Since establishing a “foreign legal consultant office” in Seoul* in 2012 following the opening of the Korean legal market, O’Melveny has ranked among the most active international law firms in the country, representing clients in sectors such as antitrust investigation, patent litigation, and mergers and acquisitions.
Indeed, our Seoul office was a natural outgrowth of the important work we handle for our Korean clients, providing us the space and technology to connect them with O’Melveny attorneys around the world. From defending Korean clients in high-stakes, US-based “make or break” intellectual property or class action litigation to navigating global antitrust and competition issues involving Korean parties to sophisticated M&A, restructurings, financings, and other corporate transactions in the Korea market, O’Melveny’s team offers the dedicated resources, deep experience, and breadth of service to achieve important goals for our clients, which include some of the most high-profile companies in Korea.
Renowned Korea practitioners Youngwook Shin and YongSang Kim are residents of the Seoul office. Hong Kong-based Jae Wan Chi is bringing unique experience and wisdom from decades of experience as in-house counsel at one of the world’s largest companies. Los Angeles-based partner Joseph Kim, Chair of O’Melveny’s Korea Practice, oversees the Korea practice and works closely with Seoul office attorneys as well as many other O’Melveny attorneys who work on Korea-related matters.
* The Seoul office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP is a foreign legal consultant office approved by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Korea. Under the Foreign Legal Consultant Act of Korea, our Seoul office is only allowed to provide legal advice with respect to US law, with respect to treaties of which the United States is a party, and with respect to universally recognized customary international law. Our Seoul office is allowed to represent clients in international arbitration cases unless US law is not applicable. We work in cooperation with a number of Korean law firms. Should you require a legal opinion with respect to any Korean law matter, we would be happy to assist you in obtaining one from a Korean firm.