IPG’s Representative Clients & Matters

IPG Legal Best lawyers in AsiaRepresentative Clients & Matters
All of our teams are lead by either retired judges, retired prosecutors or former international law firm attorneys.

  • Korean Civil Litigation Team:
    • Successful resolution of a Korean Customs and Tax Audit for a major international chemical company.
    • Assisted a major international law firm in the resolution of trade dispute concerning the dumping allegations by a Fortune 500 American company against a Fortune 500 Korean company. 
    • Resolved a dispute between an Austrian automotive parts manufacturer and a leading Korean conglomerate. 
    • Successful settlement of a USD 28 million breach of contract in Korea against a major Korean conglomerate.
    • Successful arbitration award for a subcontractor against a leading Korean general contractor.
  • Korean Corporate Law & Compliance Team: 
    • Top Lawyers International by AVVO

    • 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 Korea.
  • Korean 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.
  • Korean Employment & Labor Law Team: 
    • Leading Law Firm in Asia and Korea

    • 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 dismissal of a senior executive for a leading international oil & gas company.
    • Complete restructuring of the HR Compliance System for an international retailer.
  • Korean IP Law Team: 
    • Enforcement and monitoring for 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.
  • Korean 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.
  • Korean Tax & Customs Team: 
    • Who's Who Legal Korea top lawyer

    • 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.  

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

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