Firm Profile > Clifford Chance > Seoul , South Korea

Clifford Chance
SEOUL 100-210
South Korea

Projects and energy: foreign firms Tier 2

Singapore-based partner Nicholas Wong is a key contact for the pan-Asian projects and energy team at Clifford Chance. The relocation of counsel Bong-Sang Cho to the firm's Seoul office from London in January 2019 has further bolstered it's relationship with Korean export credit agencies and banks such as The Export-Import Bank of Korea and Korea Development Bank. Cho boasts prior experience of a years' secondment to the former company and was involved as a lead practitioner on many of the firm's recent highlights. Outbound project finance is a core focus of the group, which handles mandates involving projects in coal-generated power, solar power, transportation, hydropower and petrochemicals.

Capital markets: foreign firms Tier 3

Following the departure of the former Seoul office head Hyun Kim in March 2019, Clifford Chance LLP's capital markets department is now led by Hong Kong-based partner Richard Lee. Lee works with a pool of 28 non-partner practitioners across the firm's broader pan-Asian offering to deliver services to a varied client base comprised of Korean banks, international investment banks and corporations and public entities based in Korea. The firm has a robust track record of handling mandates involving creative hybrid structures across spanning debt and equity capital markets. Some core areas of focus include debt issuance programmes, high-yield bonds, public security offerings and private placements.

International arbitration Tier 3

Clifford Chance's Korean disputes practice is led by Hong-Kong based partner Thomas Walsh, whose arrival in 2014 from Herbert Smith Freehills has facilitated the growth of the practice. Also located in Hong Kong is Ling Ho, who is leading the advice to a Korean shipbuilding company (as the claimant) on a dispute with a Russian shipyard; this matter has arisen from the shipyard using technology, designs and know-how provided by the client for an unauthorised project. Elsewhere in the global network, Paul Sandosham in Singapore has a strong track record assisting Korean clients with construction-related arbitrations. In addition, he is also known for his work in areas such as power, oil and gas, natural resources and commodities. Kelvin Teo works closely with Sandosham to assist Korean clients with Singapore-related arbitrations. Other key practitioners are Paris-based Jason Fry, who is a global co-head of the firm's international arbitration group, and Alex Panayides in London. Dubai-based partner James Abbott, who heads up the construction disputes practice in the Middle East, is another name to note.

The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken: Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh

Number of partners : 550
Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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