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Practice Area|Corporate

Mergers & Acquisitions

Jipyong's M&A Team possesses wide range of experiences of domestic and international M&A practices, including mergers, stock acquisitions, business transfers, asset transfers, spin-offs, and hostile takeovers, being highly appreciated by the clients not only for their expertise and theoretical knowledge but also for relentless devotion.

Jipyong's M&A Team provides effective and prompt advice and appropriate solution regarding transaction structure and relevant legal issues befitting each transaction purpose and conditions from the initial stage of a project to its successful completion. With in-depth, specialized expertise that encompasses multiple jurisdictions, our highly qualified attorneys provide advice on the full spectrum of legal issues that may arise during an M&A transaction, such as ones related to fair trade, tax, labor, litigation, bankruptcy, and industry-specific regulations. We also maintain close relationships with investment banks, accounting firms and consulting firms within and outside of Korea to satisfy all the clients in M&A transactions.

As a result, Jipyong's M&A Team was ranked No. 2 by the leading international legal directories and publications, such as International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000 from 2012 to 2019, ranked No. 1 in the local M&A practice area and No. 6 in Asia-Pacific region (Announced by M&A journals and Thomson Reuters).

Key Practice Areas Close

    • Development of strategy and structure for various M&A transactions, such as mergers, acquisitions of shares/businesses/assets, backdoor listings and spin-offs
    • Legal due diligence for M&A
    • Fair trade, tax, labor, intellectual property law issues that arise during the course of M&A transactions
    • Drafting, reviewing and consulting of transactional documents in Korean and other languages
    • Government and media relations during M&A transactions
    • Management rights disputes, court filings and other criminal issue related advice related to hostile takeovers

Experience Close

    • Advised SK Materials Co., Ltd. on its merger into SK Inc.
    • Advised SK Innovation Co., Ltd. on split-off of the battery and E&P business divisions
    • Advised 11 companies including Naver Financial Corporation, Mirae Asset – Naver Asia Growth Investment Pte. Ltd., STIC Pan-Asia HF Cayman Limited, etc. on investment in HappyFresh, a food delivery services platform which carries out its business in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, etc.
    • Advised SK ecoplant co.,Ltd. on acquisition of DDS Co., Ltd.
    • Advised Puzzle Investment Korea on a PEF’s acquisition of Food Farm International Co., Ltd.
    • Advised Hweechan on the acquisition of SKPINX
    • Advised ST Leaders Private Equity on a PEF’s acquisition of Hyosung Capital Co., Ltd.
    • Advised Seoul City Gas Co., Ltd., the second-largest shareholder of Vitesco Technologies Korea, on the transfer of the entire equity interest in Vitesco Technologies Korea to its largest shareholder Continental AG (Germany)
    • Advised Korea Development Bank on sale of stake in 90 non-financial firms to UAMCO
    • Advised Line Games on acquisition of Zero Games and issuance of new shares with respect to a capital increase with consideration
    • Advised KIWOOM Securities Co., Ltd. on PSK Holdings’ split-off, merger, and re-listing on the KOSDAQ market
    • Advised DGB Capital on acquisition matters such as legal due diligence, preparation and execution of agreements, administrative procedures related to a Cambodian microfinance institution (MFI)
    • Advised NH Capital on legal due diligence and subscription of new shares for investment in IFFCO-Kisan Finance, a subsidiary of Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) which engages in farm tractor financing
    • Advised SK Chemical on execution of a business transfer agreement with Hahn & Company for transfer of the bioenergy business
    • Advised Kanglim on acquisition of Namyeung Vivien
    • Advised SK Trading international and SK Energy, which engage in the business related to petroleum products, on subscription of new shares of Best Oil Company, a Myanmar operating holding company engaging in a petroleum distribution business
    • Advised the major shareholder of Whawon Pharm Co., Ltd. on transfer of Whawon Pharm’s old shares to IMCD Group B.V., a Dutch Company
    • Advised IME Partners on its acquisition of controlling stake to become the largest shareholder of IME International Limited, a Hong Kong-based media and entertainment company
    • Advised Younyi Holdings Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of controlling stake to become the largest shareholder of Younyi Information & Communication Co., Ltd. (KOSDAQ-listed company) and its issuance of new shares/convertible bonds
    • Advised SK Gas on sale of its shares in Eumseoung Natural Gas Power Co., Ltd. and purchase of its shares in Ulsan GPS Corporation
    • Advised SK on due diligence, and execution/completion of an agreement with respect to its acquisition of new and old shares in Hweechan, which engages in the business of development and operation of resorts, etc., on Jeju Island
    • Advised on due diligence, and execution/completion of an agreement with respect to its acquisition of new and old shares in Hweechan, which engages in the business of development and operation of resorts, etc., on Jeju Island
    • Advised Posco P&S on the merger between Posco and Posco P&S
    • Advised SK South East Asia Investment Pte. Ltd., an affiliate of SK, on subscription of new shares in SK Investment Vina II Pte. Ltd., which is SK's investment vehicle established for the investment to Vin Group, a listed company in Vietnam, and shareholders' agreements by/with a fund established by NH Investment & Securities and Oogwasy 2 Inc. (a fund established by Meritz Capital Co., Ltd., Meritz Securities Co., Ltd., and IMM Investment)
    • Advised WITH Innovation Corp., operator of Yeogieotae, a lodgings and activities platform, on sale of old shares of WITH Innovation and sale of management right through issuance of new shares
    • Advised Dongbu Steel and its creditors on the sale of management right to KG Steel and Cactus PE
    • Advised LOOKOptics, CEO Huh Myung Hyo and Seouleaguer on designing of the deal structure to purchase shares from Neoplux and execution of shareholders’ agreement
    • Advised Young In Scientific and other 4 shareholders on the sales of 31.86% of the outstanding shares in Youn In Frontier (a KOSDAQ listed company) to R2Summit and other 3 entities
    • Advised Smilegate Megaport on purchase of shares from the shareholders of Super Creative, a game maker
    • Advised Stick Pan-Asia 4th Industrial Revolution Growth Private Equity Fund on acquisition of new shares issued by Newberry Global Limited, a Hong Kong corporation
    • Advised three clients including Moorim SP on the sale of Moorim Officeway to Office Depot Korea
    • Advised SK Innovation in its acquisition of the whole land and building for the training academy facility from Home Plus
    • Advised POSCO DAEWOO CORPORATION in its acquisition of grain export terminal located at the Port of Nikolaev, Ukraine
    • Advised SK on the sale of shares in SK Securities
    • Advised PEF managed by KCLAVIS and Yojin Construction & Engineering on the acquisition of Hotel Capital
    • Advised STIC Investment on purchase of new (RCPS) and old shares (RCPS) issued by Gold Bricks FMS
    • Advised Socius-Well to Sea Investment consortium on the acquisition of Doosan Engine
    • Advised Metistone Equity Partners on the transfer of shares and management rights in IntroMedic
    • Advised JTBC on NOLL TV business transfer and opening of JTBC4
    • Advised PEF established by IBK Securities on purchase of redeemable convertible preference shares (RCPS) in Pulmuone
    • Advised Kakaomobility on the acquisition of shares in LUXI
    • Represented PEF established by Platform Partners Asset Management in its acquisition of shares from the shareholder of Seoul Airport Limousine
    • Represented White Whale II Private Equity Fund established by WWG Asset Management Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of shares in Hansung Cleantech Co., Ltd. through special purpose company under the Capital Market Act
    • Advised a private equity fund established by IBK PE and SK Securities and a venture fund established by DA Value Investment and ST Leaders Private Equity on the acquisition of existing shares of and redeemable convertible preference shares to be newly issued by BS Rental
    • Advised a consortium of Mirae Technology Co., Ltd. and an affiliate of DaouKiwoom Group as well as Corstone Asia and PEF on its acquisition of management right of and shares in Wisebirds Co., Ltd.
    • Advised shareholders association consisted of 8 financial institutions including KDB on the sales of shares in Oriental Precision & Engineering Co., Ltd.
    • Advised a private equity fund established by Bayside PF on the acquisition of shares in Wellive Co., Ltd. (a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.
    • Advised Hyundai Mipo Dockyard on sale of its shares in Hi Investment & Securities to DGB Financial Group
    • Advised Bobath Memorial Hospital (Neulpureun Medical Foundation) in connection with sales and a court-approved restructuring process (Seoul Bankruptcy Court)
    • Advised SK Airgas on its assignment of special gas manufacturing plant from Air Products Korea
    • Advised SM Entertainment on the due diligence and execution of share sale and purchase agreement and investment agreement for its investment in Mystic Entertainment
    • Advised PineStreet Charging Station Private Equity Investment Trust established by PineStreet Asset Management Co., Ltd. with regard to an asset transfer deal and financial transactions to fund the purchase of LPG stations across Korea from SK Networks
    • Advised the PEF and investment partnership established by Keystone PE and Songhyun PE on the acquisition of shares in Digen Inc.
    • Advised ThothEdu Co., Ltd. on purchase of shares in Gaenyumwonri Co., Ltd.
    • Advised the PEF established by Keystone PE on its acquisition of shares in DSEC Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of DSME Co., Ltd.
    • Advised SK Holding on its acquisition of shares in LG Siltron from LG Corp.
    • Advised Korea Autoglass Corp. on its purchase of shares in Sambu Const. Industrial Co., Ltd. from Sambu Construction Co., Ltd.
    • Advised Keystone Private Equity Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of shares in Dongbu Corporation
    • Advised Kiwoom Securities Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of shares in TS Savings Bank
    • Advised Keystone and UAMCO on acquisition of shares in Kukje Machinery Co., Ltd.
    • Advised Hinno Service Co., Ltd. on its sale of Hiparking Co., Ltd.
    • Advised an individual shareholder in Big II Chicken on execution of a share transfer agreement for BHC’s acquisition of Big II Chicken
    • Advised POSCO ICT on its sale of POSCO LED
    • Advised Seoul Land on its acquisition of shares and the status of dominant shareholder in Donghwa Fresh Produce
    • Advised LS-Nikko Copper Inc. on the sale of Hwachang Co., Ltd., a subsidiary
    • Advised LegoChem Biosciences, Inc. on its merger with a medical device distributor KHANMED Co., Ltd.
    • Advised POSCO ICT on its sale of shares in PONU Tech held by POSCO ICT
    • Advised SK Holdings Co., Ltd. on subscription of new shares in Socar Co., Ltd., a car-sharing company