Legal and Compliance
As securities companies are subject to supervision and regulations of the securities business and in all other aspects of ancillary and concurrent businesses, compliance with the applicable laws and regulations are of utmost importance. The Securities Practice regularly notifies our clients of the laws, regulations, guidelines and standards which are from time to time enacted or amended. We provide advisory services in an expeditious and efficient manner with respect to all legal and regulatory issues and internal control systems relating to the operation of a securities company in Korea.
In particular, our practice provides specialized services with respect to various types of derivatives products and transactions, including ELW and ELS.
Securities Business License
The Securities Practice provides clients with advice and assistance with establishing a securities company or a securities branch, and obtaining the relevant business licenses. Also, we advise existing securities companies or branches on expanding their business scope or obtaining OTC derivatives business license or, futures trading license. Our practice assist in the full scope of the securities business license process from preparation and submission of the application documents, discussion with the relevant regulators, and completion of procedures and reporting.
Securities companies and other financial service providers are subject to regular and on-going audits by the financial supervisory authorities. Our practice provides a comprehensive service to efficiently address government audits for clients, including audit-prep sessions, review of the relevant legal issues, preparation of defense arguments and correspondence with regulators during the audit, and establishment and implementation of corrective action plan.
Acquisition of Securities Companies and Joint Venture
The Securities Practice provides services in the acquisition of or joint ventures with existing securities companies, transaction structuring, drafting and negotiation of transaction documents, and requisite government approvals and reports.
Operation and M&A of Listed Companies
The Securities Practice provides services in relation to various legal and regulatory issues relating to the operation of a listed company and the issues relating to M&A of a listed company.
Litigation, Disputes, and Criminal Cases involving Securities Law Issues
In conjunction with our Litigation & Arbitration Department, the Securities Practice represents our clients in securities related litigation and disputes. In addition, the firm has an excellent Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice that provides advice and defense for the clients in investigation and criminal cases involving violation of securities law and white collar crimes.
The Securities Practice has been representing a large number of Korean and overseas financial investment companies (securities companies, investment banks, asset management companies, and investment advisory companies), as well as listed corporations and investors, for more than 30 years. We have advised most foreign securities companies conducting business in Korea with various necessary business licenses. Based on our expert knowledge and in-depth experience accumulated in the years of practice, our practice has provided customized legal services to many different major clients with diverse needs. Today, Kim & Chang plays a leading role in various areas relating to capital markets and financial investment services as a leader in the securities regulatory practice.
Provided legal and compliance advice to major foreign and domestic securities companies.
Provided services in connection with business licenses for most foreign securities companies conducting business in Korea, including securities business licenses, OTC derivatives business licenses, and futures trading licenses.
Advised on the operation and M&A of major listed companies.
Provided services in connection with acquisition and joint ventures of major securities companies.
Advised on regulatory audits and defenses in the Sanction Review Committee.
Advised on and defended in litigations, disputes, and criminal cases involving securities law issues, such as unfair trading activities.
Advised on public disclosures and filings required by the Securities and Exchange Act for major listed companies and investors.
FSC Announces Final Plan to Strengthen Protection of Investors in High-Risk Investments2019.12.24
International Capital Markets and Securities Regulation: Korea Chapter (2019)2019.11.29
FSC Announces Plans to Relax the Licensing Regime for Financial Investment Businesses2019.11.28
Seminar on Reform of Firewall and Outsourcing Regulations2019.08.21
Government Announces the Launch of the Electronic Securities System (To Become Effective September 2019)2019.05.15
FSC Adopts Amendment to the Regulations on Investigation of Unfair Trading of Securities2019.05.09