The Los Angeles firm has publicly stated its aim to have a Seoul office of as many as 150 lawyers and to practice Korean law as soon as it can. Can Sheppard Mullin really make itself a leader in an ultracompetitive market?
The firm is acting for a consortium that had the winning bid for a lease to operate Port Botany and Port Kembla in New South Wales
The office is the firm's 36th location worldwide and its second in Asia.
By Anthony Lin, April 9, 2013 :: Korea
Asian Lawyer editor Anthony Lin is visiting Seoul this week, where he finds that the threat from North Korea looms both large and small.
By Tom Brennan, April 8, 2013 :: Korea
Robert Woll returns to Hong Kong after six years in Beijing with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Door.
Reforms that have greatly expanded the number of lawyers promise a bright future for the Korean profession. But that doesn't help those hitting the market now.
A significant amount of yen is flowing into Southeast Asia as Japanese companies seek growth outside the country. The lawyers aren't far behind.