The economic ties between Korea and the United States, Europe and the rest of the world run deep and strong. To help Korean, US and multinational businesses pursue their domestic and global objectives, McDermott became one of the first Western law firms to establish a presence in Korea. The lawyers in our Seoul office, in cooperation with experienced partners from across the Firm, provide comprehensive legal advice to corporations, investors and individuals in all key legal disciplines.
In 2016, Chambers Global recognized McDermott's Seoul office as a leading firm in Corporate/M&A and as a top firm in Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Agents. The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2015 also recognized McDermott as a leading firm advising multinational corporations on their outbound commercial activities.
We have deep roots working with Korean businesses and government agencies. Members of our team have studied in Korea, speak the language fluently and have extensive, first-hand experience with the country’s traditional and emerging business, cultural and legal systems. We also have strong relationships with a network of leading law firms and professional-services firms in situ.
Members of our Seoul office and Korea practice are also well versed in the legal and business practices and traditions that prevail in New York, London, Paris and other commercial centers around the world. Drawing on our global training, experience and background, our professionals span the divide that too often separates Korean and non-Korean companies, and better smooth the path of complex transactions.
We provide counsel on a broad range of legal issues, including antitrust and competition, corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property prosecution and litigation, commercial litigation and arbitration, international trade, white-collar criminal defense, and compliance with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other relevant regulations. We advise businesses in numerous industries and have developed significant experience representing clients in the energy and life sciences sectors, in particular.
Corporate and Transactional