Linklaters has joined other British firms in appointing a non-Korean chief representative in Seoul.
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.
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 shifting market, a series of departures and leadership changes—in the U.S. as well as Asia—have raised questions about the firm's Asia strategy. But chairman Bradley Butwin insists that O'Melveny's commitment to Asia is as strong as it ever was.