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White & Case opens Seoul office

'Asia is a strategically important region for the firm,' says Hugh Verrier

11 August 2015

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White & Case has announced today the opening of its office in Seoul, South Korea.

The news comes more than 20 years after it first established its Korea practice.

"Asia is a strategically important region for the firm," said Hugh Verrier, chair of White & Case.

"We've had an active Korea practice for many years, and now the office in Seoul will allow us to provide on-the-ground support for our clients in their complex, cross-border work."

More than 20 international law firms currently have a presence in South Korea, although less than half have an office in the jurisdiction.

Among these, Allen & Overy recently confirmed its intention to open an office in South Korea.

White & Case's office will be headed by James K Lee, who leads the Korea practice group and will relocate to Seoul from Los Angeles.

Lee specialises in complex cross-border commercial litigation and has been working with Korean clients for more than 15 years.

He will be joined initially by Mark Goodrich, a construction practice group partner in London who will be transferring to Seoul, and Kyungseok Kim, who recently joined the firm as a partner in the global M&A practice.

"We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new office in Seoul," said Eric Berg, head of the firm's Asia practice.

"This allows us to provide local support with UK and US law capability for our Korean clients, which include a broad spectrum of organisations and government agencies. It is a natural next step for the firm."

The establishment of the firm's onshore presence in Korea marks its seventh office in Asia and its 39th globally.

The office is expected to enable the firm to better support longstanding project finance clients, as well as to broaden its role in advising on M&A, private equity, commercial litigation and international arbitration matters.




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