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Stricter Rules Eyed for ‘Unfair’ Deals Favoring Firms Run by Chaebol Founding Family Members

Stricter Rules Eyed for ‘Unfair’ Deals Favoring Firms Run by Chaebol Founding Family Members

SEJONG, Apr. 10 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s corporate watchdog said Tuesday that the revised enforcement ordinance of anti-trust laws will restrict deals that favor companies owned by the founding family members of large businesses. The change that will come into force soon aims to prevent arrangements that give unfair advantages to certain firms and [...]

Antitrust Chief Urges Voluntary Change of Conglomerates

Antitrust Chief Urges Voluntary Change of Conglomerates

SEJONG, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — The head of South Korea’s antitrust watchdog said he expects the country’s large businesses groups to voluntarily reform their cobweb-like family-run governance structures to meet market expectations and promote fair competition. “I once again reaffirm that I will never be pushy and coercive in carrying out reform on conglomerates,” [...]

Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee ‘s Offshore Account May Cost Him at Insurance Subsidiary

Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun-hee ‘s Offshore Account May Cost Him at Insurance Subsidiary

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee’s position as the largest stakeholder of Samsung Life Insurance is in jeopardy after speculation over the existence of a secret offshore account was corroborated in a National Policy Committee meeting held on November 27. Politician Park Chan-dae said, “Chairman Lee’s eligibility as the largest stakeholder [...]

Chaebol Rankings Seesaw Over Two Decades

Chaebol Rankings Seesaw Over Two Decades

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Korea Bizwire) — Nearly two-thirds of South Korea’s top 30 conglomerates have been dissolved or dropped out of the standings since the 1997 Asian financial crisis, a market tracker said Wednesday. According to corporate tracker CEO Score, 19 family-controlled conglomerates, called chaebol here, disappeared altogether from the list with the remainder maintaining [...]

Children of Chaebol Owners Control 100 Billion Won Worth of Stocks

Children of Chaebol Owners Control 100 Billion Won Worth of Stocks

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – Scores of children of the owners of nine conglomerates in South Korea have more than 100 billion won (US$88.2 million) worth of stocks in related companies, government data showed Thursday, amid the owners preferring the early transfer of assets to their offspring to reduce inheritance tax down the road. The amount [...]

Lotte to Invest Additional $300 Million into Chinese Operations

Lotte to Invest Additional $300 Million into Chinese Operations

SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s retail giant Lotte said Thursday it will inject another $300 million into its hypermarket chain in China, which is bearing the brunt of Beijing’s apparent economic retaliation over Seoul’s deployment of a U.S. missile defense system. Lotte Mart, the operator of the group’s hypermarket chain, said Lotte [...]

FTC to Strengthen Financial Punishment against Intra-group Trading

FTC to Strengthen Financial Punishment against Intra-group Trading

SEJONG, May 25 (Korea Bizwire) — The nominee of South Korea’s corporate watchdog said Wednesday that the government will strengthen punishments against “funneling of business” practices within conglomerates as he pushes forward his pledge to establish fair trade. “It is necessary to intensify financial sanctions such as increasing fines against illegal intra-group trading,” Kim Sang-jo, [...]

Antitrust Regulator to Scrutinize 4 Major Conglomerates: Nominee

Antitrust Regulator to Scrutinize 4 Major Conglomerates: Nominee

SEOUL, May 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The nominee to head South Korea’s antitrust regulator pledged Thursday to scrutinize four major conglomerates as he seeks to establish fair competition in Asia’s fourth-largest economy. “I will assess issues related to the four major groups in a more thorough manner when the Fair Trade Commission implements laws,” Kim [...]