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Latham & Watkins LLP
South Korea

Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP is a first port of call for the largest and most active sponsors and lenders in Korea and further afield in Asia, for whom it handles their largest and most complex project finance transactions, as well as development work.  Its international reach makes it a strong choice for multijurisdictional mandates. Seoul office managing partner Joseph Bevash has more than 25 years of experience of project finance transactions in Asia. Working with practitioners in the London office, Bevash is assisting the sponsors (including Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and Mitsui & Co) with the development and financing of a groundbreaking integrated upstream and midstream gas and LNG project in the Republic of Mozambique. In another matter, Bevash and Sungjin Kang acted for the lenders in relation to the Duqm Refinery Project in Oman.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Bevash

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM)

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-sure)

Korea Midland Power Company Ltd.

Samtan Co. Ltd

Daelim Energy Co., Ltd

Korea Southern Power Co. Ltd

Korea Development Bank

Asian Development Bank

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Mitsui & Co



PT Pertamina (Persero)

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP's track record of advising companies active in Korea dates back nearly twenty years. Led by office managing partner Joseph Bevash, the Seoul team works closely with practitioners across the global network to cover the gamut of issues on cross-border matters; the Korea practice firm-wide comprises of more than 40 lawyers. The group acts for Korean companies on outbound investments, M&A and capital raising. In addition, it has a wealth of experience assisting many of the largest international investors with their inbound activities in Korea. Since opening a foreign legal consultancy office in Seoul in 2016, the firm has successfully won mandates from clients in industries such as automotive, electronics, energy, financial institutions, life sciences and semiconductors, among others. In 2018, Wonsuk (Steve) Kang worked with practitioners based in Hong Kong to advise the Carlyle Group on its $2.75bn sale of ADT Caps to a consortium led by SK Telecom and Macquarie’s Korean Opportunities Fund. Sungjin Kang and counsel Ji-Hyun Helena Kim are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Bevash

Other key lawyers:

Wonsuk (Steve) Kang; Sungjin Kang; Ji-Hyun Helena Kim

Key clients

Morgan Stanley

Hanwha Group

The Carlyle Group

Vingroup Joint Stock Company

The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s globally integrated platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham attorneys offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex commercial matters.

Asia practice: Businesses and investors seeking innovative solutions to their most complex corporate, financial, regulatory and litigation challenges turn to Latham in Asia for strategic thinking and experienced counsel. Latham has extensive experience advising on the international aspects of a broad range of corporate and finance transactions for clients across the region, notably Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. With more than 150 lawyers operating from six offices in Asia, Latham provides clients in the region and clients looking to do business in Asia with expert advice under US, English, Hong Kong, Japanese and Singapore law. Latham’s deep roots in the financial and economic markets in the region are further strengthened by the firm’s local language capabilities.

Latham continues to receive awards and acclaim from a number of leading financial and legal publications for landmark and precedent-setting deals.

Areas of practice: The firm’s Asia practice has received considerable market recognition for its involvement in many of the most important single-country and in-region, inbound and outbound cross-border transactions. The team has extensive experience across numerous practices, including: project development and finance (particularly in the areas of infrastructure, energy and natural resources); banking and acquisition finance; M&A; private equity; restructurings; privatisations; debt and equity capital markets; general company representation; foreign direct investment; commercial litigation and arbitration (with a particular focus on contentious insolvencies, securities and shareholder disputes); white-collar and government investigations; antitrust and competition; and technology, media and commercial transactions.

Latham & Watkins has advised companies active in Korea for nearly two decades. Lawyers in Latham & Watkins’ Seoul office provide high-quality, strategic legal advice and representation to Korean and international companies, government agencies and financial institutions in the country and across the world. The firm serves key players in the Korean market in diverse industries, including the automotive, banking, communications, electronics, energy, information technology, life sciences and semiconductor sectors. The bilingual lawyers in Latham’s Seoul office work in concert with international colleagues, including more than 40 lawyers active in the firm’s Korea practice globally. Through the firm’s seamless collaboration across offices, Latham & Watkins provides clients in Korea easy access to the experience and innovative advice of more than 2,400 Latham lawyers around the world.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition
Banking, leveraged and structured finance
Capital markets
Financial regulatory
Foreign direct investment
International dispute resolution
Technology transactions
Private equity
Project development and finance
Public company representation
Restructuring, insolvency and workouts
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Mr Sungjin Kang  photo Mr Sungjin Kang Counsel
Number of lawyers : more than 2,400
in Asia : 120+