American Shot by Korean Police Officer: Attorney Lee from IPG Legal in the news.

The Korea Times recently featured Attorney Seul-ki Lee of IPG Legal in a news article, and for all the right reasons.  Attorney Lee is one of the legal representatives of Mr. Arnold Samberg at IPG Legal. Mr. Samberg is a retired US Airforce sergeant who met with an unfortunate tragedy three years ago when he was shot by a Korean police officer. He seeks justice and closure from the Korean Police, who have dragged this case on for far too

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Top Law Firms in Korea for English-Speaking Clients According to 10 Magazine

We are proud to note that 10 Magazine listed us in an article titled 10 Lawyers in Seoul for English-Speaking Expats in Korea. IPG is listed under the title Large/International Law Firms. Thanks for the mention 10 Magazine. We love your work. IPG Legal and many of our lawyers were listed as top attorneys by numerous legal rating services and magazines. Sean Hayes was, also, rated a top 100 Attorney. The article by 10 Magazine on the law firms in Korea

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Korea Divorce Checklist for Negotiation of a Marital Separation Agreement in Korea

The following Korea divorce checklist may be useful for those negotiating a marital separation agreement in Korea. We highly recommend the utilization of a marital separation agreement, since the normal Korean judgment doesn’t consider some issues that may arise in the future including pension and social security that are addressed in a typical marital separation agreement. In most cases, it is advisable to retain a lawyer to assist with your divorce. The average Korean lawyer doesn’t handle many divorces for

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Korea emerges as an Arbitration Hub in East Asia

With several major international companies now calling Seoul home and many international construction contracts choosing Seoul as the venue for arbitration, international arbitration matters are on the rise in Korea. American, Australian, British, Chinese, Indian, German have expanded their interest in the growing Korean market. International conglomerates in Korea have long understood the value of the arbitration process. Regrettably, few Korean attorneys are capable of handling international arbitration cases in the English language, because of the lack of experience in

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How to Appeal a Korean Deportation Order or Exit Order?

If you are issued a deportation order or exit order by the Korean Immigration Service, you still have avenues to reverse this Korean deportation order or exit order, however, time is ticking. The main thing you need to, do immediately, is contact an experienced and proactive Korean Immigration Lawyer and get the Korean lawyer all information asked for by the lawyer as soon as possible. IPG Legal has successfully challenged Korean Deportation Orders in Korea and is consistently ranked Top Korean

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Whistleblower Protections in Korea Expanded through revised Whistleblower Protection Act

Korea’s Whistleblower Protection Act is, often, criticized for having a too limited scope, since it narrowly covered specific iterated Korean government statutes. Thus, many in Korea have pushed for an expansion of the law to cover a more broad range of Korean laws. With this reality in mind, the Korean Whistleblower Protection Act was expanded to cover 467 statutes up from the prior 284 statutes. The amendment was effective since November of 2020. This Amendment led to many Korean government

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Hiring a Korean Independent Contractor for Work in Korea

We receive many requests for drafting Korean independent contractor agreements and we, sometime, decide with the client, that it is better to have a Korean distribution or agency agreement with a company, because of uncertainty in Korean Labor & Employment Law and other reasons. Korea’s court decisions on Korean Labor Law are as predictable as the Korean weather and the standard to determine if one is an independent contractor or an “employee” is as clear as a Beijing sky. For

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Korean Derivative Suit Law

Much like the United States, Korean law permits shareholders of a company to file a lawsuit against the company’s directors/third parties, on behalf of the company, when directors’/third parties’ wrongful acts result in losses or may later result in losses. Please see: Suing Korean Directors for Losses to Korean Companies for more information on this issue. In this type of legal action in Korea, known, often, as a derivative suit, the plaintiff-shareholders do not bring a claim as themselves as

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Conflict of Interests in Korea: Lawyers as Outside Directors of Listed Korean Companies

The Korea Times published an interesting article that all of us at local law firms in Korea know very well. Korean listed companies love to hire lawyers as outside directors. Many of these companies know that these lawyers will make very little noise when it comes to board action or inaction because of the often strong financial relationship between the firm and the company. Additionally, many of these lawyers are hired by majority shareholders or friends who are company directors

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Limiting Director Liability under Korean Law: Don’t Drop the Insurance Policy Yet

Prior to recent amendments to the Korean Commercial Code (“KCC”) it was impossible to limit the liability of directors of Korean companies without the agreement of all shareholders. However, please, still, obtain a Director Liability Insurance Policy. In order to relieve the burden on directors of Korean companies (and their insurance companies) and also to encourage qualified individuals to be willing to become directors (facial purpose), the KCC was amended to exempt directors from some liability in certain cases of

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