Squeezing-out Minority Shareholders under Korean Corporate Law

The amended Commercial Code of Korea provides for “squeeze-out” rights for shareholders holding 95% or more of the shares of a company. This Korean law was promulgated in April of 2012. The law also provides for a right of minority shareholders of Korean companies to demand a “sell-out.” It seems possible, under the very vague wording of the amended clauses, for a sell-out to take place at the same time as a squeeze-out with the potential of conflicting appraisals and

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Opening & Managing a Bank Account in Korea

My friends at the Korean Tax Blog have an article on some difficulties with banking in Korea. I recommend reading the article. The blog post notes, in part, that: “I have often received questions from foreigners about the banking system in Korea. Even for Koreans, it is notoriously complicated. Although difficult to adequately explain the nuances of Korean banking (and the numerous issues surrounding online banking caused by Internet Explorer), I offer you a general guideline for using our system.

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Establishing Business with Korea via an Agent: Korean Agency Law Basics

For some companies wishing to establish business with Korea, the use of a commercial agency relationship may be an ideal way to establish your business presence in Korea. However, this type of agreement comes with risk. Please see: Termination of an Agency Agreement in Korea. https://www.thekoreanlawblog.com/2020/08/distribution-agreement-termination-korea-law.html An agent relationship is often ideal when a company seeks to sell its products in Korea, but wishes to first evaluate and familiarize itself with the Korean market prior to establishing a distributorship relationship

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Forming a Joint Venture in Korea, China & Southeast Asia: Listen to My Mother

My mother often told me, when I was much younger, to look both ways before crossing the street; carry an umbrella in the spring; and don’t go out alone in the dark. The advice can go a long way for Korean companies doing business outside Korea and for expats doing business in Korea. As we all know, Korean companies and many foreign companies lament over the fact that it is nearly impossible for Korean companies, with the exception of the

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Is a Bankruptcy in the U.S. “Effective” on Assets in Korea?: Korean Bankruptcy Law Basics

The following article on the interplay between Korean Bankruptcy Law and foreign bankruptcy laws was motivated by a question from a reader from the Korea Times. The following is from a column I used to write for the Korea Times. Please note the present Bankruptcy Law in Korea was amended and the present topic, while interesting, shall not apply to present bankruptcy proceedings. However, take a read – very interesting matter. I shall be posting some of my old articles

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Korea-Ecuador Free Trade Agreement

The Republic of Korea (“South Korea”) and the Republic of Ecuador (“Ecuador”) executed this month a Strategic Economic Cooperation Agreement. Under this agreement between Ecuador and Korea, South Korea shall eliminate tariffs on 96.4 percent of items and Ecuador shall eliminate tariffs on 92.8 percent of items. Korea expects an increase in exports of automobiles, appliances, food products, Korean films, music, and other cultural content. While, Ecuador expects an increase in the export of raw materials including copper, silver, and

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Korea to Allow Visas for Foreign Restaurant Workers: Korean E-9 Visa Updates

The major Korean and English-language vernaculars announced that non-skilled (e.g. not chefs) foreign workers wishing to work in restaurants shall be allowed to be sponsored for E-9 visas by restaurant employers. Restaurants in Korea with less than five workers shall be allowed one visa and restaurants with five or more workers shall be allowed a maximum of two E-9 visas. Additionally, Korea extended, also, the E-9 visa to those working in the Korean forestry and the Korean mining industries. The

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Korean Independent Contractor Risks: Korean Labor Standards Act Basics

The Korean Court System has been less reluctant, in recent years, to deem a Korean independent contractor an “employee” under the Korean Labor Standards Act (LSA). This fact remains true even when an employer in Korea establishes that the independent contractor is aware that he/she was contracted as an independent contractor and, thus, not a regular employee of the Korean company. Upon the establishment of the status as “employee” in Korea, the individual is entitled to all of the benefits

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Top 100 Korean Lawyers & Legal Consultants in Korea

Sean Hayes, head of the Top Korean Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year was rated by LawAsia, one of the leading peer-reviewed publications in Asia, as a Top 100 Lawyer in Korea. Sean Hayes is one of the only non-Korean attorneys on this Korean Lawyer “A-list” and the only non-Korean that was on the list each year the list was published. Sean Hayes is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of

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Korean Exit Bans for Not Paying Taxes, Custom Duties and Violations of Korean Law

The Korean Immigration Control Act and related acts allow the potential to permanently impose an exit ban from Korea on foreigners for nearly all acts that are determined by the Korean Ministry of Justice as “harming the interest, public safety or order in the economy of the Republic of Korea” until the reason for the exit ban ceases to exist. (Immigration Control Act of Korea Article 4(1)5.) However, IPG Legal has successfully challenged these exit bans in Korea and is

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