Korean M & A Due Diligence Checklist: Mergers & Acquisitions Due Diligence in Korea

This Korean Merger & Acquisition Due Diligence Checklist is not a substitute for retaining a Korean-based international attorney to assist with your M & A. Please, only, use this checklist as an initial guide and to ensure that your attorney is checking off all of the boxes.

Korean companies often are poor at keeping accurate records that reflect a rational reality. Thus, you must know where to find the red flags. These skills come with experience in Korea, thus, the need for someone with significant commercial and legal experience in Korea.

M & A Due Diligence Checklist

  • Company History
    • Company History/Background
    • Founder, Family & Key Individuals in Company
    • Historical Profitability
    • Credit Rating
    • Primary Customers, Suppliers & Vendors
    • Reason for Sale or Merger
    • Stinky Fish & Stinky People
    • Old Hats
  • Financials & Shareholder Distributions
    • Audited Financial Statements
    • Tax Returns, Tax Certificates, Tax Filings & VAT Receipts etc.
    • Government Filings, Government Notices, and Tax Office Communications
    • Local Taxes & Communications
    • 4 Insurances
    • Cash Flow, Current Financials & Year End Statements
    • Shareholder Distributions
    • Interested Transactions
  • Company Formation Documents
    • Business Licenses, Tax License & Commercial Register
    • Articles/Constitution, By-laws, Amendments etc.
    • Shareholder Agreements/Joint Venture Agreements
    • Government Approvals & Certificates
    • Interested Directors, Officers, Share Holdings
    • Representative Director & Directors Acceptance Documents
    • Formation Docs
    • Insurance Contracts
    • Seal Certificate
  • Assets & Receivables
    • Receivables List & Records
    • Real Property List & Records
    • Movables List & Records
    • IP (trademark, patents, copyrights, licenses etc.)
    • Registration documents for IP
  • Liabilities & Lawsuits
    • Lawsuits & Administrative Actions
    • Government Liabilities
    • Loans & Guarantees
    • Interested Transactions
    • Licenses
    • Contingents
    • Liabilities to Shareholders, Employees, Family & Directors
  •  Customers & Relationships
    • Major Customers
    • Agreements & POAs
    • Customer & Vendor Relationship Issues
    • Customer Relationship with Key Employees Leaving
  • Employee/Directors
    • Employee List
    • Job Specs
    • Employment Contracts
    • Government Obligations
    • Severance Obligations
    • Director Contracts
    • Former Director List
    • Employees Terminated in the Last Year
    • Independent Contractor Contracts
    • Employment Related Tax Obligations
    • Labor Union Representatives/Union
    • Disciplinary Dismissals
  • Real Property
    • Title, Lease, Property Records
    • Adjoining Landowners
    • Tax Assessment
    • Mortgages, Liens & Encumbrances etc.


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