EXPERIENCE

Representative Clients & Matters
All of our teams are led by either retired judges, retired prosecutors or former international law firm attorneys.
  • Arbitration Team
    • Arbitration at the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board of a construction variance dispute by an international construction company against a Korean conglomerate concerning work performed by the international construction company in the Middle East. 
    • Arbitration of a dispute between two international conglomerates concerning a breach of contract related to scope of work.  
    • Arbitration of a dispute by an individual against a major Korean hospital.
    • Successful resolution via arbitration of the dismissal of a senior executive for a leading international oil & gas company.
    • Successful resolution of a construction dispute by an American construction company against a leading conglomerate.  
  • Corporate Law & Compliance Team: 
    • Successful entry of a Fortune 500 e-commerce site into the Korean market. 
    • Consulted on licensing, joint venture and regulatory compliance issues for an American real estate developer’s shopping mall joint venture in Korea. 
    • Due Diligence, drafting of shareholder agreement and the successful completion of the acquisition of a Chinese company by an American fashion brand.
    • Successful completion of a merger of a Chinese pharmaceutical company and a Korean medical device company. 
    • Representation of a leading military defense company in all matters related to business in world-wide business.
    • Successful registration of NY non-profit for state and federal tax exempt status. 
  • Franchise & Distribution Team:
    • Successful registration of a franchise disclosure document with the Fair Trade Commission of Korea for an international bakery franchise.
    • Successful resolution of a dispute between an international F & B franchise and a Korean company concerning franchising in Korea.
    • Drafted numerous agent, distribution and license agreements for international distributors and franchises.
    • Successful completion of the retention of an international fast casual food franchise for a Master.
    • Review and Revise Franchise Agreement Based on NY Law for an international franchisor entering the NY market.
    • Successful resolution of a franchise dispute for a leading international Master and a NY franchise.  
    • Draft and registration of numerous disclosure documents for franchisors.
  • Criminal Defense Team:
    • Pro Bono: Not guilty verdict for an American military officer charged with the crime of rape in Korea. 
    • Not guilty verdicts for two employees of a major American defense company in a criminal prosecution in Korea. 
    • Not guilty verdict for an employee of American defense contractor in a sexual assault case in Korea.
    • Obtained a suspended jail sentence for an employee of a company convicted of the illegal import of diamonds into the Republic of Korea.
    • Not guilty verdict for a president of a company charged with the misappropriation of funds.
    • Obtained over 50 not guilty verdicts and numerous suspended jail sentences. 
  • Employment & Labor Law Team: 
    • Drafted employment agreements, employee handbooks, employment rules and formed a pension and corporate compliance system for a NASDAQ-listed company. 
    • Oversaw the layoff of 5% of the staff of a manufacturer in China and Korea. 
    • Prevailed in numerous cases of foreign employees of Korean companies that were wrongfully dismissed from Korean conglomerates. 
    • Successful resolution via arbitration of the dismissal of a senior executive for a leading international oil & gas company.
    • Complete restructuring of the HR Compliance System for an international retailer.
    • Successful mediation of a $1.25M Labor Law claim for injuries suffered resulting from a fall from elevation on a construction site in New York.  
  • Intellectual Property Law Team: 
    • Enforcement and monitoring of  trademark infringement throughout Asia for a leading international fashion brand. 
    • Successful challenge of a registered trademark for an international fashion brand. 
    • Filing of numerous trade marks and patents for clients in collaboration with an affiliated Patent Agent.
    • Successfully obtained the IP from a bankrupt Korean company for an international retail brand.
    • Successful challenge of a copyright troll's registered trademark.
    • IP Law Team works in consultation with other teams on a myriad of legal and compliance issues. 
  • Private Client Team: 
    • Structuring of a estate for a leading Korean-based entertainer prior to an anticipated divorce.
    • Numerous divorce, custody and other private client matters.
    • Estate planning advice and tax filing services for international clients.
    • Tax advisory services via an affiliated accounting firm.
    • Management of the IP of a leading international investor. 
    • Successful argument of election matters in N.Y. Appellate Division.
    • Successful trial in N.Y. election re-count; dismissal of allegations of election fraud. 
  • Tax & Customs Team: 
    • Resolution of a customs enforcement matter for a leading chemical company. 
    • Resolution of a Tax Audit & Custom Audit for a leading food & beverage company. 
    • Filing of taxes for employees of the majority of our clients via an affiliated accounting firm. 
    • Tax advice concerning the structuring of an estate for a high net worth individual.














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Sean Hayes may be contacted at: SeanHayes@ipglegal.com.

Sean Hayes is co-chair of the Korea Practice Team at IPG Legal. He is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of Korea) and one of the first non-Koreans to be a regular member of a Korean law faculty. Sean is ranked, for Korea, as one of only two non-Korean lawyers as a Top Attorney by AsiaLaw.

Sean's profile may be found at: Sean C. Hayes