Our Team


Steve Ahn    Partner

Steve is a partner in SEUM’s corporate group. He is a US attorney and he focuses his practice on representing foreign companies in connection with investments and operations in Korea, as well as Korean companies in connection with cross-border transactions. Steve also co-leads SEUM’s startups and venture capital practice and blockchain/cryptocurrency team, advising foreign companies and entrepreneurs on various issues in Korea and Korean companies related to their expansion into overseas markets.

Prior to joining SEUM, Steve served as the Chief Legal Officer and Head of Korea for startup incubator TriBeluga. Before TriBeluga, Steve worked at a leading traditional Korean law firm, where he represented MNCs and private equity funds on a wide range of legal matters including investments, commercial and employment matters and data privacy.                
Practice Area
M&A, cross-border investment, venture capital, startup and emerging companies, corporate/commercial matters, joint ventures, employment, real estate, blockchain, cryptocurrency, initial coin offerings                
Qualification
2006    Illinois                
Education
2006    Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
2002    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign                
Experience
2016-present  SEUM
2014-16     TriBeluga – Chief Legal Officer / Head of Korea
2008-14     Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
2006-08     Sedgwick LLP                
Representative Matters
                        Blockchain / Cryptocurrency
 • Represented MediBloc, a Gibraltar-based digital healthcare company, in connection with its initial coin offering of 5 billion MED tokens (ticker symbol MED)
 • Represented Cube Intelligence, a UK-based network security company for regular and self-driving automobiles, in connection with its initial coin offering (ticker symbol AUTO)
 • Represented Huiseoul, a Hong Kong-based cosmetics e-commerce company, with respect to its initial coin offering of 500 million COSM tokens (ticker symbol COSM)
 • Advised Zilliqa, eCare Token, and Fishcoin in connection with marketing of initial coin offerings to the Korean market
 • Advise Huobi, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the world, in connection with regulatory and general corporate matters
 • Advise Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange, a Gibraltar-based cryptocurrency exchange, in connection with regulatory and general corporate matters
 • Advise Hashed, a leading Korea-based crypto investor and accelerator, in connection with investment, regulatory and crypto fund matters
 • Advise Cipher Technology Fund, a leading US-based crypto hedge fund, in connection with investment and regulatory matters

M&A / Venture Capital / Investment
 • Represented shareholders of Fly&Company Inc., the company operating mobile food delivery app Foodfly, in connection with sale of their shares to RGP Korea, the Korea-arm of Berlin-based Delivery Hero Group
 • Represented Fluenty, a Korean startup developing interactive artificial intelligence platforms, with respect to the sale of its key technology and assets, as well as transfer of its employees, to Samsung Electronics
 • Represented the shareholders of ICTK Co., Ltd., a global testing service provider, in connection with the sale of their majority stake to Bureau Veritas, a publicly listed French international certification agency
 • Represented Affinity Equity Partners, one of the largest dedicated Asian private equity firms, in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Loen Entertainment, a leading Korean record label and digital music platform, for a purchase price of KRW 265.9 billion (~USD 239 million)
 • Represented MKS Instruments, Inc., a NASDAQ-listed global provider of instruments, subsystems and process control solutions, in connection with its acquisition of Plasmart, Inc., a Korean radio frequency plasma generation and monitoring systems manufacturer
 • Represented GE Healthcare, a NYSE-listed subsidiary of General Electric Co., that operates various healthcare businesses globally, in connection with its acquisition of certain mammography assets of Rayence, a subsidiary of Vatech Co., Ltd., a Korean X-Ray manufacturer
 • Represented Autoliv Inc., the world's largest automotive safety supplier with headquarters in Sweden, in connection with its acquisition of the seatbelt and airbag business of Delphi Korea Co., Ltd. 
 • Represented SBS Media Holdings, the holding company operating SBS, one of Korea's leading broadcast networks, in connection with a joint venture formed with ESPN Star Sports, a joint venture between two of the world's leading cable and satellite broadcasters (Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.) and News Corporation Limited (STAR)), to showcase a list of international sports content and local sports programming in Korea
 • Advise and represent 500 Startups, a US-based early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator, in connection with regulatory and general corporate matters, as well as investment financing 
 • Advise and represent Goodwater Capital, a US-based venture capital firm specializing in startups, early stage and growth capital, in connection with regulatory and investment financing
 • Advise and represent Legend Capital Management Co., Ltd., the China-based private equity and venture capital arm of Legend Holdings Ltd. making investments in a broad range of companies, in connection with regulatory and general corporate matters, as well as investment financing
 • Advise and represent FirstFloor Capital Sdn Bhd, a Malaysia-based venture capital firm specializing in late venture and growth capital, in connection with regulatory and general corporate matters, as well as investment financing
 • Advise and represent FuturePlay, a startup accelerator, in connection with investment and general corporate matters

General Startup Matters
 • Advise MangoPlate, Inc., a review forum which publishes crowd-sourced reviews about local dining options via a mobile app, in connection with regulatory and general corporate matters
 • Advise Coherent Labs, a US-based company that develops and delivers graphical user interface systems for game development, in connection with employment and general corporate matters
 • Advise Klook, a Hong Kong-based company that sells travel activities across Asia, in connection with employment and general corporate matters
 • Advise DarcMatter, a US-based global fintech platform that provides investors with direct access to funds in the alternative investment industry, in connection with employment and general corporate matters
 • Advise FleetUP, a US-based company providing electronic logging devices (ELD) and hours of service (HOS) compliance solutions, in connection with employment and general corporate matters
 • Advise Ujet, a US-based company providing enterprise software to improve customer support, in connection with employment and general corporate matters
 • Advise Insider, a Singapore-based marketing analytics company, in connection with employment and general corporate matters
 • Advise TravelFlan, a Hong Kong based traveltech company that provides a text-based virtual assistant on-demand service related to travel information, in connection with employment and general corporate matters                    


Steve Ahn

E-mail.steve.ahn@seumlaw.com

Tel.+82.2.562.3133
Fax.+82.2.562.3393