Liability of Persons who have Lent their Names for Korean Business Transactions

In Korea, the person who is actually the subject of rights and obligations, often differs from the nominee such as the holder of licenses or business registrations. Sometimes those with assets use these nominee/proxies to attempt to avoid liability. As such, under certain conditions, a counterparty to a transaction is protected, under the Korean Commercial Act, by acknowledging the liability of not only the party to the transaction, the name borrower, but also the nominee (name lender). See: Korea’s Real Name Transaction

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Korean Cargo Claims under Korean Maritime Law

If you’ve ever wondered how to bring cargo claims under the Maritime Law/Shipping Law in Korea when South Korea is not a signatory to any international conventions governing the shipping of goods by sea, such as the Hague-Visby, Hamburg, or Rotterdam conventions, continue reading to find out. For information on arresting a ship in Korea please see: Arrest/Attachment of Ships at Korean Ports: Maritime Liens in Korea. And for an article on releasing an arrested ship please see: Releasing an Arrested

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Can you claim severance pay from a Non-Korean Employer?

Severance Pay is a payment which the employer is required to pay an “employee” for a retiring, terminated or resigning employees that works for a company in Korea for, at least, one year.  The reason for termination, retirement or resignation does not effect the applicability of the severance requirement.  Even an employee who is fired due to fault can claim severance pay under Korean law. Severance pay is a statutory liability of the employer.  It doesn’t matter whether an employment

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Right Against Self-Incrimination in Korea

In a Korean trial known as the “Namsan 300 Million Won Case,” two prominent figures, former Shinhan Bank Chairman Shin Sang-hoon and former Shinhan Bank President Lee Baek-soon of Shinhan Financial Group, were acquitted on charges of perjury. The judgment has sparked controversy and raised important questions about the status of witnesses when they themselves are criminal defendants in a case in Korea. Shinhan Bank is one of the largest banks in Korea. Background of the “Namsan 300 Million Won

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What Should I do if I Receive a Korean Summons for a Criminal Investigation in Korea?

CAN KOREAN POLICE ISSUE AND ENFORCE A SUMMONS EVEN WHEN THE SUSPECT RESIDES ABROAD? Yes. The Korean Criminal Procedure Law applies to foreigners who have committed crimes within Korea as well as those who have committed crimes against residents of Korea while residing outside of Korea. Upon suspicion of a crime, the Korean police and Korean prosecution may move to demand the foreign suspect to attend an investigation in Korea. Thus, typically, the Korean Prosecution Services issues a summons. The

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Proposed Amendments to the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Law: 2023

Proposed Amendments to the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Law: Extending Merger Notification Exemptions and Adding a Voluntary Commitment System. The Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act (MRFTA) is being revised, and the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has released an advance notice of these proposed changes, which include, among other things, (i) expanding merger notification exemptions; and (ii) introducing commitment processes for merger control. (the “Proposed Revisions”). The KFTC will solicit and compile feedback on the Proposed Revisions during

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Korean Electronic Travel Application (K- ETA) Explained

K-ETA (Korea Electronic Travel Authorization) is an online electronic travel authorization for travelers without a visa to Korea that can be obtained prior to entering the Republic of Korea (ROK) for leisure, business, or to visit family (except for profit-making projects). If you are planning to visit South Korea and want to apply for the K-ETA, you can visit the official K-ETA website or its mobile application and submit an application on your own behalf or on behalf of another

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Appointment of a Guardian in Korea

Those abroad or in Korea frequently struggle to comprehend how to safeguard their elderly parents, or family members who are residing in Korea. Don’t fret, a system is in place in Korea to assist families in need. Korean Guardianship Law was revised to meet the growing need for guardians in Korea. For a list of the type of Guardians in Korea please see: The Formalities under the Guardian Law of Korea The need for adult guardianship among seniors residing in

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Force Majeure Jurisprudence in the Republic of Korea

Korea has recently been affected by typhoons and severe flooding caused by the heaviest rainfall in centuries. These issues led to the loss of life, property, business and the livelihood of many individuals. Many alleged defaulting/breaching parties to an agreement have claimed Force Majeure as a defense to non-performance of contractual obligations. A Korean court recognized Force Majeure Event offers relief to the alleged defaulting/breaching party, in Korea, if the party fulfils the legal requirements noted below. Force Majeure Defined

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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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