Legal Business

Korea still a boon for global firms as A&O, White & Case set up shop

Global 100 firms continue to pile into South Korea, with Allen & Overy (A&O) and White & Case launching in Seoul in recent weeks, while disputes boutique Kobre & Kim has also opened a base in the Korean capital.

White & Case launched an office in Seoul in the summer with plans to relocate three partners and build on relationships with project finance clients. The venture is led by James Lee, who heads the Korea practice group and relocated to Seoul from Los Angeles. He will be joined initially by Mark Goodrich, a construction partner in London who will also transfer to Seoul, and Hong Kong partner Kyungseok Kim, who recently joined the firm’s M&A practice from Linklaters where he was an associate.