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Arbitration

  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor in claims for wrongful calling of bond and cross claims for defects in relation to a desalination plant in the UAE – Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC) arbitration;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor in defending claims from Korean subcontractor in relation to major Dubai infrastructure project in Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) arbitration proceedings;
  • Advising and acting for major Korean contractor on a dispute relating to the construction of a sewage system in Abu Dhabi valued at over USD 100 million;
  • Advising and acting for a Korean contractor on ADCCAC Arbitration in respect of a subcontract dispute over the construction of labour camp;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on enforcement of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration award in UAE;
  • Representing a major Korean contractor in an ICC arbitration against Emdad, a local Qatari holding company, in various claims worth QAR 50 million;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor regarding a ratification of an arbitration award issued in the client’s favour in respect of a construction dispute of AED 19,448,254.69;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on execution of foreign judgment for AED 52.8 million in UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean shipping company on enforcement of a London Arbitral Award in the UAE;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on incentivisation initiative of gas project in Abu Dhabi;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor in several arbitration disputes before the Qatar International Centre for Conciliation (QICCA);
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on arbitration case in Qatar;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on arbitral proceedings in Kuwait;
  • Advising and representing a Korean construction company in a SIAC arbitration in connection with the alleged defects of power plants built in India;
  • Advising and representing a Korean IT company in a SIAC arbitration for disputes arising from a healthcare IT collaboration agreement with a Saudi Arabian company;
  • Advising a Korean hotel chain in legal proceedings seeking confirmation of a CIETEC arbitration award;
  • Advising Korean trading and construction companies on prejudgment attachments in aid of AAA SIAC and KCAB arbitrations;
  • Advising major Korean contractors on various commercial and operational matters, claims, local court and arbitration proceedings in the region;
  • Advising and representing a Korean construction company in a SIAC arbitration in connection with the alleged defects of power plants built in India

 

Litigation

  • Advising and acting for a major Korean ICT provider on potential litigation against Dubai Health Authority (DHA) before the Ruler’s Court in Dubai; Further acted as a mediator on a final settlement with DHA;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on litigation case against Health Authority Abu Dhabi;
  • Advising and acting for Korean contractors on various litigation cases before Abu Dhabi Court;
  • Acting as local counsel and legal representative before courts in a number of litigious matters for a major Korean electronics company in Jordan;
  • Advising a Korean shipping company on handling of incidents of vessels;
  • Advising and acting for various Korean trading companies on commercial disputes and litigation in Dubai and Abu Dhabi;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on claims in relation to NASR II Project in UAE;
  • Advising and acting for major Korean conglomerates on recalling products, agency disputes, constructions disputes, and long outstanding debt collections;
  • Advising and representing a Korean supplier in dispute related to supply agreement in UAE;
  • Advising a Korean contractor (SME) on potential dispute with shareholder in UAE;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean trading company on bunker supply recovery arrangements in UAE;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on major infrastructure project disputes in Qatar;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on disputes with employers and subcontractors in key major infrastructure and real estate projects in Qatar;
  • Representing a Korean industrial conglomerate in its dispute with an international contractor worth QAR 30 million;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on subcontract dispute in Qatar;
  • Advising major Korean contractor on drafting legal opinions on numerous aspects of Qatari law as well as opinions on particular disputes;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on civil case regarding Hamad Medical City Project in Qatar;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on dispute with subcontractor in Qatar;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on potential dispute with Qatar Public Works Authority;
  • Advising and acting for major Korean contractor before Saudi courts in relation to disputes with Saudi companies;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on the death of local sponsor in its joint venture in KSA;
  • Acting as Kuwait Legal Counsel for major Korean contractor in the project of the Petroleum Coke Industries Company (PCIC) and represented the company in all its legal matters along with solving litigation disputes with subcontractors of the project;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on litigation regarding Sabiya power station in Kuwait;
  • Advising a Korean manufacturer of fire-proof materials on promissory note against counterparty in Kuwait;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on construction contract dispute with local trading company in Kuwait;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on litigation case filed by Kuwait Municipality;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on construction contract dispute with national petroleum services company in Kuwait;
  • Advising and acting for Korean contractors on construction claims, settlement negotiations and litigation in Jordan and Oman;
  • Advising a Korean contractor on potential dispute in Bahrain;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on potential disputes in Iraq;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on construction contract dispute with its subcontractor in Abu Dhabi in relation to the delay and prolongation costs ;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on the payment dispute with its subcontractor in Abu Dhabi valued over USD 3 million in connection with the transfer of debts;
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on the payment dispute with its Saudi Arabian subcontractor valued over USD 4 million before the Saudi Arabian court;
  • Advising and acting for a Korean contractor before the Saudi Arabian enforcement court for enforcement of a final judgement rendered by the Korean court;
  • Advising a major Korean electronics company on the dispute with a local distributor;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on the tax dispute with GAZT in KSA;
  • Advising major Korean contractor on legal notice in respect of assignment of proceeds and potential disputes before Abu Dhabi Court;
  • Advising and acting for major Korean contractors on the litigation case filed by its subcontractors in Abu Dhabi
  • Advising and representing a Korean contractor on resolving Ministry of Labour fines and renewal of its license in Abu Dhabi
  • Advising and acting for a major Korean contractor on the payment dispute with its subcontractor in Abu Dhabi
  • Advising a major Korean construction company regularly by drafting legal opinions on numerous aspects of Qatari law as well as opinions on particular disputes;
  • Advising a Korean construction company in a dispute against a Saudi Arabian subcontractor pending before the Abu Dhabi court;
  • Advising and representing a Korean defense company in Korean domestic litigation worth over USD 100 million related to a transfer of the right to produce jet fighters;

 

Construction & Infrastructure (Non-contentious)

  • Advising Korea Land & Housing Corporation in relation to the development of South Saad Al-Abdullah New Town Project in Kuwait;
  • Advising Incheon International Airport Corporation in relation to their onshore Kuwait structure and the operation and management of a Kuwait airport terminal 4;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on the residential housing business in Saudi Arabia;
  • Advising a Korean government developer on the feasibility review regarding nuclear power project in Saudi Arabia;
  • Advising Korean contractors advising on force majeure and other contractual issues arising on oil projects in Iraq;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on notice periods for Yanbu II Project in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on the operation of an EPC JV company in KSA in conjunction with the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Saudi Arabia;
  • Advising a major Korean developer on the housing development business in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on general construction contract-related issues in the UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on joint venture agreement in the UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on legal opinion on the UAE’s position on Arab Boycott of Israel;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on joint venture agreement and EPC contracting for Yanbu Jeddah Rail Project in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on construction and project management in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on death of employees in Movenpick Hotels and Resorts in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on employment matters in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on the letter of award from KSA law perspective;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on EPC contract from KSA law perspective;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on working time regulations in Qatar;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on Doha Convention Center Project in Qatar;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on standard documents for building and civil engineering works in Oman;
  • Advising major Korean contractor on joint venture agreement in Bahrain;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on Bismayah New City Project in Iraq;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on Western Breakwater Project in Iraq;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on supply agreement for a project in Iraq;

 

Corporate Commercial

  • Advising a Korean developer on their investment vehicles established in DIFC, targeting IPP and renewable energy projects in the region on management of the companies by providing deal opportunities and development advisory services;
  • Advising a major Korean steel producer on the sale and disposal of assets (including steel fabrication factory) in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on the establishment of an EPC JV company in KSA in conjunction with the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Saudi Arabia (as part of a US $1 billion acquisition in the EPC contractor by the KSA government);
  • Advising a leading Korean motor vehicle group on the establishment of car manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia in conjunction with the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Saudi Arabia;
  • Advising a major Korean energy company on the acquisition of shares in ADNOC’s subsidiary;
  • Advising a major Korean electronics company on the commercial agencies law in KSA;
  • Advising a Korean pharmaceutical company on establishing a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant with Kuwaiti partner in Dubai, UAE;
  • Advising Korean automotive battery manufacturer on establishing a manufacturing plant in UAE;
  • Advising a Korea Health Industry Development Institute (”KHIDI”) on drafting standard contract forms (i.e. healthcare facility management agreement, joint venture agreement, franchise agreement and consultancy agreement), as a resource for Korean healthcare operators seeking to enter, or expand their business operations, in the United Arab Emirates, prepared from a perspective of a foreign-based healthcare operator seeking to collaborate with a local UAE healthcare facility in the UAE;
  • Advising a Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital (operated by Seoul National University Hospital) in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE on its sponsorship arrangement with a local service agent for its branch and various operation and HR-related issues;
  • Advising a major Korean telecommunications company on HR handbook and the standard employment contract in compliance with the UAE labour law;
  • Advising a major Korean electronics company in relation to a number of e-commerce and telecommunication matters in UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean defense company on the termination of joint venture and its restructuring in UAE;
  • Advising a Korea National Oil Corporation who takes a stake in ADNOC’s concession on the operation of its branch and a joint venture in Abu Dhabi with another Korean energy company;
  • Advising a Korea Gas Corporation on various employment issues in UAE and Iraq;
  • Advising a Korea Gas Corporation on amendments to the Arabic text of a gas production services contract in UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean automotive manufacturer on general corporate issues in UAE;
  • Conducting the UAE agency search for Korean automotive manufacturer;
  • Advising various Korean contractors on local sponsorship agreements and local service agent agreements in UAE;
  • Advising a Korea Trade and Promotion Agency on local law and compliance review of its HR handbook for UAE, KSA, Qatar, Oman, Iraq and Algeria;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on the removal of the general manager in its JV in KSA;

 

Banking & Finance

  • Advising a Korean private bank on various standard agreements for business operations in UAE;
  • Advising a Korean private bank on general corporate issues in UAE;
  • Advising a Korean private bank on DIFC data protection laws and regulations;
  • Advising a major Korean private bank on reviewing financial agreements such as loan agreements, intercreditor agreements and security agreements;
  • Advising a Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-Sure) on the guarantee including issuance of legal opinion under UAE law;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on a facility loan agreement from the UAE law perspective;
  • Advising a major Korean private bank on a credit facility under UAE law;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on registration of ships, aircrafts and other assets;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on transaction documents from the Qatari law perspective;
  • Advising a major Korean contractor on security documents from the Qatari law perspective;
  • Advising major Korean contractors on legal opinion from the KSA law perspective;
  • Advising a Korean government-owned bank on legal verification of the agreement;
  • Advising a Korean private bank on loan participation transaction in relation to aircraft leasing from a UAE law perspective;

 

Corporate Structuring

  • Advising a major Korean Contractor on the establishment of an LLC in UAE;
  • Advising a Korean contractor (SME) on the establishment of an LLC in Abu Dhabi, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean ICT company on the closing of a branch in Abu Dhabi, UAE;
  • Advising a Korean government authority on the establishment of a branch office in Abu Dhabi, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean defence company on the establishment of an LLC in Abu Dhabi, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean telecommunications company on setting up an LLC in Abu Dhabi, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean automotive manufacturer on the establishment of a branch office (Quality Control Centre) in Dubai Silicon Oasis, UAE ;
  • Advising a major Korean advertising company on the establishment of a subsidiary in Dubai Media City, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean defence company on the conversion of a representative office to an operating branch in Dubai, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean electronics company on setting up a Joint Venture in Dubai, UAE;
  • Advising a Korean cosmetics manufacturer on the establishment of an LLC in D3, Dubai, , UAE;
  • Advising a Korean contractor on drafting MoA and LLC Nominee protection agreement in setting up an LLC in Dubai, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean defence company on the establishment of Freezone entity in Dubai, UAE;
  • Advising a Korean private fund on its restructuring in DMCC, Dubai, UAE;
  • Advising a Korean private hospital on setting up a hospital in Fujairah, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean ICT company on the establishment of a joint venture company with local Saudi entity in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean electronics company on the establishment of a scientific and technical office in KSA;
  • Advising a Korean financial institution on the establishment of a construction company in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean defence company on establishment of Technical and Scientific Services Office (TSSO) in KSA;
  • Advising a Korean electric wire manufacturer on setting up a Joint Venture (manufacturing plant) in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean asset management company on setting up a Joint Venture in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean architecture design company on setting up a Joint Venture in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean electronics company on the liquidation and deregistration of its branch in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean advertising company on the shift of its branch in KSA;
  • Advising a Korean company on the expansion of its business activities in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean energy company on the registration of a representative office/LLC in Iraq;
  • Advising a Korean IPP developer on the establishment of a branch office in Jordan;
  • Advising a Korean IT company on the establishment of a branch office in Oman;
  • Advising a Korean contractor on the establishment of a subsidiary in Oman;
  • Advising a major electrical power equipment manufacturer on the establishment of a branch office in Bahrain;
  • Advising a major Korean defense company on setting up a branch in ADGM, Abu Dhabi, UAE;
  • Advising a major electrical power equipment manufacturer on the establishment of subsidiary in KSA;
  • Advising a major Korean solar panel manufacturer on the establishment of a branch in DMCC, Dubai, UAE, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean solar panel manufacturer on the deregistration of a branch in DMCC, Dubai, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean steel manufacturer on the liquidation and deregistration of its subsidiary in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean defense company on setting up a representative office in Abu Dhabi, UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean defense company on the establishment of a branch in Abu Dhabi, UAE

 

Regulatory

  • Advising the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea on anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard measures in the GCC;
  • Advising and acting for Korean automotive battery manufacturer on anti-dumping investigation in KSA;
  • Advising a Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp. on classification, licensing and labelling requirements of various food products in UAE and KSA;
  • Advising major Korean electronics company on various regulatory issues in UAE;
  • Advising a major Korean defence company on certified legalized invoice in UAE;
  • Advising a Korean cosmetics manufacturer on acquisition of a trademark from an Iranian owner;

Financial Crime 

  • Advising a Korean private equity fund on criminal investigation and prosecution matters in UAE and KSA;
  • Advising a Korean hospital on fraud, seizure of the funds, forgery and usage of an informal document in UAE;
  • Advising a Korean company on the anti-bribery law in KSA.

 

Intellectual Property 

  • Advising a Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp. on trademark registration process for various Korean food products and conducting initial search and trademark registrations  in UAE;
  • Advising various Korean patent law firms on patent applications in UAE;
  • Advising a Korean beverage distributor on registering its trademark under multiple classes in UAE;
  • Representing major Korean electronics company in proceedings with criminal actions in respect of product infringement in UAE;
  • Representing a Korean tire manufacturer in its trademark dispute in KSA
  • Advising a Korean manufacturer on registering its trademark in KSA;

 

Other Achievements 

  • Jiwon Ha:
    • Special Advisor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the UAE (2015 ~ Present)
    • Special Advisor, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Dubai (2017 ~ Present)
    • Special Advisor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the State of Qatar (2018 ~ Present)
    • Special Advisor, Korea Health Industry Development Institute (2017 ~ Present)
    • Member of Legal Advisory Group for Overseas Expansion of Small and Medium Enterprises, Ministry of Justice (2016 ~ Present)
    • Regional Governor (Middle East), International Association of Korean Lawyers (“IAKL”)
  • Hyungmin (James) Song:
    • Special Advisor, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the KSA (2018 ~ Present)
    • Special Advisor, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Jeddah (2018 ~ Present)
  • Dukgueun (Thomas) Yun:
    • External Advisor to the Investment Review Committee, Korea Infrastructure & Development Corporation (“KIND”) (2018 ~ Present)

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