Our Korea Experience
Active in the region for nearly twenty years, Simpson Thacher remains the top choice among many clients for Korea-related transactions. We have amassed an impressive track record in Korea and are an established market leader, having represented multinational Korean corporations, banks and financial institutions and other clients in many of the recent landmark transactions in Korea.
Simpson Thacher opened an office in Seoul, Korea in October 2012.
The Firm's Korea Practice has garnered recognition from notable legal publications, including top rankings in Chambers Asia-Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for the last several years. In 2012, the Firm was named “South Korea International Law Firm of the Year” at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards. Simpson Thacher was also the only international law firm ranked in “Band 1” by Chambers for both Corporate/M&A and Capital Markets categories in Korea.
Simpson Thacher's Korea practice is active in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments, both public and private, inbound and outbound. The practice is well-balanced in providing legal services to issuers and underwriters, purchasers, sellers, lenders and financial and strategic investors alike. The Firm has participated in over 150 mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions in Korea since the Asian financial crisis of 1998, making the Firm one of the premier international law firms during this period. As a result of this work, Simpson Thacher is very familiar with the legal, business, financial and regulatory issues that are unique to Korean companies and has accumulated the know-how to resolve them. The Firm is also active in litigation and other dispute resolution matters on behalf of Korean and other clients in their matters involving Korea.
The Firm's Korean team consists of more than ten lawyers, all of whom are completely bilingual in Korean and English, fully dedicated to work on Korean transactions and culturally attuned and understand the local environment.