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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 [...]

Chaebol Face 2nd Round of Probes for Bribery Related to Impeached President

Chaebol Face 2nd Round of Probes for Bribery Related to Impeached President

SEOUL, Mar. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s major business groups face another round of investigations for their alleged involvement in the bribery scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, industry and legal sources said Tuesday.Prosecutors at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office took over the bribery case late last month when [...]

Samsung’s Newfound Virtue and Changes to Come

Samsung’s Newfound Virtue and Changes to Come

SEOUL, March 2 (Korea Bizwire) – Following allegations against Samsung Group and its role in President Park Geun-hye’s corruption scandal, and the subsequent arrest of its de facto leader Lee Jae-yong, Korea’s largest conglomerate decided to abolish its future strategy office while introducing a stringent screening procedure for any donations exceeding 1 billion won ($885,347) [...]