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Sheppard Mullin's Nota Bene

May 10, 2023

In this episode, Paul Kim, a partner in Sheppard Mullin’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group, joins host Scott Maberry to discuss recent developments in international policy and law impacting the U.S.-South Korea relationship, including the business significance of President Yoon Suk Yeol's state visit, the North Korean nuclear threat, and efforts to contain China.


What We Discussed in this Episode:

  • What message is Korea sending by bringing the largest Korean companies on the State visit to the United States?

  • What is the state of the North Korean nuclear threat and the allied response?

  • What are some other key aspects of the comprehensive strategic alliance between the U.S. and South Korea?

  • What are the allies doing to contain China from both a security and economic perspective?

  • Where does South Korea's relationship with Japan stand?

  • What's South Korea's position on the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

  • What discussions will the United States and Korea have regarding electric vehicles, semiconductors, and batteries?

  • What is the South Korean perspective on the CHIPs Act and Inflation Reduction Act?

  • What is the South Korean business climate right now?

  • What are the hottest issues for global companies doing business in South Korea and Asia?

  • The last time you were our guest in early 2020 (Episode 69), you made a very accurate prediction regarding a novel virus then circulating in China. Are there any other events you see on the horizon?


About Paul Kim

A partner in Sheppard Mullin's Corporate and Securities Practice Group, Paul Kim also serves as Office Managing Partner and representative, foreign legal consultant for the firm's Seoul office.

Paul's practice focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, venture capital and securities transactions, restructurings and multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has more than 25 years of experience representing a diverse range of clients operating in numerous industries and in many countries, practicing in New York for over 20 years before relocating to Seoul. His clients include private equity funds and investment managers, industrial and manufacturing companies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and commercial banks and other financial institutions.

Paul has particularly broad experience representing Korean, European and U.S. clients in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, restructurings and other matters, and has been recognized on multiple occasions by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific and Asian Legal Business.


About Scott Maberry

As an international trade partner in Governmental Practice, J. Scott Maberry counsels clients on global risk, international trade, and regulation. He is also a past co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group for the Washington D.C. office, serves on the firm's pro bono committee, and is a founding member of the Sheppard Mullin Organizational Integrity Group.

Scott's practice includes representing clients before the U.S. government agencies and international U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), the Department of Commerce Import Administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS). He also represents clients in federal court and grand jury proceedings, as well as those pursuing negotiations and dispute resolution under the World Trade Organization (WTO), North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and other multilateral and bilateral agreements.

A member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, Scott also advises the WEF community in the areas of global risk, international trade, artificial intelligence and values.


Contact Information:

Paul Kim

J. Scott Maberry



U.S. Legal Insights for Korean Businesses

Nota Bene Episode 69 (02.12.2020): Asia Check In: The Coronavirus’s Impact on Business, the Trilateral Summit, and Japan’s Criminal Justice System with Paul Kim


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