"BKL's M&A capability in South East Asia was virtually non-existent before Mr. Yang and his Vietnam office joined BKL.”
- IFLR1000 (2018)
BKL’s Southeast Asia Practice Group has been at the forefront of the ever deepening Korean presence in the Southeast Asian markets since the early 2000s. With lawyers and offices strategically positioned across major cities in Southeast Asia, we combine strong global networks and local expertise to provide clients with comprehensive legal services and on-the-ground support.
Our success in Southeast Asia is continually reflected in ratings media, including the Acquisition Deal of the Year at the Vietnam M&A Forum each year from 2016 to 2020 consecutively and the Best M&A Advisor at the Vietnam M&A Forum in 2019 and 2020.
Highly rated team with in-depth and extensive experience
We have a tight grasp of the local culture, business practices and languages, and the most extended legal network of any Korean firm in Southeast Asia. Our lawyers are qualified in Vietnam, Myanmar, Korea and the US, and have extensive experience over many years across a number of jurisdictions in Southeast Asia. In order to support our clients’ needs for legal services in Southeast Asia, we opened offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in 2015, and Myanmar in 2016. In addition, since 2018, we have been operating a Korea desk in association with a top tier law firm in Indonesia. We strive to navigate and build cooperative working relationships with major firms in other Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia and Laos, allowing us to provide comprehensive legal services across the entire region.
A wealth of experience in Southeast Asia
We have successfully advised on many major projects and transactions across Southeast Asia, including Hana Bank’s strategic investment in BIDV, one of the top listed banks in Vietnam, LG Display’s establishment of OLED display module production plants and investment in Vietnam, and KB Bank’s acquisition of Prasac Microfinance Institution in Cambodia.
Leveraging our lawyers in headquarters and global platform with comprehensive knowledge and resources to provide integrated legal services
We leverage the expertise of our Seoul offices and attorneys globally to provide advisory services on the different facets of the transactions, such as cross-border issues, regulatory compliance, financing, real estate and construction, competition and antitrust issues, tax structuring as well as industry-specific issues.
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