Korea Practice

With offices in Seoul and a global network of Korean-fluent lawyers, we provide comprehensive legal services to Korean clients on cross-border transactions and disputes. We also advise global clients active in Korea.

Why Latham

We regularly advise Korean corporations across industries, from automotive to technology to financial services, on sector-defining M&A transactions, including multibillion-dollar acquisitions and joint ventures. We also advise major global private equity firms with Korean portfolio companies on key transactions and other strategic matters.

Our Korea capital markets team brings exceptional experience advising on the full spectrum of debt and equity transactions, including high-yield debt issuances. We regularly advise on both US-registered and unregistered offerings, drawing on a comprehensive understanding of the Korean market from extensive experience working with companies operating in the region.

Drawing on impressive experience with major projects, Latham advises on energy and infrastructure project finance and development with a nexus in Korea.

We also represent clients facing high-stakes disputes, class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, and sensitive investigations.

Because of Latham’s local presence in Seoul, strong working relationships with top local law firms, ability to connect clients to Latham’s powerful global platform, and track record advising major Korean and global companies and investment banks across the region, we offer clients robust advice and counsel, whether they are in Korea or anywhere else in the world.

One Asia

Lauded as the “Most Innovative Firm in the Asia-Pacific” by the Financial Times, our diverse Asia team connects clients in the financial services, infrastructure, energy, media, and technology industries to world-class legal services in the region and to the full complement of Latham lawyers around the globe.

Awards & Rankings

  • Firm Named as Leading Foreign Law Firm for Korean Work - December 09, 2021
  • Latham & Watkins Advises on 11 Groundbreaking Deals in Asia - May 23, 2018
  • Firm Honored at Euromoney’s 2017 Asia Women in Business Law Awards - November 20, 2017
  • Latham & Watkins Takes the Top Slot in Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards - June 11, 2015
  • Financial Times Ranks Latham & Watkins Among Most Innovative Law Firms in Asia-Pacific - June 12, 2014

“Frequently works on cross-border investments acting for Korean clients on outbound transactions around the world, as well as advising foreign clients on inbound deals. Key areas of expertise include the energy and banking sectors. This team is part of a wide-reaching global network.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016

News

Latham Advises Underwriters on The Export-Import Bank of Korea’s US$3 Billion Issuance of SEC-Registered Green BondsFirm Named as Leading Foreign Law Firm for Korean WorkLatham & Watkins Assists Hyundai Motor Group in Securing CFIUS Clearance

Thought Leadership

Expansive Korean Anti-Corruption Law Comes into ForceXe-Pian Plants a MilestoneKorea Issuers in the Global Markets: The Seoul Roundtables