DLA Piper > Seoul, South Korea > Firm Profile

DLA Piper
SEOUL 04539
South Korea

South Korea > Corporate and M&A: foreign firms Tier 3

Acting for public and private companies that range from multinational enterprises to emerging companies, DLA Piper has a diverse client list which also includes banks, venture capital and private equity houses, pension funds and other financial institutions. It advises on the full range of corporate matters and has significant cross-border M&A experience, with the ‘superb’ Daniel Lee as the country managing partner in Korea. DK Donghyun Kim handles a wide range of cross-border projects involving corporate, technology, energy and construction sectors. Theresa Huh and Ted Yi are also recommended, with Huh taking on SEC filing compliance and other general corporate matters. Based in Hong Kong, Luke Gannon is the firm’s corporate head in Asia.

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‘DLA has put together a team composed of proper number of senior and junior attorneys. Their operation of the team was efficient and cost effective. ’

‘I was impressed by the commitment of managing partner (Daniel Lee) to get the project concluded properly and efficiently. He is always prompt in responding to client’s requests. He is also striving to make sure client’s needs are taken care of. I believe his in-house experience puts him in a unique position to understand the corporate clients’ needs better than anyone.’

‘DK Kim – he is the main contact point between DLA Korea and our firm. He pays keen attention to deals and provides timely advice. Specifically, he works very diligently, in that he works over all time zones required for the client. Our team never had problems with reaching out to him.’

‘Theresa Huh understands our project details and what we are in need of. She is also very easy to communicate as she, like Mr. Kim, is reachable anytime even in the weekends. With her attentiveness, she pays attention to every detail and prevents possible problems in advance.’

‘DLA Piper is one of the best firms I have ever worked with. The lawyers are highly knowledgeable and familiar with international litigation matters in Korea. They fully understand our needs and provide us with the best legal advice, that’s why we keep going back to them.’

‘Ted Yi did an excellent job managing his legal team and advised us on an effective legal strategy. He is a very capable and highly experienced lawyer in his fields of specialization.’

‘Daniel Lee is a superb lawyer with a great deal of experience in every aspect of business.’

‘Attorneys at DLA advised and contributed Private Equity Fund contracts closing. Especially regarding negotiation of LPA terms and conditions, Subscription doc and Side letters. We are able to get prompt answers from DLA. most of cases, We are satisfied with DLA’s legal service. ’

Key clients

Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd.

Korean Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation (KIND)


Work highlights

  • Representing Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd. and Korean Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation in connecting with an equity financing of Grupa Azoty’s Polimery Police polypropylene project.
  • Advising POSCO, one of the largest steel maker and mining investor, with the potential acquisition of 30% of the Ravensthorpe Nickel Project (“Project”) in Western Australia for $240m.

Global co-chairs: Frank W. Ryan and Andrew Darwin
Co-chief executive officers: Simon Levine and Frank W. Ryan
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

DLA Piper has a leading pro bono practice, providing over 200,000 hours’ worth of legal support annually to charities, NGOs, governments in least developed countries and vulnerable individuals around the world. We are one of the largest providers of pro bono legal services globally. Our thriving practice provides support for aforementioned organisations on a wide range of areas that are critical to their missions. This includes research, legal advice and strategic counsel. The global team works collaboratively to ensure a global impact on our key strategic focus areas including: forcible displacement, statelessness, gender-based violence, climate justice, and good governance.

In the Asia Pacific region, we deliver cutting edge pro bono programs. This includes our Know Your Rights Program, focused on fostering legal empowerment for migrants and refugees, and delivering practical legal skills programs to students in developing Pacific Island Nations. We also advise on gender based violence through our partnership with the RainLily Clinic (Hong Kong) and the Refugee Legal Family Violence Clinic (Australia).

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