Seoul | Cathay Associates

The Seoul, South Korea member of the

Cathay Associates network:

Dikaion Law Group



Established: 2002

Staff: 15

“Try not to be a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

— Albert Einstein

Cathay Associates Seoul’s mission is to satisfy the client with comprehensive legal and advisory services for our clients’ complex business and legal needs. To achieve this, we combine the sophistication and expertise of a traditional law firm with the responsiveness and focus of a boutique law firm.


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Banking & Financing

  • Represented Samsung Investment Trust, KB Asset Management, KDB Asset Management, Choheung Investment Trust in disputes involving investment funds and derivatives

  • Advised Dongyang Financial on matters regarding debt collection activities and represented it in a litigation for cancellation of debtor’s fraudulent transfer

  • Provided advisory service for Meritz Insurance on product design and represented it in an insurance litigation
  • Conducted M&A related asset audits at Shinhan Finance Holdings, Shinhan Bank, Good Morning Shinhan Securities, and many other institutions.

Real Estate & Construction

  • Advised Koramco REITs Management and Trust in connection with the purchase of the Citibank office building

  • Advised clients in connection with acquisition of real estate domestic and offshore such as Mesa Building at Myung-dong, an office building in Redevelopment Area 3 at Yang-dong, and Ubora Tower Building in Dubai, UAE

  • Advised and acted for Kyungnam Industry on the Hangdam island Development Project



  • Advised Hanaro Telecom in respect of its acquisition of Thrunet

  • Advised WiderThan Co. in respect of its acquisition of Gtano (US company)

  • Conducted a legal audit at Lapaz-Halla Cement in connection with a merger and


  • Advised IPIC on its acquisition of Hyundai Oil Bank’s shares by executing call options

  • Advised Samsung Electronics on its joint venture with Toshiba

  • Provided advisory services for the drafting of the Operation Rules and Regulations of Korea Power Exchange and the amending of the Electricity Business Law
  • Conducted a legal audit at Hyundai Autonet concerning a merger and acquisition matter


  • Claims for rectification of corporate taxes based on cancellation of contracts

  • Calculation of acquisition profits in case of M&A among 3 parties

  • Property tax with regard to a trust based on trust laws.





Peter (Weon-Eui) Hong
Managing Partner

Jeong Ho Seo

Chiyoon Oh
Senior Associate




Cathay Associates Seoul is a leading boutique law firm focused on “strategic legal consultation” to businesses. As a boutique law firm composed of attorneys with big firm and in-house experience, we are very confident that clients, facing complex and sophisticated matters, will be satisfied after meeting with our team in Seoul.


Furthermore, we believe in the “voice of the client” and those voices provide the best description of who we are, our values as a professional firm of legal and business advisors, and how we are different from the many other traditional law firms in South Korea.


Fundamentally, we provide high-value services to various businesses in accordance with their comprehensive business needs, including company formation, daily business matters, M&A, capital raising, taxation, litigations and arbitrations.  







In addition to our key practices and key industries, our local specialties include:

  • Fair Trade Law

    We have a strong background and years of expertise in issues relating to fair trade.  Our team assists clients with complex cross-border trade issues to prevent and resolve disputes, allowing for smooth interaction.

  • Cyber Safety/“White Collar Crime"

    Our firm has an established history of creating and executing cyber safety policies for a national agency, giving us an extensive expertise in criminal law issues relating to white collar crime.




9th Fl., Daedong bldg., 51-5, Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea




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