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LAWYER OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER 2022

18 October 2022 by asialaw

asialaw's Lawyer of the Month for October 2022 is...

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Advised Cigna Corporation on its Sale of LINA Korea to Chubb Limited

31 January 2023 by Kim & Chang - South Korea

On October 7, 2021, Cigna group entered a stock purchase agreement to sell the equity interests of certain companies operating across seven countries, including LINA Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (“LINA Life”) and Cigna Korea, to Chubb group for USD $5.75 billion in cash (this event is hereby referred to as “the Transaction”). The Transaction was successfully completed on July 1, 2022. Kim & Chang advised Cigna Group in this transaction with respect to due diligence on LINA Life and other divested companies in Korea, review and execution of the stock purchase agreement and other legal advice necessary or required for the transaction.

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2023 Capital Markets Regulation Trends and its Impacts on Corporations

18 January 2023 by Hyunjoo Oh, partner, Lee & Ko

Much of what was discussed in the new administration's capital market policy prospects in early 2022 was carried over from election pledges. That may be why the general market protection policy was widely deployed. Regulatory authority’s intention to regulate unfair trade has been announced several times and is reflected in regulation and supervision in a variety of ways. Robust financial supervisory authorities, a revived joint investigation team for securities crimes at the prosecutor’s office, and special provisions regarding listed companies in the Financial Service and Capital Markets Act of Korea (“FSCMA”) are actively working together. Let's take a look at the impact this regulatory trend will have on listed companies in 2023.

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Korea’s Draft Amendment to the Civil Act May Mean Statutory Protection for ‘Right of Publicity’

17 January 2023 by Lee & Ko - South Korea

As the use of content platforms continues to grow around the world, Korea is revisiting the debate on who should be allowed to benefit from a person’s name, likeness, or other indicia of personal identity. In a global environment where almost anyone can obtain public notoriety, Korea is seeking to foster a balanced approach to unfair competition and IP enforcement by bolstering statutory protections during a time when avenues to profit from individual rights of publicity have expanded.

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KFTC Proposes Revisions to Merger Review Guidelines and Merger Filing Guidelines

14 December 2022 by Lee & Ko - South Korea

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (“KFTC”) proposed revisions to the Merger Review Guidelines and the Merger Filing Guidelines to facilitate merger reviews of certain investments and to expedite their review process.

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Hanwha Energy Raises AUD 150 million to Expand its Renewable Energy Business in Australia

08 December 2022 by Kim & Chang - South Korea

The restructuring of Hanwha Energy Corporation’s (“HEC”) investments in the Gregadoo and Jindera solar farms in Australia (the “Assets”), which involved the transfer of the Assets from Hanwha Energy Singapore (“HES”) to Hanwha Energy Australia (“HEA”) in consideration of HES’s subscription of shares in HEA (hereby referred to as the “First Transaction”).

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Korea Includes Nuclear Power in the Revised K-Taxonomy

07 November 2022 by Jipyong - South Korea

With the looming energy crisis in Europe reviving nuclear power plants globally , new light has been shed on the role of nuclear power in pursuit of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Skyrocketing Material Prices’ Impact on Construction Contracts and Impending Amendment to Korean Fair Transactions in Subcontracting Act

04 October 2022 by Jipyong - South Korea

While the global economy is suffering from COVID-19 related recession and political unrest, the construction industry has been hit especially hard by surging prices of materials and wages. Subcontractors in particular are suffering huge losses. To cushion the harsh blow to contractors and subcontractors, the Korean government has introduced a mechanism called “Supply Cost Linkage System” effective September 2022. Through this system, increases in raw material prices can be automatically reflected and incorporated into construction costs. This system, however, is not mandatory under the current law, and several bills to amend the Fair Transactions in Subcontracting Act (the “Subcontracting Act”) are being introduced one after another.

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DEAL OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER 2022

22 September 2022 by asialaw

asialaw's Deal of the Month for September 2022 is...

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LAWYER OF THE MONTH - SEPTEMBER 2022

22 September 2022 by asialaw

asialaw's Lawyer of the Month for September 2022 is...