Capital Markets


Our market-leading capital markets team is a pioneer in Korean capital markets and unique transactions in Korean capital markets history are our hallmark. We are a leader in complex capital markets transactions and are known for our intellectual depth and industry insight. In the areas of securitization, DCM, ECM and derivatives, our capital markets team is unmatched. Not only can we advise on the largest and most complex structured transactions, we also advise on vanilla transactions efficiently. We are considered the leading firm in this area by all major legal directories, such as Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Asia-Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. Our capital markets team has over 30 lawyers dedicated to capital markets matters, working with other practice groups on a regular basis.

Key Services

Our capital markets practice’s services include advising on:

  • IPOs and listings, including listing of foreign companies in Korea
  • Overseas issuance of DRs by domestic companies
  • Issuance of foreign and domestic bonds (including CBs and BWs) by domestic companies and issuance of hybrid bonds
  • Issuance of bonds in Korea by foreign companies
  • ING Life Insurance IPO
  • Netmarble Games IPO
  • Acushnet Holdings IPO (listing on NYSE)
  • Mirae Asset Life Insurance IPO
  • Samsung SDS IPO
  • BGF Retial IPO
  • Mando IPO
  • Samsung Life Insurance IPO
  • Fila Korea IPO
  • Korea Life Insurance IPO
  • Tong Yang Life Insurance IPO
  • Korea District Heating Corp. IPO
  • SK C&C IPO
  • Jinro IPO
  • Samsung Card IPO
DR issuance
  • Youngone Corporation US$111million GDR
  • Hynix Seminconductor US$747 million GDR
  • Macquarie Korea Infrastructure Fund US$742,000,000 GDR (the first dual listing in Korea and London by a Korean investment company)
  • Gravity US$108 million (listing on NASDAQ)
  • Kumho Tire US$360 million GDR (the first dual listing in Korea and London by a Korean company)
  • LG Philips LCD US$800,000,000 ADR (the first dual listing in Korea and New York by a Korean company)
Overseas bond issuance
  • Industrial Bank of Korea US$ 300 million MTN
  • Export-Import Bank of Korea US$500,000,000 FRN, US$ 500,000,000 Notes (2.125% due 2020), US$500,000,000 (2.750% due 2022) Notes
  • Shinhan Bank US$500,000,0000 Basel III Tier II Subordinated Unsecured Notes
  • Shinhan Capital US$800,000,000 Shogun Bond
  • Kakao KRW230,000,000,000 USD-Settled Zero Coupon Guaranteed EB
  • Nomura International Funding Pte. Ltd. KRW120,000,000,000 Arirang Bond
  • PT CJ Cheil Jedang Indonesia EUR200,000,000 Fixed rate Note
  • Hyundai Merchant Marine US$221,600,000 EB
  • Korea Resources Corporation US$350,000,000 Note
  • Daewoo International US$138,000,000 FRN
  • SK E&S US$300,000,000 Hybrid Bond
  • GS Construction US$100,000,000 CB
Awards and Rankings
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  • Ranked Band 1 Law Firm for Capital Markets
    Chambers Global / Chambers Asia 2009-2014, 2017, 2019-2024
  • Ranked Tier 1 Law Firm for Capital Markets
    IFLR 1000, 2006-2023
  • Ranked Tier 1 Law Firm for Capital Markets
    Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2006-2023
  • Capital Markets Firm of the Year
    Asialaw Awards 2022/23
  • Equity Deal of the Year: Kakaobank IPO
    IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2022
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year: Hyundai Capital’s Global Medium Term Note
    ALB Korea Law Awards 2019
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year: Export-Import Bank of Korea’s Floating Rate Notes Offering
    ALB Korea Law Awards 2018
  • Equity Market Deal of the Year: Mirae Asset Life Insurance IPO
    ALB Korea Law Awards 2016
  • Best IPO Legal Advisors
    The bell League Table Awards 2014
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year: Doosan Infracore's Senior Capital Securities Offering
    ALB Korea Law Awards 2013
  • Best Korea Deal: Samsung Life Insurance’s US$4.4 Billion IPO
    FinanceAsia 2011
  • Ranked No.1 in the world in legal advisory services for IPOs in the firms quarter of 2010 based on the number of IPO cases
    Bloomberg’s AP Legal Advisory