Latham & Watkins to open Seoul office

Latham & Watkins is laying the groundwork for a South Korea launch, filing an application for a foreign legal consultant office and signing a lease for office space in the Yeouido financial district.

Sean Pavone

The Seoul office will be Latham & Watkins' sixth in Asia. The firm has an established South Korea banking and finance practice overseen by Tokyo office managing partner Joseph Bevash, with a suite existing Korean clients including The Export-Import Bank of Korea (K-EXIM) and Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-SURE). 'We have more than two decades experience working with a number of key South Korean market players and we are committed to supporting our South Korean clients,' commented Latham & Watkins chair and managing partner Bill Voge.

International presence grows

Latham & Watkins will be the latest in a long list of international firms to establish a presence in South Korea over the last two years. White & Case, Milbank Tweed, Stephenson Harwood and Skaddens have all set up offices in the country, while EY Law, Taylor Wessing and Bird & Bird have all opted for alliances with local firms. Source: The Lawyer

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