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Sean Hayes

IPG Legal

Tel: 82 70 7847 9050
Email: SeanHayes@ipglegal.com


Key practice areas

Franchisors; defence companies; chemical companies; industrials; startups



  • Con. court of Korea, Research Officer
  • Kookmin Univ., Law Professor
  • Seoul National University, Adj. professor
  • Korea Times, Columnist / Ombudsmen
  • Seoul National University Law, Ph.D. Cand.
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Gerson Lehrman Group, Counsel Member

Sean Hayes is the first non-Korean employed as an attorney by the Korean courts and one of the first non-Koreans to be a full-time regular member of a Korean law faculty. Sean is known, over his 16+ years in Korea, for his aggressive advocacy and candid NY-style street-smart advice. His firm is renowned for taking on some of the most contentious matters in Korea in a non-conflicted and proactive manner. Sean is also one of the few attorneys in Asia that has experience managing non-consulting companies. He worked as an interim general manager/HR manager for oil & gas, new tech, pharmaceutical, franchise and manufacturing companies. He regularly appears in and is quoted by international media organizations including the NY Times, Wall Street Journal and international law journals. IPG Legal, Sean’s firm is, often, chosen over the ubiquitous Korean law firms when unconflicted and aggressive representation is essential for success. IPG has been recognized by numerous legal publications and rating agencies as a leading firm practicing in Asia.

Sean and IPG have successfully assisted in bringing into Asia numerous brands, oil & gas, manufacturers, defence companies, real estate, franchises, entertainment and new-tech companies. IPG has, also, been involved in some of the most noteworthy contentious matters via arbitration and litigation in Asia.

Sean is a regular contributor to the Korean Law Blog (www.thekoreanlawblog.com).

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