Steve is a US attorney and he focuses his practice on representing foreign companies on investments and operations in Korea as well as Korean companies on outbound transactions. Steve has a unique background in that he has experience on the business, as in-house counsel, and has handled both litigation and transactional matters. Prior to joining SEUM, he served as the Chief Legal Officer and Head of Korea of TriBeluga to set up a startup incubator in Korea for the Chinese company. Steve is able to provide legal services to his clients from a unique perspective due to his previous experience both as in-house counsel and investor for TriBeluga. Before joining TriBeluga, Steve was an associate at Bae, Kim & Lee where he handled hundreds of commercial and M&A transactions and represented MNCs and private equity funds in over USD 3 billion in investments.
SEUM is a boutique law firm founded by attorneys from Korea’s top firms. We provide general corporate and litigation legal services in a variety of practice areas and are the leading Korean law firm with respect to startup companies, technology companies and venture capital funds.
SEUM works with Korean and international clients on a regular basis, handling a broad range of local and cross-border matters, to provide clear and practical advice regarding the Korean market. Some of our clients include investment funds such as 500 Startups, Legend Capital, and Mirae Asset; large corporations such as Hanwha, Naver, CJ E&M, and Line; as well as startup companies such as Lezhin Comics, Fly & Company, MangoPlate and JobPlanet. SEUM was one of 15 law firms featured in Asian Legal Business's "Firms to Watch" list for 2017 and selected in 2017 for the second consecutive year by Asian Legal Business as one of the best boutique law firms in Korea.
Many of SEUM’s clients take innovative approaches to tackle difficult challenges arising in this constantly evolving information age. The Korean legal profession struggles to keep pace with the rapid speed of technology and to understand modern companies and entrepreneurs. SEUM takes a different approach by embracing change and striving to be at the forefront of innovation both in Korea and globally. Not only does SEUM enjoy working with technology and startup clients to advise on novel legal issues and create new precedents, but like many of its clients, aims to create a firm culture that is innovative, inclusive and more in-line with the international community in the 21st century.