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Hyewon has experience in corporate matters that extends across advising clients on outbound transactions as well as representing clients in U.S. litigations and international arbitrations when in dispute. On the transaction side, Hyewon focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and general corporate matters. On the disputes side, Hyewon represents clients in high-stakes cases involving shareholder disputes, busted deals, disputes arising from foreign investments, and various other complex cross-border transactions. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Hyewon practiced at a leading international arbitration boutique where she represented clients in cross-border disputes and provided advice on the underlying transactions prior to, after or as an alternative to the dispute resolution. She has also previously served as corporate counsel for a multinational Korean conglomerate and a digital asset exchange where she advised on a wide range of corporate matters.

Concentrations

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and partnerships
  • International arbitration
  • Litigation
  • Cryptocurrency

Capabilities

Experience

  • Advising a Korean company and a group of investors in their proposed acquisition of a majority stake in a Nasdaq listed New York company.
  • Advising a Korean company in its investments in and collaborative partnership with a Scotland company.
  • Advising a Korean company in its investments in a German company.
  • Advised a major Korean insurance conglomerate on corporate restructuring project involving mutual funds and limited partnerships across Cayman Islands, BVI, and Delaware.°
  • Advised on Myanmar-Korea BIT as it relates to Myanmar’s new foreign currency conversion policy.°
  • Advised on outbound investments, mergers & acquisitions, and exit deals involving U.S. and Southeast Asian target companies as corporate counsel.°
  • Advised on post-M&A integration and corporate restructuring for U.S. entities as corporate counsel.°
  • Advised on global joint venture expansion of a major Korean cryptocurrency exchange in seven jurisdictions as corporate counsel.°
  • Advised on government licenses for the operation of cryptocurrency exchanges as corporate counsel.°
  • Representing a Korean joint venture consortium in ICC arbitration seated in Singapore.
  • Represented a major Korean retail company in JCAA arbitration seated in Japan involving a shareholders dispute with a claimed amount of approximately $1.5 billion. Defended all claims relating to the right of first refusal, call option, and damages for breach of a Joint Venture Agreement.°
  • Represented Korea-based asset management unit before the Delaware Chancery Court for an expediated trial concerning a busted deal involving a $5.8 billion acquisition of a 15-hotel portfolio in the United States. The Korean client received a full refund of its deposit, plus interest, and damages for all expenses incurred in the transaction and the litigation. This case is precedential and the first ever in the United States to rule on the topic of ordinary course covenant in times of the COVID-19 pandemic.°
  • Represented Korea-based asset management unit before the Delaware Supreme Court concerning an appeal against the judgment of Delaware Chancery Court involving a busted deal for a $5.8 billion acquisition of a 15-hotel portfolio in the United States. Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the holding below in an en banc.°
  • Represented a government agency in U.S. federal litigation before the Eastern District of Virginia.°
  • Represented the Korean government in an investor-state arbitration involving Iranian investors.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Lee prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, District of Columbia Bar, 2017

Credentials

Education
  • LL.M., Regent University School of Law, 2016
  • Master of Laws, magna cum laude, Handong International Law School, 2016
    • Senior Editor, Law Review
    • Editor-in-Chief, The Hilsian
  • B.A., Ewha Womans University, 2013
    • Dean's List Scholarships
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
As a Foreign Legal Consultant Office, the practice in Seoul is limited to legal advice regarding U.S. law, treaties with the U.S., and universally recognized customary international law. We may not render legal advice on Korean law matters.
Languages
  • English, Native
  • Korean, Native