East Asian Trilateral Agreement

by: Serhan Ayhan

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM



In May, leaders from China, Japan, and South Korea agreed to begin serious negotiations on a trilateral free-trade agreement. By combining the world’s second, third, and twelfth largest economies, such an agreement would rival the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement, and thus redraw the global tra...

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South Korea Update: What Does the KORUS Hold For US and UK Law Firms

by: Serhan Ayhan

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 7:07 PM



South Korea’s economy has prospered, seeing a $2.2 million trade surplus in April and $2.4 million in May since the KORUS free trade agreement was signed.US firms such as Cleary Gottlieb and Paul Hastings were among the first to announce thDLat they would be opening Seoul offices following the FTA.The trade deal has alr...

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Paul Hastings plans South Korea Expansion

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Posted on June 29, 2011 at 6:06 PM



US-based law firm, Paul Hastings, is planning an expansion to South Korea, citing the increase in M&A and capital markets activity that we have seen in the past few years.However, this expansion (their destination is Seoul) has not been so easy to pursue. Due to the current restriction on foreign law firms in Sou...

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Prada Lowers IPO Expectations As Market Declines

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Posted on June 22, 2011 at 4:06 PM



Thursday, in Hong Kong, Samsonite & Prada were disappointed as their projected successes from their IPOs had setbacks.  Prada lowered its price for its listing in Hong Kong and Samsonite fell tremendously on their first trading day in HK.  These actions reflect a global trend of poor market debuts and selling across...

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US-China Exchange Rate

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Posted on September 23, 2010 at 6:09 PM



Some economists are suggesting that if China would stop manipulating its currency by keeping is artificially undervalued as a means of increasing its exports and fueling its tremendous economic growth. China has undervalued the renminbi for most of the past decade in order to aid its booming export-driven economy. Ch...

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BlackRock to Capitilize on Asia Growth

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Posted on September 20, 2010 at 8:09 PM



BlackRock is expecting Hong Kong to be China’s New York due to the “transformational event” of the internationalization of the renminbi. Last week, the US asset manager sent a 35-strong delegation of portfolio managers to Hong Kong to underline its optimism about the growth prospects of the Asia-Pacific region in relat...

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New Associates Weather the Recession Well in Asia

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Posted on February 16, 2010 at 10:02 AM



Many young lawyers in the United States are picking up the pieces and trying to sort out their next career moves after the 2009 recession left them with deferred start dates at big firms or, worse, jobless. "As the profession lurches through its worst slump in decades, with jobs and bonuses cut and internal pressures to...

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Deal Watch - 1/25/10

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Posted on January 25, 2010 at 7:01 PM



Kim & Chang has represented IMM Rosegold Private Equity Fund with the KRW 139.6 billion acquisition by Chiron Inc of a 17.03 percent share in Novelis Korea Co Ltd, the Korean subsidiary of worldwide aluminum manufacturer Novelis Inc. Chiron Inc, a special purpose company established by IMM and two other investors,...

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Deal Watch - 12/02/09

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Posted on December 3, 2009 at 4:12 AM



Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has represented JP Morgan Securities Ltd as sole dealer manager in regards to a cash tender offer by Noble Group Limited to acquire up to approximately US$488 million of its outstanding US$680 million 6.625% senior notes due 2015. The firm’s team was led by Hong Kong-based partner William F...

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Korean Lawyers Cautious of New Legal Industry Measures

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Posted on December 3, 2009 at 12:12 AM



Some new measures intended to improve Korea’s legal industry have been a cause of concern among the Korean legal profession. Some of the measures put forth are to raise the number of newly qualified lawyers; remove advertising restrictions on lawyers and firms; create ‘multidisciplinary’ firms that offer legal, accounti...

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