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Client Alert March 14, 2024

How Activist Investors Can Protect Their Rights Amid Family Succession Struggles at Korean Chaebols

  • Opportunities for activist investors in Korea are expanding, but as an ongoing dispute involving LG shows, corporate succession disputes involving chaebols can be a source of risk.
  • These family struggles can lead to attempts at corporate changes that conflict with the interests of minority shareholders.
  • Investors and activists should understand the risks and their options by working with international counsel to protect their rights.

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Client Alert June 29, 2023

Lessons Learned for Activist Investors: The 2023 Korea Annual General Meeting Season

  • 2023 has continued a trend of increasingly energetic shareholder activism in Korea.
  • The most recent annual general meeting season has shed light on the paths activist investors can take to increase their chances of success.
  • Our team explores the main takeaways and lessons learned from the season.

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Client Alert June 15, 2023

Opportunities for Global and Local Activist Investors are Growing in Korea

  • Recent developments in the Korean legal landscape have been in activist investors’ favor, opening new opportunities to assert their rights and interests in Korean companies.
  • Still, the intricacies of the Korean market and the dominance of chaebols mean investors should still tread carefully.
  • Creative strategies that navigate these complexities can bring investors the greatest chances of success.

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Client Alert January 18, 2023

Opportunities for Foreign Activist Investors to Take Advantage of Korea’s Shifting Corporate Landscape

  • The Korean corporate landscape is becoming more favorable for activist campaigns.
  • Foreign activist investors have new opportunities to push for change and maximize value, even against the biggest chaebols.
  • Our team explains what these developments mean and how investors can take advantage.

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Client Alert December 7, 2022

Enforcing Minority Shareholder Rights in Asia: A Comparative Guide to Just and Equitable Winding Up

  • Minority shareholders have options to stand up to majority shareholders and directors, such as unfair prejudice claims or derivative actions.
  • However, if these do not achieve the desired result, one more tool is available to exert pressure: a just and equitable winding up.
  • We lay out how this tool can be applied in five key jurisdictions for corporate structures in Asia.

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Client Alert October 12, 2022

Maximize Shareholder Value: Activist Investor Strategies in Korea

  • Recent developments in Korea have made Korean chaebols attractive to overseas activist investors.
  • However, the intricacies of Korean capital markets and legal practice, and the influence of chaebols, mean investors need to tread carefully.
  • Only by engaging in creative strategies that consider local and overseas factors can investors have the greatest chance of maximizing shareholder value.

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Client Alert August 31, 2022

Enforcing Minority Shareholder Rights in Asia: A Comparative Guide to Derivative Actions

  • Minority shareholders may be surprised to learn that they have effective options when a director or other fiduciary has harmed the company.
  • However, the situation may be complicated when structures cross borders, as many corporate structures in Asia do, including spreading offshore.
  • Our Claim Monetization team explores how shareholders can deploy derivative actions in five key jurisdictions across Asia Pacific, the UK and the Caribbean as part of an effective cross-border strategy.

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Client Alert July 26, 2022

Enforcing Minority Shareholder Rights in Asia: A Comparative Guide to Unfair Prejudice

  • Minority shareholders may have certain remedies available when they feel their rights have been unfairly prejudiced by the majority.
  • However, the situation may be complicated when structures cross borders – typical corporate structures in Asia may spread across offshore and other key regions.
  • Our Claim Monetization team lays out the basic parameters of the tools open to minority shareholders across five key jurisdictions.

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Client Alert September 15, 2021

Minority Shareholders Gain Tools Against Corporate Abuse in Korea

  • Minority shareholders of South Korean industrial conglomerates, or “chaebols,” have had few ways to protect their interests against controlling shareholders.
  • However, with the passage of new amendments to the Korea Commercial Code (KCC), minority shareholders have gained new tools to even the playing field.
  • Our Claim Monetization and Dilution team looks at the key changes and implications that minority shareholders and activist investors should know about.

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