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White & Case LLP (Foreign Legal Consultant Office)
31F ONE IFC
10 GUKJEGEUMYUNG-RO
YEONGDEUNGPO-GU, SEOUL 07326
South Korea

Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 2

At White & Case LLP (Foreign Legal Consultant Office)Ji Hoon Hong recently took over as the corporate and M&A practice head from outgoing partner Kyungseok Kim, who moved to Arnold & Porter. The firm fields a team of more than 20 Korean-speaking lawyers in South Korea, Japan, the US, the UK and Belgium. Also notable is that the Seoul-based group works closely with a group based in the Hong Kong office, which was strengthened by the arrival of four private equity partners from Ropes & Gray LLP. In Seoul, counsel Sarah Park joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP and associate Younghee Chung arrived from Ropes & Gray LLP. The firm's ability to work across offices make it a strong choice for South Korean conglomerates seeking advice on outbound investment transactions. Associate Kyle Oh has been assisting Hyundai Motor Corporation with multiple investments in start-up companies in the US and Europe. Oh also worked with the Madrid office to assist Samsung Electronics with the acquisition of Spain-based Zhilabs. Elsewhere, the group also generates work from a sizeable base of global private equity clients, including Baring Private Equity Asia, Standard Chartered Private Equity and Affinity Equity Partners.

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Corporation

Samsung Electronics Co. Limited

LS Cable & System

LG International

Baring Private Equity Asia

Standard Chartered Private Equity

Affinity Equity Partners

International arbitration Tier 2

At White & Case LLP (Foreign Legal Consultant Office), construction-related arbitrations (particularly those arising from energy and infrastructure projects) are a pillar of the firm's work. Its strengths in this space were bolstered by the hire of David Robertson to the London office from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP as part of a wider expansion of its Asia Pacific dispute resolution practice. Robertson focuses on acting for North Asian (particularly South Korean) clients, and has a wealth of experience acting as counsel in arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, DIAC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. Another name to note is Mark Goodrich, whose practice is split between the London and Seoul offices. In addition to construction, Goodrich's expertise also includes disputes involving areas such as shipbuilding and mining. Elsewhere in the global network, Paul Friedland and Damien Nyer (who are both based in New York) are leading the advice to the Republic of Korea as the respondent on an investor-state arbitration under UNCITRAL rules, which arose from Schindler’s investment in Hyundai Elevators. Friedland, Nyer and others are also representing the same client at an UNCITRAL arbitration over claims brought by Mason Capital in relation to the 2015 merger between Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries. Matthew Secomb in Singapore is another key figure. Jun Hee Kim and James Lee moved to Arnold & Porter.

Key clients

Ministry of Justice, Republic of Korea

Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 2

White & Case LLP (Foreign Legal Consultant Office) welcomed project financing expert and counsel Sarah Park to Seoul, where she relocated from Shearman & Sterling LLP's Singapore office. Park now co-leads the Korean project development and financing practice alongside key practitioner Ji Hoon Hong, having established a strong record of representing major Korean ECAs and banks in this space. Besides regular instructions from such clients, the group is beginning to attract a growing client base of private equity houses and private equity funds. Recent highlights saw the firm advise Korean parties on outbound investments into oil & gas projects in the middle east and Asia and power projects in Asia and Africa.

Key clients

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-Sure)

The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM)

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Department Name Email Telephone
Construction Mark Goodrich
Corporate: mergers and acquisitions Won Sun Jung
Energy, infrastructure, project finance Sarah E. Park
Energy, infrastructure, project finance Ji Hoon Hong
International arbitration Mark Goodrich
Private equity Won Sun Jung
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 Mark Goodrich  photo Mark Goodrich
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White & Case is an international law firm that serves companies, governments and financial institutions. Our long history as a global firm means we are uniquely placed to help our clients resolve their most complex legal challenges wherever they are.

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Chairman Hugh Verrier