Top 100 Korean Lawyers & Legal Consultants in Korea

Sean Hayes, head of the Top Korean Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year was rated by LawAsia, one of the leading peer-reviewed publications in Asia, as a Top 100 Lawyer in Korea. Sean Hayes is one of the only non-Korean attorneys on this Korean Lawyer “A-list” and the only non-Korean that was on the list each year the list was published. Sean Hayes is the first non-Korean attorney to have worked for the Korean court system (Constitutional Court of

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Definition of a Franchise in Korea under Korean Franchise Law and Corresponding Disclosure Requirements

A franchise, in general, in the Republic of Korea (“Korea”) is a continuous business relationship under which a Franchisor allows a franchisee to use its business marks (trademarks, service marks) to sell goods or services in accordance with certain quality standards, business methods, training and control requirements in exchange for the payment of a franchise fee (Fair Transactions in Franchise Business Act (“Franchise Act”). The Korean Fair Trade Commission and the Courts of Korea have broadly interpreted the definition to the

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Termination of a Franchise Agreement in Korea: Korean Franchise Law Basics

The Fair Transactions in Franchise Business Act (“Franchise Act”) and the Fair Transactions in Large Franchises and Retail Business (“LFBA”) are the major laws governing the relationship between a franchisor and a franchisee. Whereas the general provisions of the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act (MRFTA), Commercial Act and Civil Act, additionally, regulate the franchise relationship and other business relationships in Korea. See: Definition of a Franchise in Korea for the Definition and an explanation of Korean Disclosure Requirements. Franchise

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South Korea Offers a Variety of Business Visas for those Wishing to Conduct Business in Korea

South Korea offers several types of business visas for foreign nationals who want to conduct business activities in the country. These include the D-7 (Investor/Business Manager) Visa, D-8 (Corporate Investment) Visa, and D-9 (International Trade and Investment) Visa, among others. Each type of visa has its own eligibility requirements and conditions, and applicants must provide proof of their business plans and financial ability in order to obtain the specific visa. Korea’s visa laws are, often, changing. For an article quoting

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What are the Administrative Hurdles for Foreign Entrepreneurs to Start a Business in Korea?

Starting a business is rarely simple, and doing so as an expat in Korea involves not just financial challenges, but also the complex and constantly-changing Korean Immigration regulations that foreigners must follow in order to remain and legally launch a business in Korea. This law blog post is intended as a basic guide to Immigration challenges for entrepreneurs. Although the Korean government has launched a number of initiatives, recently, to draw in international expertise. The K-Startup Grand Challenge and the

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Korean Small Business Partnerships/Joint Venture Startups

Starting a small business in Korea can be enjoyable and profitable if you get the business on the right track from the start.  Too often we see those with “limited funds” (we all have limited funds -even multinationals have limited funds) choosing to forgo having the deals structured by a professional and just downloading a “partnership” agreement off the internet.  Avoid the headaches and the costs in the future and structure all right from the start. I have learned from

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Foreign Franchisees Joining the Korean Franchise Association

The Korean Franchise Association is an organization that is authorized/licensed by the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy. All domestic and foreign franchises that have registered Franchise Disclosure Statements with the Korean Fair Trade Commission can apply to the Korean Franchise Association. IPG Legal believes, most foreign franchisors, should join the Korean Franchise Association. The KFA is an excellent resource for market intelligence and an excellent conduit to understand the unique aspects of the Korean franchise market and Korea’s

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Material Omissions in Korean Franchise Disclosure Documents in South Korea

In April of 2015, the Supreme Court of Korea ruled that under Article 4; Article (9)(1); and Article 41(1) of the prior version of the Fair Transactions in Franchise Business Act (“Franchise Act”) damages may be obtained, from a franchisor, for all material omissions (Supreme Court 2014 DA 84824,84831, April 9, 2015) within Korean Franchise Disclosure Documents. Thus, we advise all franchises in Korea to review and update their franchise agreements, thoroughly, on a yearly basis. Damages for Material Omissions

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Require a Injunction in a Korean Court Against your Former Korean Franchisee for Competing Against your New Korean Franchisee?

Under the Fair Franchise Transactions Act of Korea (“Franchise Act”), a franchisee has the right, under Korean Law, to request the renewal of a Korean franchise agreement after ten years of successful operation of a franchise.  In some cases this reality leads to a Former Franchisee continuing the franchise in competition with your new franchisee. We wrote about termination of a Korean franchise in other articles including: Termination of a Franchise in Korea.  Also, you can view other articles on

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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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