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 insure 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 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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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. He is ranked, for Korea, as one of only two non-Korean attorneys as a Top Attorney by AsiaLaw.

Sean Hayes

Known for his street-smart advice & proactive advocacy. Sean works with senior retired Korean judges and leading attorneys in contentious and transactional matters. First non-Korean lawyer (NY) to work at Korean Courts and one of the first non-Korean law professors. Rated a top lawyer in Korea by major rating agencies.

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