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"The firm exerts its best effort to adapt to rapidly changing legal markets without being complacent."
– Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019

Overview

The Energy Practice consists of over 30 experts in law, finance, accounting, tax, government regulation, economy and overseas investment, who have broad experience and expertise in all aspects of the energy, natural resources, power generation and environment sectors.

Based on deep understanding of the industry which we have accumulated for a long period of time through numerous energy, resource development and power generation projects, we provide one-stop service on all areas of project implementation, including business development, project financing, M&A and dispute.  Through close cooperation with international law/accounting firms, our professionals continue to bring a global perspective and experience to the Practice and incorporate them into our in-depth knowledge of the culture and industry of local companies, thereby enabling us to provide world-class service to our clients.  

Key Servicesshow

Energy and Natural Resources Projects

Our Energy Practice offers comprehensive advice on all aspects of power projects (including IPP), and natural resources projects, involving oil, gas, coal, mineral, renewable and other energy resources.  In particular, as the Korean power market is experiencing a drastic policy change due to reduction of conventional fossil fuel and its transition to renewable energy, we provide customized services taking into account each client’s specific needs. 

 

M&A of Energy and Natural Resources Companies

In connection with merger or acquisition of assets/shares of energy, natural resources, and power generation companies, we provide comprehensive advice to our clients throughout the transactions from deal structuring and due diligence to drafting and negotiation of transaction agreements, acquisition financing, and securing necessary government permits/approvals.

 

Domestic and International Policy and Regulations

Our Energy Practice also provides advice on laws and regulations, government policies, and permits and licenses in the field of energy, natural resources and power generation such as land, health and safety, waste, pollution, community relations, tax and environment (including climate change, carbon emission and environmental impact assessment).  As the energy industry in Korea is currently facing new opportunities as well as challenges arising from a drastic change in the domestic and international policies as indicated above, our Energy Practice offers practical advice based on our know-how in analyzing the regulators’ intention and the sustainability of relevant regulations, which can be utilized in clients’ long-term decision-making.

 

Domestic and International Litigation and Arbitration

In addition to helping clients to identify and prevent potential disputes that may arise from energy, natural resources and power generation projects, we support clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings in various jurisdictions and assist them with related fact-findings and legal analyses.

Key Experiencesshow

Our clients are major Korean and multinational companies engaged in power, conventional and renewable energy and natural resources business and include a wide range of players in the field covering importers and distributors of energy products to investment companies, government institutions, real estate developers, financial institutions, insurance companies and shipping companies.

 

Domestic Transactions
  • Represented Samtan Co., Ltd and Shinhan Alternative Investment Management Inc in its acquisition of 100% shares of Yeongyang Wind Corporation and Youngduk Wind Power Co., Ltd.

  • Represented Electricity Generating Public Company Limited in its acquisition of 49% interest in Paju Energy Service Co, Ltd.

  • Represented Hahn & Company Private Equity Group in its acquisition of 27.5% stake in SK D&D

  • Represented Korea Development Bank in project financing of Samcheok thermal power plant sponsored by POSCO Energy, POSCO E&C and Doosan Heavy, and also advised KDB Infrastructure Investments Asset Management Co., Ltd. and Multi Asset Global Investments with their equity investment

  • Represented Gangreung Eco Power Co., Ltd. set up by KOEN, Samsung C&T and financial investors in connection with the development, construction and financing of a coal-fired power plant being constructed in Gangneung, Gangwon-do

  • Represented Goseong Green Power Co., Ltd. in its project financing for a private coal-fired power plant in Goseong county of Gyeongsangnam province in Korea, and provided legal advice on all aspects of the development of project and project contracts including the EPC contract, O&M agreement, and coal supply agreement

  • Represented Anchor Equity Partners in its sale of stake in Kyungnam Energy

  • Represented Shinhan Bank in connection with the project financing for 30.8MW fuel cell in a combined heat and power generation complex in Busan, Korea 

  • Represented E&F Private Equity in its acquisition of 100% share in Young Hung Industry Environment Co., Ltd., a major construction waste treatment company in Choongcheong area of Korea

  • Represented Calista Capital Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of majority shares in Hankuk Plant Service Co., Ltd.

  • Represented SABIC in its formation of a joint venture for the commercialization and development of Nexlene technology with SK Global Chemical

  • Represented Petrochemical Industries Company in its acquisition of shares in SK Advanced from SK Gas

  • Represented Posco Energy in its acquisition of Dongyang Power

  • Represented a private equity fund managed by Macquarie Group in the acquisition of Yeong Yang Wind Power Corporation

  • Represented KDB Daewoo Securities Co., Ltd. in project financing for the 38.9 MW photovoltaic power project in Yeongwol, Korea

  • Represented TaeguTec in its acquisition of the Sandong tungsten mines in Gangwon-do, Korea

  • Represented Korea Western Power in its combined-cycle power plant project in Dongducheon, Korea

  • Represented a Korean heavy industry company with its wind power project in Taebaek, Korea

  • Represented a sponsor in financing of a cogeneration project in Gimcheon, Korea

  • Represented a Korean private equity fund in its acquisition of Kangnam City Gas Corporation

  • Represented a Korean company in its construction of and fuel supply for a 100MW biomass plant in Dangjin, Korea

  • Represented KIAMCO in its acquisition of a 15MW photovoltaic project in Gochang, Jeollabuk-do, Korea

  • Represented a financial arranger in financing for a cogeneration project in Iksan, Korea

  • Represented a Korean company in its 800MW combined-cycle power plant in Osung, Korea

  • Represented a Korean company in its Byeollae cogeneration project in Namyangju, Korea

  • Represented Toshiba in its investment into Unison, one of Korea’s largest wind power companies

  • Represented a Japanese company in its attempted acquisition of a power plant and water treatment facility in Seosan, Korea

  • Represented Marubeni in its sale of shares in Youngduk Wind Power

  • Represented sponsors in financing for a combined heat and power project in Yeosu, Korea

  • Represented Eurus Energy in its acquisition of a photovoltaic power plant in Jindo, Korea

  • Represented Eco Energy in its arbitration with the Korean government related to the 50MW Sudokwon landfill gas project

  • Represented a Korean company in its construction of blast furnace tail gas power plants in Gwangyang and Pohang, Korea

  • Represented an ECA financing arranger in an LNG combined-cycle power plant construction in Incheon, Korea

  • Represented a Japanese company in financing of a wind power project in the Taegisan area, Korea

 

Overseas Transactions
  • Advised the Export-Import Bank of Korea in its participation in the project financing of Canakkale 1915 Bridge Project in Turkey

  • Advised the Export-Import Bank of Korea in its participation in the project financing of Mina Justa copper mining project in Peru

  • Acted as Korean legal counsel to the lenders on the Agricultural Mechanization Project in Angola

  • Represented Korea Gas Corporation in securitizing its rights to profits from gas fields in Myanmar

  • Represented the Export-Import Bank of Korea in a project financing transaction involving the construction and operation of a coal-fired power plant in the Republic of Botswana (2*150MW) 

  • Represented the Export-Import Bank of Korea and Korea Trade Insurance Corporation in project financing of FLNG project in Mozambique 

  • Represented SAMTAN Co., Ltd. in its sale of controlling stake in PT. KIDECO JAYA AGUNG, an Indonesian coal mining company, to a listed Indonesian company, PT. Indika Energy Tbk 

  • Represented the Export-Import Bank of Korea and other lenders in refinancing of the gas-gathering pipeline business in the US 

  • Represented Samsung Asset Management in its acquisition of equity interest in four gas distribution companies in the United Kingdom through their investment in Samsung UK Gas Infrastructure Investment Trust (Nos.1 and 2) 

  • Represented KDB Infrastructure Investment Asset Management Co., Ltd. and KB Asset Management in participation of financing for Shuaibah SWRO Expansion-II IWP seawater desalination plant project in Saudi Arabia

  • Represented KDB Infrastructure Investment Asset Management Co., Ltd. and Hanwha Energy Corporation in its acquisition of 51.5% of shares in the 110MW Bannerton Solar Project in Australia. 

  • Advised Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. in its feasibility study of Nuclear New Build Project in the UK 

  • Represented a leading Korean solar power business in its acquisition of five US entities developing solar power plants in the US 

  • Represented Korea Development Bank in connection with the project financing for a 28MW solar photovoltaic power generation facility to be supplied to a Japanese power company, the Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc. 

  • Represented National Pension Service in its investment in an oil storage operator in Singapore 

  • Represented Korea East-West Power in its participation in the Kalsel-1 2x100MW coal-fired power project in Indonesia 

  • Represented a Korean company in its investment to develop a ferrosilicon aluminum (FeSiAl) plant to be built in Kyrgyzstan 

  • Represented a UK fund in its acquisition of energy-related assets from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. 

  • Represented a consortium led by POSCO in its acquisition of stake in the business of ArcelorMittal Mines Canada 

  • Represented Hyundai Engineering & Construction on an hydropower IPP project in Indonesia 

  • Represented Korea National Oil Corporation in connection with the restructuring of its investment in EP Energy Corporation 

  • Represented Korea South-East Power Co., Ltd. in its 40% equity investment in an Indian company developing a coal based power generation plant in Maharashtra, India 

  • Represented Korea National Oil Corporation in its sale of shares in Ankor oil field 

  • Represented Korea Electric Power Corporation in its acquisition of the Gas Hills uranium project located in Wyoming, US

  • Represented Korea National Oil Corporation in its attempt to acquire a Kazakh oil exploration company 

  • Represented POSCO Energy in its capital injection in FuelCell Energy, Inc. 

  • Represented Korea Midland Power and Posco Engineering in a hydropower plant project in Wampu, Indonesia

  • Represented Korea Water Resources Corporation in a hydropower plant project in Pakistan 

  • Represented Korea National Oil Corporation in its acquisition of oil & gas assets from El Paso Corporation 

  • Represented the Global Infrafund with its feasibility study of a wind power project (155MW) in Romania 

  • Represented Korea East-West Power in its coal-fired power project in Southern Kalimantan, Indonesia 

  • Represented the Korea Development Bank in its project financing of a POIC biomass cogeneration project in Malaysia 

  • Represented the Korea Development Bank in its financing for photovoltaic projects in Bulgaria 

  • Represented a Korean company in its investment in a coal mine and establishment of a joint venture in Indonesia 

  • Represented a Korean company in its acquisition of a coal mine and execution of a long-term supply agreement in the US 

  • Represented Korea Southern Power in its wind power project in Jhimpir, Pakistan 

  • Represented Hyundai Heavy Industries with its acquisition of 100% shares in a German wind power company 

  • Represented Korea National Oil Corporation in its acquisition of Altius Holdings Inc. 

  • Represented a Korean company with bituminous coal mine development project in Sakhalin, Russia 

  • Represented the Korea Development Bank and Samsung C&T in the acquisition of photovoltaic power plants in southern Italy

  • Represented Korea Electric Power Corporation with its nuclear power project in Sinop, Turkey 

  • Represented Korea Electric Power Corporation in its acquisition of a uranium mine project in Niger 

  • Represented Korea National Oil Corporation in its acquisition of Sumbe JSC in Kazakhstan and repayment of Sumbe’s bank debts 

  • Represented a Korean chemical company in its acquisition of a NASDAQ-listed solar power company in the US

  • Represented a Korean heavy industry company in its sale of shares in its Sri Lankan subsidiary engaged in power construction and desalination business 

  • Represented Daewoo International in its gas field development project in Myanmar 

  • Represented Korea East West Power in its 30MW power project in Haiti 

  • Represented a Korean company in its 84MW hydropower plant project in New Bong, Pakistan 

  • Represented Korea Resources Corporation in its uranium mine development project in Niger

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