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The firm: Kim & Chang is Korea's premier law firm and one of Asia's largest law firms. The successful track record of 'first-of-its-kind' and groundbreaking solutions to some of the largest and most complex transactions in Korea and around the world has set the firm apart since its founding in 1973. It is the market leader in all major practice areas and industries. Today, more than 1,400 professionals - both attorneys and other subject matter and industry experts - work collaboratively, in teams, to craft innovative solutions to clients' most difficult challenges.

Areas of practice: Kim & Chang's corporate department covers all aspects of commercial activities of business enterprises in the manufacturing and service sectors. The mergers and acquisitions group is widely recognised in Korea and throughout Asia as the best of its kind. The group advises clients on a full range of legal services relating to domestic and cross-border M&As from the initial stage of seeking an investment opportunity through to the final stage of closing the transactions, as well as the post-merger integration stage.

Kim & Chang has advised major local and international private equity firms in almost all of the largest private equity transactions in Korea. The private equity group features an integrated team of experts capable of providing one-stop legal advice to clients from investment structuring and investment vehicle formation to financing, M&A of investment targets and clawback of investment profits, among many others.

The antitrust and competition group is the oldest in Korea and has been advising the most number of clients from around the world in antitrust and competition law matters in Korea, having accumulated unmatched experience and know-how.

The banking and finance department provides specialised services for resolution of legal and regulatory issues faced by financial institutions and business enterprises. The group serves a wide spectrum of financial institutions, including banks, securities investment trusts companies, investment advisory companies, investment management companies, securities, investment advisory companies, future trading companies, credit card/instalment financing/leasing businesses, venture capital financing companies and insurance companies.

The intellectual property department provides a complete range of services to assist clients in acquiring, protecting and commercialising their IP rights. Major fields of expertise include chemistry, pharmacology, agrochemicals, genetic engineering, food processing, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, textile engineering, metallurgical engineering, civil engineering, materials science engineering, computer software, publications, audio and video rights, designs and trade marks.

The litigation and arbitration department is an expert in all of dispute resolution, including commercial and criminal cases. It is particularly well-recognised for its ability to assist in complex cases, as well as cases requiring a comprehensive, strategic approach to dispute resolution.

The tax department offers comprehensive tax representation covering day-to-day advice regarding the Korean tax system and its administration and extends to transactional tax planning, representing clients in connection with tax audits and tax disputes, transfer pricing, and the like.

  • Number of professionals: 1,400+
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Swedish
  • Chinese

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