Former Kim & Chang foreign legal consultant Seong Soo Kim specializes in cross-border project financings and international securities deals involving Korean companies.
The Korean steel giant is leading an Asian consortium buying a stake in the Canadian iron ore business of ArcelorMittal.
The Korean firm, which has operated a liaison office in Hong Kong since 2010, is making it official with a foreign law practice license.
The three-year, dollar-denominated bonds were sold to institutional investors in Asia, the United States and Europe.
The Chicago-based firm, which announced Tuesday it had applied to open an office in Seoul, joins almost 20 other international law firms moving into the Korean market.
Herbert Smith is sending two non-Korean partners to lead its Seoul office, highlighting the demographic and regulatory challenge British firms face in the newly-opened market.
The criminal case follows a jury verdict last year ordering Kolon to pay almost $920 million to DuPont for stealing secrets related to the manufacture of Kevlar.
Cohen & Gresser is one of the smaller, less well-known firms opening an office in Seoul.
Lawyers in Korea are still trying to figure out if a surprisingly tough white-collar sentence last month means an era of leniency for high-level corporate crime is over.
A significant amount of yen is flowing into Southeast Asia as Japanese companies seek growth outside the country. The lawyers aren't far behind.