Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has for over 20 years advised foreign clients in planning, carrying out and managing their investments in Korea. We offer experience of great scope and depth in handling virtually every major type of investment, ranging from direct investment by formation of new enterprises or acquisitions of existing businesses, to manufacturing and service sectors joint ventures, to portfolio holdings in publicly traded companies.
The clients we have been privileged to help include many multinationals based in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China and Southeast Asia. (For an indication of our foreign clientele, many of whom we have advised since the early stages of their ventures in Korea, please see this page.) These investments represent a large cross section of industry, commerce and finance, including manufacture, retail, technology, e-commerce, insurance, financial services, and real estate.
The regulations and procedures involved in foreign investment are a core area of our practice. We are able to advise clients expertly on all pertinent issues and concerns, with a track record of having achieved smooth completion in hundreds of investment projects.
As a key step, we provide comprehensive guidance on tax and other implications of proposed structuring. Our professionals are frequently consulted, from the early stages of planning, on issues such as investment-related filings, regulatory permits, agency arrangements, technology transfer, employment law and environmental regulation.
With a vast store of transactional experience, BKL’s corporate team—one of the largest in Korea and in Asia—is poised to help clients plan and negotiate commercial contracts for a broad variety of objectives. These range from threshold agreements for stock and asset investments and joint ventures, to setup arrangements including land leases, local procurement, supply, distribution and marketing.
In addition to structuring and planning, our professionals often prepare and carry out the documentary and procedural requisites for set-up, including corporate governing documents, commercial registry and tax office filings, and mandatory or customary policies and work rules.
Each year we have the privilege of helping many new clients navigate the foreign investment terrain in Korea.