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In keeping with the globalized era, Yulchon operates a specialized VietnamㆍSoutheast Asia Practice Group composed of Korean, Vietnamese, U.S. and Myanmar lawyers and legal experts. Based on our vast experience in handling investments and transactions concerning Southeast Asian nations such as Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Malaysia, along with our long-standing collaborative relationships with numerous renowned international law firms, we provide specialized and systematic legal services customized to the region. In order to provide our clients with efficient legal assistance in their Vietnam investments, we established a local office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in August of 2007 and the Hanoi Office in January of 2010.

Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Indonesia, have been rising as a new hot spot for investment on the strength of their continuous economic growth and enthusiastic foreign investment policies. And yet, domestic and foreign investors or potential investors encounter numerous difficulties due to the unfamiliar legal systems of the region.

Yulchon VietnamㆍSoutheast Asia Practice Group prides itself in its accumulated experience and knowledge of the legalities surrounding investments in the Southeast Asian region. Armed with the utmost experience and expertise, we strive to provide legal services befitting each nation’s legal system and its respective economic and cultural peculiarities, to meet all the investment needs of our clients.


 

Major Practice Areas

       
  • Direct Investment, Strategic Joint Ventures and Establishment of Local Offices
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  • International/Domestic Finance and Project Finance
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  • M&A and General Corporate Affairs
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  • Development and Sales of Real Estate and SOC Projects
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  • International Taxation, General Taxation, Customs and Trade
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  • Labor Law
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  • Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring
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  • Dispute Resolution Related Advice (including litigation and arbitration)

Vietnam Related Cases

  • Advised a major Korean company on its acquisition of a real estate development project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • Counseled a Korean securities company in a Vietnam civil lawsuit regarding loans.
  • Advised a Korean logistics company on its joint venture for logistics in Vietnam.
  • Advised a major Korean distribution company on its joint venture for distribution in Vietnam.
  • Advised a Korean investment company on its share purchase of a Vietnamese listed company.
  • Advised a major Korean home shopping company on its share purchase of a Vietnam distribution company.
  • Conducted legal due diligence for a major Korean company in its acquisition of a Hanoi real estate development project.
  • Advised a Korean construction company on preparing a feasibility report on Hanoi railway project.
  • Advised a major Korean company on its acquisition of a real estate development company in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • Advised on project financing transactions regarding an apartment development project in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Advised a major Korean construction company on preparing a feasibility report on a railway BOT project in Vietnam.
  • Advised a major Korean construction company on a real estate development project in Hanoi.
  • Advised a Korean securities company on its share purchase of a Vietnam securities company.
  • Advised a major Korean company on establishing a distribution company in Vietnam.
  • Advised a major Korean company on food and beverage franchise in Vietnam.
  • Advised a major Korean construction company on its railway BOT project in Vietnam.
  • Advised a major Korean company on its acquisition of a mega commercial and residential complex development project in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Advised a major Korean construction company on its acquisition of large commercial and residential complex project in Vietnam.
  • Advanced Korean financial institutions on project financing of numerous real estate development projects in Vietnam.
  • Advised a major Korean construction company on its construction of a large commercial and residential complex and on its commission contract for hotel management with a world-renowned hotel management company.
  • Advised a Korean transportation and logistics company on obtaining an investment license and establishing an investment joint venture.
  • Advised a major Korean construction company on a new-town-level real estate development project (in collaboration with a Vietnam state-owned enterprise).
  • Advised a Korean securities company and a project company on carrying out their Vietnam golf course and resort development project through real estate fund management.

Myanmar Related Cases

       
  • Advised a major Korean company on a hotel development project in Yangon.
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  • Advised a Korean telecommunications company on concluding a service contract with a Myanmar company for maintenance and repair of E-Learning system.
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  • Advised a major Korean company on payment issues regarding exports to Myanmar.
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  • Advised a Korean conglomerate on the advancement of its affiliates into Myanmar.
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  • Prepared a legal guidebook on Myanmar investment under a research request by the Presidential Council on National Competitiveness and the Ministry of Justice.
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  • Presented studies on Myanmar investment laws and regulations at the Asian Forum of Legislative Information Affairs held by the Ministry of Government Legislation.
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  • Conducted comparative studies on Myanmar arbitration bill under a research request by the Ministry of Justice.

Indonesia Related Cases

       
  • Advised a major Korean company on its share purchase of an Indonesian palm plantation company.
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  • Advised a Korean construction company on preparing a business feasibility report on shipping coal by rail or sea from South Sumatra.
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  • Advised and represented a major Korean company regarding its sale of an Indonesian local company.
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  • Advised a major Korean company on its entrance into the Indonesian retail market and its establishment of a new retail company.
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  • Advised a major Korean company on its acquisition of an Indonesian chain of warehouse clubs (Makro Indonesia). 
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  • Assisted a Korean financial holding company in its acquisition of Dongsuh Kolibindo (an Indonesian securities firm) by conducting legal due diligence and advising on its business structure.
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  • Assisted a major Korean IT company in its acquisition of an Indonesian company in the Electronic Data Capture business, by conducting legal due diligence and advising on its business structure.
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  • Advised an Indonesian joint venture of a major Korean company on concluding a long-term coal supply contract with Philippines’ IPP.
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  • Advised a major Korean company on Indonesia’s investment structure in its acquisition of Indonesian coal mines.
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  • Advised on various biofuel production projects.
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  • Advised a major Korean company on establishing a new retail company to enter Indonesia’s retail market.
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  • Advised a major Korean company on its acquisition of a major Indonesian supermarket.
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  • Advised a major Korean company on advancing into Indonesia’s franchise industry.

Malaysia Related Cases

       
  • Advised a Korean asset management company in its purchase of a new condominium and apartment in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
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  • Advised a Korean asset management company on its purchase of a condominium in Sunway South Quay.
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  • Advised a Korean asset management company on its purchase of a new office building in Central Kuala Lumpur. 
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  • Advised a Korean asset management company on its purchase of an office building in Kuala Lumpur through tender. 
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  • Advised a Korean company on establishing an offshore company in Lubuan, Malaysia.
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  • Advised a major construction company in its purchase of a building site for residential development within Kuala Lumpur.
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  • Advised a Korean financial company on organizing a commercial and residential complex development project in Kuala Lumpur.
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  • Advised a Korean company on a project to establish a cogeneration plant.
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  • Advised a Korean petrochemical company on its acquisition of Malaysia’s largest petrochemical company.
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  • Advised a Korean bank on issuance of 3-year bonds and 30-month bonds worth a billion ringgit ($284 million USD) with payment guarantee from the government.

Thailand and Singapore Related Cases

       
  • Advised a major Korean company on the sale of its overseas subsidiary company to a major Thailand company. 
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  • Advised a Korean bank on issuance of 8 billion THB worth of bonds.
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  • Advised a Korean gas company on establishing a Thailand joint venture.
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  • Advised a major Korean company on engaging in a joint venture to implement a Thailand construction project for a solar power plant. 
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  • Advised a major Korean franchise on establishing a joint venture in Singapore.
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  • Advised on project financing of a biomass plant project in Thailand.
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  • Advised a Korean IT company and a Thailand company on a joint project to sell and offer after-sales services for electronics in the Southeast Asian region.
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  • Advised a major Korean company on issuance of Singaporean overseas bonds worth 4 hundred million dollars.
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  • Advised and represented a major Korean company on issuance of Singaporean overseas bonds worth 5 hundred million dollars.
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  • Advised STX Group on its acquisition of Bum Yang Shipping Company(the current STX Pan Ocean); Advised STX Pan Ocean on getting listed on the SingaporeㆍKorean stock exchange.
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  • Advised a Korean investment company on establishing an overseas branch in Singapore.
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  • Advised a Korean insurance company on establishing an overseas branch in Singapore.
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  • Advised a major Korean franchise on establishing a joint venture company in Singapore.
  • 2011-01-02 Tax Affairs and Reliefs of Vietnam for Foreign Investors (Co-authored)(2011) 
  • 2009-10-29 “Legal limitation and Reform on Real Estate Development Business in Cambodia: Focused on the Foreign Investment law and Real Estate Laws of Cambodia,” Korean Association for Public Administration and Asian Public Administration Forum (2009) 
  • 2009-10-27 Cambodia Investment Legal Guide (2008) 
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