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Mergers & Acquisitions

"Handles high-profile sales, acquisitions and joint venture projects on behalf of top-tier local and
international clients from a diverse range of industries."
– Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019

Overview

At Kim & Chang, the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice offers unrivaled expertise on all aspects of domestic, cross-border, private and public M&A transactions for strategic investors, private equity funds and financial institutions.

Our Mergers & Acquisitions Practice is widely recognized as the best in Korea, with numerous recognitions and awards over the years.  The Practice offers a full range of legal services from the pre-deal to post-transaction stages and provides innovative solutions tailored to each transaction.  Our interdisciplinary approach fosters close collaboration with Kim & Chang's other practices to resolve the entire spectrum of issues arising in M&A transactions, such as restructuring, tax, labor, regulatory, compliance and industry-specific issues, and ensures that our clients receive the highest quality service. 

Key Practices

Key Servicesshow

Transaction Structuring

The first important step to facilitate a successful M&A transaction is to optimally structure the transaction at the outset, accounting for the jurisdictions of the parties, the target company's industry, the acquirer's internal objectives and tax implications of the proposed transaction.  We pride ourselves on assisting our clients to arrive at a tax-efficient and legally feasible optimal transaction structure.

 

Due Diligence

Our Practice collaborates with Kim & Chang's other practices to conduct a comprehensive M&A due diligence, including tax, fair trade, real estate, labor and employment, environment, litigation and intellectual property. Our interdisciplinary team enables us to identify and resolve a comprehensive set of issues involving the target company, including through documentation and/or a customized PMI process. 

 

Transaction Documents

With our extensive experience and know-how, we service our clients in drafting, reviewing and negotiating transaction documents to orchestrate a successful agreement by the parties on the key terms to achieve our clients’ objectives. 

 

Closing

Our Practice liaises closely with relevant government authorities to ensure smooth, successful closings of M&A transactions.  We also maintain and operate service teams to manage various corporate, antitrust, regulatory, real estate, intellectual property and other filings and registrations, obviating the need for our clients to engage third party service providers and enhancing our ability to successfully close transactions without compromising confidentiality.

 

PMI (Post-Merger Integration)

Our clients increasingly emphasize post-transaction integration, such as organizational restructuring, personnel reorganization, system integration and other measures to create shareholder value and maximize managerial performance, to realize the upside and synergy effects envisioned at the outset of a M&A transaction.  Our Practice provides a comprehensive one-stop service for PMI matters, including assistance with successful PMI planning, in collaboration with Kim & Chang's other practices, including regulatory, labor, real estate, intellectual property, environment, tax and finance.

Key Experiencesshow

We have handled many of the largest and most complex M&A transactions in Korea, including the vast majority of high-profile cross-border transactions.  Our M&A Practice recently advised on the following transactions, among many others:

 

  • Acquisition of Toshiba Memory Corporation by Consortium including participants from South Korea, the United States and Japan

  • Acquisition of ADT Caps by Consortium of Macquarie Korea Opportunities Management- SKT

  • Acquisition of CJ HealthCare by Korea Kolmar

  • Acquisition of LS Mtron and LS Automotive by KKR

  • Sale of Nanda by Individual Shareholder

  • Acquisition of KUM by Aptiv

  • Sale of Carver Korea by Bain Capital consortium

  • Acquisition of printer business of Samsung Electronics by HP

  • Acquisition of Modern House Home Living Business by MBK Partners

  • Acquisition of Daesung Industrial Gases by MBK Partners 

  • Acquisition of Doubledown Interactive by DoubleU Games and Stic Investment 

  • Acquisition of Hugel by Bain Capital 

  • Acquisition of Hyundai Cement by LK Investment and Hanil Cement 

  • Sale of Kyungnam Energy by Anchor Equity Partners 

  • Acquisition of ABLE C&C by IMM Private Equity 

  • Acquisition of Hyundai Securities by KB Financial Group 

  • Acquisition of IFC Seoul by Brookfield Asset Management 

  • Acquisition of Doosan Infracore's machine tool business by MBK Partners 

  • Acquisition of Mars Entertainment Group by CJ CGV 

  • Sale of Lafarge Halla Cement by LafargeHolcim 

  • Sale of equity interest in Ssangyong Cement by Taiheiyo Cement 

  • Merger of Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries 

  • Merger of SK C&C and SK Holdings 

  • Acquisition of Halla Visteon Climate Control by Hahn & Company

  • Purchase of equity interest in POSCO E&C by Public Investment Fund of the Ministry of Finance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Acquisition of Tong Yang Life Insurance by Anbang Life Insurance

  • Acquisition of Tong Yang Cement & Energy by Sampyo

  • Acquisition of Oriental Brewery by Anheuser-Busch InBev 

  • Genting's formation of a joint venture to develop an integrated resort with Landing 

  • Disposition of equity interest in ADT CAPS security business by Tyco Group 

  • Acquisition of Woori Investment & Securities, Woori Aviva Life Insurance and Woori FG Saving Bank by NongHyup Financial Group

  • Purchase of equity interest in Samsung Corning Precision Materials by Corning Incorporated 

  • Acquisition of Kyongnam Bank by BS Financial Group

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