corporation, a developer of satellite communication systems.
  • Hanwha Systems in its acquisition of the businesses and assets of Phasor Solutions Limited, a developer of satellite communications antenna system.
  • SJL PartnersKCC Corporation, and Wonik Holdings in connection with their US$3.1 billion acquisition of MPM Holdings (Momentive), a leading global specialty chemicals and materials company.

 
Contact Us

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∞Greenberg Traurig's Seoul office is operated by Greenberg Traurig LLP Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Greenberg Traurig LLP Foreign Legal Consultant Office is a foreign legal consultant office approved by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea. Under the Foreign Legal Consultant Act of Korea, Greenberg Traurig’s Seoul office is only allowed to provide legal advice with respect to US law, with respect to treaties of which the United States is a party, and with respect to universally recognized customary international law. As a Foreign Legal Consultant Office, we may not render legal advice on Korean law matters. Our Seoul office is allowed to represent clients in international arbitration cases when US law is applicable.