Sean Hayes Ranked a Top 100 Lawyer in South Korea by Asia Business Law Journal

IPG is proud to announce that Sean Hayes was awarded the designation as one of the Top 100 lawyers working in South Korea by the Asia Business Law Journal. He is one of only a handful of non-Korean lawyers on this list of the best lawyers in Korea.

Sean is, also, ranked a top attorney in numerous other leading rankings and IPG Legal was rated Korea’s Top Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year for three years in a row. Update: Sean Hayes has maintained this Top 100 Lawyer Designation from 2019 to 2023.

A client noted to the journal that Attorney Sean Hayes is: “proactive, kind and focused on our industry and really got to know our business.” Thanks to the clients that recognize our hard work and thanks to our lawyer and paralegal team at IPG for making me look better than I really am. I am nothing without you.

The Asia Business Law Journal is a leading legal journal dedicated to legal practitioners working in Asia.

Sean Hayes

IPG Legal
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Key practice areas: Franchisors; defence companies;
chemical companies; industrials; and startups
Con. Court of Korea, Research Officer
Kookmin Univ., Law Professor
Seoul National University, Adj. professor
Korea Times, Columnist / Ombudsmen
Seoul National University Law, Ph.D. Cand.
Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Gerson Lehrman Group, Counsel Member

Sean Hayes is the first non-Korean employed as an attorney by the Korean courts and one of the first non-Koreans to be a full-time regular member of a Korean law faculty. Sean is known, over his 16+ years in Korea, for his aggressive advocacy and candid NY-style street-smart advice. His firm is renowned for taking on some of the most contentious matters in Korea in a non-conflicted and proactive manner. Sean is also one of the few attorneys in Asia who has experience managing non-consulting companies. He worked as an interim general manager/HR manager for oil & gas, new tech, pharmaceutical, franchise, and manufacturing companies. He regularly appears in and is quoted by international media organizations including the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and international law journals. IPG Legal, Sean’s firm, is often chosen over the ubiquitous Korean law firms when unconflicted and aggressive representation is essential for success. IPG has been recognized by numerous legal publications and rating agencies as a leading firm practicing in Asia. Sean and IPG have successfully assisted in bringing into Asia numerous brands, oil & gas, manufacturers, defence companies, real estate, franchises, entertainment, and new-tech companies. IPG has, also, been involved in some of the most noteworthy contentious matters via arbitration and litigation in Asia. Sean is a regular contributor to the Korean Law Blog (

Sean Hayes 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, and IPG Legal is consistently ranked Top Dispute Resolution Law for our litigation services.

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