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South Korea

Our Firm has decades of experience servicing Korean clients, offering a unique one-stop service for both our Korean clients entering into the North America market and our Canadian clients entering Korea. Through the meaningful connections fostered by our Asia Group team with Korean-based stakeholders, we deliver unmatched services and value to our clients, to further grow our global network and expand our reach. We offer significant and extensive industry expertise and relationships, and with seamless collaboration between our teams across all of our offices, practices areas and local counsel across the globe, McCarthy Tétrault helps clients achieve success.

LINKING CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

  • Our team has a thorough understanding of the business culture and decision-making process of our Korean clients, enabling us to provide practical and strategic advice when executing both inbound and outbound legal transactions. Our lawyers have access to the most relevant and current news and information to stay up-to-date with the ever-changing Korean market.
  • Clients benefit from our global network and important connections with local counsel and companies alike. These relationships with key stakeholders allow our team to bridge geographic barriers and ensure our commitment to achieve borderless client service.
  • Our team also includes several legal and services professionals who are fluent in Korean. 

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE

McCarthy Tétrault has an extensive track record of representing Korean clients,  in addition to domestic and foreign clients doing business with Korean companies in complex, large-scale, international matters. Our team has represented clients across a wide range of industry sectors, including:

Financial Services: We offer more knowledge and expertise than any other law firm in this area. Members of our group are routinely ranked as top Canadian practice by leading national and international legal directories. Clients value our leadership, breadth and depth of expertise in key service areas such as regulatory advice, capital transactions, structured transactions, cross-border credit or derivative products, mergers & acquisitions, financial asset sales and acquisitions, and policy.

Power and Infrastructure: Our team is widely considered as a market leader in providing legal support in these industries. We are frequently engaged in the Korean market and have experience leading our Korean clients’ most significant transactions and complex projects. As a compelling component of our Power practice, McCarthy Tétrault is Canada’s leading law firm advising on renewable energy projects in Canada and abroad.

  • Renewable Energy: We have advised significant Korean-based clients in many aspects of renewable power project development and financing, including energy regulation, grid inter-connection, real estate assembly and site-use planning, power purchase arrangements, construction and long-term financing, permitting and environmental, insurance, construction contracts, turbine supply contracts, tax structuring, joint venture and warranty arrangements.

Technology, Manufacturing and Retail: We have routinely undertaken the widest range of leading-edge technology transactions across industry sectors for Korean-based clients, including: software, hardware, e-commerce, FinTech, aeronautics, biotechnology, life sciences, IT services, data management and security. Similarly, we act for an array of players in the space from large and small technology developers, manufacturers and vendors to the major corporations. Our clients also comprise of financial institutions and private/public partnerships that use and distribute technology or purchase enterprise-wide licensing agreements and mission-critical systems.

Our team also boasts significant M&A experience, particularly in advising Korean clients in acquiring or investing in Canadian businesses. Our M&A Group specializes in advising clients on the largest and most innovative deals. We have knowledge and expertise in every type of M&A transaction and played a principal role acting for every type of transaction participant, having advised extensively in mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and partnerships.

RELEVANT KOREAN EXPERIENCE

  • Aptose Biosciences Inc. in its license agreement with CrystalGenomics Inc., a South Korean biopharmaceutical company, for rights to CG-806
  • Natixis, New York Branch in the C$184 million refinancing and consolidation of credit facilities in connection with the Glenarm, GoldLight and Illumination solar power projects in Ontario
  • Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. in its:
    • sale of its interest in Southgate Solar LP to Connor, Clark & Lunn Southgate Investment II Limited Partnership
    • sale to CC&L of the 100 megawatt Sol-luce power solar generation project in Kingston, Ontario
    • announcement with Pattern Energy Group LP of the start of construction of the 270 MW South Kent Wind project in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • Windsor Essex Mobility Group GP in connection with a C$207 million senior project refinancing
  • S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. in its indirect sale of Fruits & Passion Boutiques Inc., Fruits & Passion Immobilier Inc. and 3390306 Canada Inc. to TheFaceShop Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate LG Household & Health Care
  • Hynix Semiconductor in its defence of class actions involving allegations of price fixing for Dynamic Random Access Memory