Retail Business in Korea by Tom Coyner

The following is an article written by Tom Coyner in 2007 that still has relevancy in today’s evolving retail market.  Interesting read on an issue that hasn’t changed much since 2007.  It’s amazing what a decade can bring in a rapidly evolving economy such as Korea. In my recent article I discussed how traditional stores have seen their markets nibbled away by first department store and later convenience stores. As important as these developments may be, Korean consumers are now

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The Power of Samsung in Korea: Ways to Protect your Business from the Powers to Be in Korea

Bloomberg Business Week published earlier this year a great article on the power of Samsung in the Korean market. Many foreign and domestic businesses in Korea have run afoul of Big Blue and have been crushed because of local Korean realities.   The more savvy of companies, dealing with Samsung and like companies in Korea,  have used some creative business strategies and contract clauses that has helped to minimize damages caused by relationships with Samsung and the like that go

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Suing the Korean Government in Court Abroad: The Ashley Madison Saga Begins

Avid Life Media is suing the Korean Government and the Korea Communications Standards Commission for blocking its Ashley Madison website in Korea in a Canadian Federal Court.  If it intends to enforce the judgment in Korea – Good Luck. Avid Life Media runs the Ashley Madison dating site.  The site motto is “Life is Short. Have an Affair.” Seemingly, the Korean Government blocked the site, since the site is believed to facilitate adultery. Avid Life Media is arguing that the

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IPG’s Labor & Employment Law Practice: Proactive, Efficient & Unconflicted

Introduction to the Korean Labor & Employment Law Practice Group One of our largest practices is our Labor & Employment Law Practice in Korea. We handle matters, mainly, for foreign companies and foreign executives working for Korean conglomerates. We are, chosen, over the ubiquitous Korean law firms, often, because of our proactive and unconflicted practice of law. We are, intentionally, different from the crowd. For articles on Korean Employment Law, please see: Korean Employment Law Archives. For example: We have,

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Unfair/Wrongful Dismissal of Foreign Executives under Term Contract with Korean Chaebols & MNL in Korea

Expat executives working in Korea are typically hired by Korean conglomerates and multinational companies doing business in Korea based on two or three-year contracts. Many of these contracts contain terms that are in violation of the Korean Labor Standards Act and other laws and regulations. These employment contracts often have one to six-month at-will termination clauses. In many cases, these contracts are in violation of the Korean Labor Standards Act and other laws and regulations. Many foreign executives, recently, have

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Hiring/Terminating an Employee/Contractor in Korea: Employment Law in Korea

One of the largest areas of Korean law that we consult on is labor & employment law.  Because of, inter alia, the lack of the conception in Korea of an “at-will” worker – many non-Korean employers get their feet into hot water when structuring agent, consultant, employment and even distribution agreements with Korean individuals.  Some of these arrangements – lead to us needing to defend employers in court.  An expense – that would have, typically, not been necessary. The reality

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Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of July 7, 2014

Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal For the Week of July 7, 2014Korean Legal News Reported by the Media on the Week of July 7, 2014 Science Ministry to Introduce Laws for Better Mobile Service Plans Validity of Financial Holding Firms in Question Bank of Korea Hints at Rate Cut Pantech Sinking into Deeper Liquidity Crisis Samsung Chief Marks 2 Months in Hospital Most Recent Posts from the Korean Law Blog Is Samsung Doomed? No

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Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of June 30, 2014

Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of June 30, 2014Korean Legal News Reported by the Media on the Week of June 30, 2014 FSS Chief Pledges to Back Foreign Firms Cho Steering Hanjin Shipping Out of Liquidity Crunch Park, Xi Boost Security, Business Ties Korea, China to Seal FTA by Year’s End Won Goes from Strength to Strength Most Recent Posts from the Korean Law Blog Is Samsung Doomed? No Innovation Price

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Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of June 23, 2014

Weekly Korean Legal News From International Law Firm – IPG Legal for the Week of June 23, 2014Korean Legal News Reported by the Media on the Week of June 23, 2014 Samsung, LG at War over Android Wearables Hyundai Motor to Be Fined for Overstated Fuel Economy Korea Recognized for Combating Money Laundering Asiana Accepts Responsibility for Crash Penalties Likely for Woori Bank Most Recent Posts from the Korean Law Blog Is Korea’s “Copy Culture” the Largest Threat to the

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Required Traits of a Great Criminal Lawyer in Korea: Hiring a Defense Lawyer in South Korea

There are few great criminal lawyers working in Korea, because of the nature of the Korean criminal justice system and other realities. In Korea, in all cases, where you are accused of a crime and you fear that you may be sentenced to time in a Korean jail, may be deported from Korea or the Korean conviction may harm your future – hire, quickly, an experienced and proactive attorney in Korea with experience in Korean criminal law prior to any

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