Sheppard Mullin Opens Seoul Office

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 14:16


Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has announced the opening of a Seoul office in the Mirae Asset CENTER.  The new office, which is the firm’s 16th location, opens following last month’s Korean Bar Association registration of the firm’s foreign legal consultant office in Seoul, the final regulatory step needed by the firm to open a Korean office.  Sheppard Mullin is among the first three law firms in the United States and the European Union approved to open in Korea.
Partner Seth (Byoung Soo) Kim, previously based in Sheppard Mullin's New York and Los Angeles offices and chair of the firm's Korea practice, is the administrative partner of the Seoul office.  Partners Gary Halling and Ken Carl will be integral members of the Korea team and will anchor the U.S.-side of the firm's practice from their offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively.

Sheppard Mullin's Korea-based clients include Samsung, Hyundai Motor, Korea Development Bank, Kookmin Bank, Hana Bank, Woori Bank and Shinhan Bank.

Mr. Kim is a member of Sheppard Mullin's Finance and Bankruptcy practice group.  He specializes in entertainment law, commercial law, bankruptcy, bank regulatory matters, and bank acquisition transactions. Kim is a graduate of Seoul National University.

Mr. Halling is Sheppard Mullin's Antitrust and Trade Regulation practice group leader. He specializes in international antitrust and unfair competition matters, and has extensive experience in civil and criminal antitrust proceedings involving both federal and state enforcement agencies.  He is a former Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Carl is a member of the Finance and Bankruptcy practice group. He specializes in banking law and corporate finance, advising lenders and borrowers in financing transactions and bank clients in regulatory matters.  Carl represents a number of major Korean and U.S. financial institutions and companies, including several S&P 500 members.

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Sheppard Mullin has announced the opening of a Chicago office, the firm's 15th office. Attorneys in the new office, located at Three First National Plaza, include Terrence E. Budny, Kevin M. Cloutier, Lawrence C. Eppley, Patrick J. Maloney, Paul T. Metzger and Kenneth A. Peterson, Jr.  D. Ronald Ryland, the firm's general counsel, will also join the office, relocating from San Francisco. Mr. Eppley joins as managing partner of Sheppard Mullin's new office.

Mr. Budny, who joins as a member of the Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental practice group, concentrates his practice in real estate financing, development and investment.  He has extensive experience in representing buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants in complex real estate transactions throughout the country. 

Mr. Cloutier, who joins as a member of the Labor and Employment practice group, focuses on all areas of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on employment-related litigation and proactive counseling of clients.  He has litigation and first-chair trial experience before state and federal trial and appellate courts all over the country, arbitrators, FINRA, the National Labor Relations Board, and administrative agencies. 

Mr. Eppley, who joins as a member of the Corporate practice group, concentrates his practice in acquisition, real estate finance, development, public and private finance, joint ventures and raising equity. He has considerable experience with middle-market and emerging growth companies and was general counsel to one of Chicago's fastest growing companies. His clients rely on him as their principal outside legal counsel.

Mr. Maloney, who joins as a member of the Corporate practice group, concentrates his practice in public and private merger and acquisition transactions, public and private securities offerings and securities law compliance matters, and corporate governance issues.  He has handled numerous negotiated mergers (including public company mergers), stock and asset acquisitions, going private transactions, and divisional carve-outs.

Mr. Metzger, who joins as a member of the Tax, Employee Benefits, and Trusts and Estates practice group, concentrates his practice in the federal income tax aspects of business transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions and the use of limited liability companies and partnerships in business transactions. 

Mr. Peterson, who joins as a member of the Finance and Bankruptcy practice group, concentrates his practice on corporate and municipal finance. He provides representation to lenders, investors, borrowers and guarantors in connection with U.S. denominated and multi-currency senior, mezzanine and subordinated corporate financing transactions. 

Mr. Ryland, a member of the California, New York and District of Columbia bars, serves as the firm's general counsel. Prior to assuming that role, he was a business litigator and bankruptcy lawyer for nearly 40 years, with a substantial focus on the representation of financial institutions and other creditors.

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Simon Kai-Tse Cheong has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm's Corporate and Finance and Bankruptcy practice groups, based in the firm's Beijing office. Cheong joins from the Chinese law firm Zhong Lun in Beijing. 

Mr. Cheong has more than 16 years experience advising multinational companies and financial institutions on cross-border M&A and financing matters.  In addition to his private practice experience, he served as senior counsel for the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) and was responsible for managing the IFC’s legal activities in mainland China. Mr. Cheong representative clients have included major multilateral and government institutions such as the IFC, China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund, the Swedish Export Credit Corporation, KfW IPEX-Bank, and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.