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  • Overseas Investment

    As Korean companies mature, they look to expand to overseas markets. But regulation of commerce and investments in the global marketplace has become increasingly complex. Navigating without the assistance of experienced counsel can be difficult and fraught with financial dangers. Our Overseas Investment team provides clients with effective legal services related to international business expansion, incorporation, real estate acquisition and development, joint ventures and M&As by utilizing our wealth of experience and our broad overseas network.

    Clients recognize us for our tactical approach to complex transactional issues and seek out our ability to quickly grasp laws and regulations pertaining to their overseas investments and apply this knowledge for our clients’ practical use. Communication is another hallmark of our team. Many of our professionals are bilingual, with fluency in English, Japanese, Chinese, German and Spanish. The Overseas Investment team includes attorneys with overseas training, capable of handling intricate overseas transactions due to their legal experience abroad. In addition to the transactional aspects of overseas investments, we are able to fully handle litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings that arise in connection with our clients’ overseas investments.

    Unique to an international law firm based in Seoul, Lee International has an extensive network of close contacts in many countries outside of Korea. A number of our professionals have key contacts in the governments, financial and legal service sectors, and business communities in other parts of Asia, North America, Europe, Australia and South America. We are able to provide a focused network and wealth of overseas resources to our clients to better ensure their long term success with overseas investments.

    Lee International has long been the firm of choice for many Korean conglomerates and multinational corporations to coordinate legal aspects of their overseas investments. We believe that individualized attention to our clients’ businesses and our ability to provide a broad range of legal services directly relating to their overseas investments distinguishes Lee International from other firms in Korea.

     

    Services

    • Assist with the establishment of foreign investment strategies.
    • Operate as a liaison with local authorities of foreign countries to enhance effective communication.
    • Assist with the selection of local law firms in foreign countries.
    • Act as a liaison between clients and local law firms in foreign countries.
    • Participate in due diligence for investment in foreign countries.
    • Prepare and negotiate a wide variety of commercial and financial agreements concerning foreign investments.

     

    Representative Work

    • Advised a Korean real estate investment trust company on the acquisition of commercial real estate located in Manila, Philippines (Total deal amount: approximately USD 100 million).
    • Advised a Korean company manufacturing electronic parts on the establishment of a factory in Shenzhen, China (Total deal amount: approximately USD 23 million).
    • Advised a Korean electronics company on the establishment of a subsidiary and a factory in Los Angeles, California, USA.
    • Advised a Korean pharmaceutical company on the establishment of a factory in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
    • Advised a Korean glass manufacturing company on the establishment of a joint venture company and a subsidiary in Hong Kong (Total deal amount: approximately USD 45 million).
    • Advised a Korean real estate investment trust company on the establishment of a subsidiary in Hong Kong.
    • Advised a Korean video game company (one of the major conglomerates in Korea) on the acquisition of a Taiwanese video game company (Investment amount: USD 78 million).
    • Advised a Korean food company (one of the major conglomerates in Korea) on the investment in factories in Indonesia and Mexico.
    • Advised a Korean construction company (one of the major conglomerates in Korea) on the investment of USD 300 million in Malaysia.
    • Advised a Korean clothing company on the investment in a snakeskin-fabric manufacturing company in Bali, Indonesia.
    • Advised a Korean construction company (one of the major conglomerates in Korea) on the investment of USD 175 million in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
    • Advised a major company in Korea on the acquisition of a diamond mine in Guinea.
    • Advised a Korean electronics company (one of the major conglomerates in Korea) on investment in a Hollywood film..

    Key Contacts

    Sung-Eun Stephan Kim Ghil-Won Jo
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