October 26, 2016
Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce the opening of an office in Seoul, South Korea, which deepens Latham’s ties to Korean clients and further strengthens the firm’s capabilities in Asia and globally.
Latham has more than two decades of experience advising Korean companies and financial institutions with operations in diverse industries across the globe, as well as multinationals, financial institutions and private equity sponsors on inbound and outbound investments in Korea. The firm has particularly deep experience in the banking, energy, entertainment, sports and media, infrastructure, life sciences, semiconductor and automotive sectors.
Latham’s Seoul office solidifies the firm’s market-leading project development and finance practice and further expands its mergers and acquisitions, private equity, leveraged finance, debt and equity capital markets, and international arbitration practices in Asia.
Joseph Bevash will serve as Office Managing Partner in Seoul. Bevash has more than 20 years of experience in the Asia-Pacific region, including working with South Korean clients on ground-breaking project finance matters throughout the region and globally. He also serves as Office Managing Partner in Tokyo.
Bill Voge, Chair and Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins, said: “The opening of an office in Seoul is a key development in the firm’s global expansion. Seoul is one of Asia’s leading financial centers and an engine of economic growth, with strong and growing importance globally. The addition of a Seoul office will further enhance our practice and platform in the region and around the world.”
Finance partner Sungjin Kang, who will lead Latham’s Project Finance practice in Seoul together with Bevash, said: “East Asia represents exciting opportunities to grow our transactional and disputes practices in the region, and our new office in Seoul is strategically very important for our long-term growth plans.”
Corporate counsel Helena Kim, who will lead the firm's Corporate practice in Seoul, added: “Tremendous innovation is happening in South Korea, and our launch in Seoul continues Latham’s successful momentum in Asia.”
Bevash said: “Our Seoul office is an important milestone for our Asia practice and a natural progression in this major business capital, and it is a further sign of our commitment to the region.”
With offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo—coupled with the firm’s practices covering Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand—the firm has one of strongest platforms, with significant resource and expertise, in the Asia-Pacific region.
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About Latham & Watkins
Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,200 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, including: Barcelona, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Riyadh, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information on Latham & Watkins, please visit the website at www.lw.com.
Notes to Editors
1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins operates in Seoul as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.
Bill Voge, Chair and Managing Partner
Joseph Bevash, Office Managing Partner, Seoul and Tokyo
Sungjin Kang, finance partner and chair of the Korea practice group for the firm
Helena Kim, corporate counsel, registered as chief representative for the Seoul office