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Equity share acquisition (new or existing shares)

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NOTIFICATION OF OR APPLICATION FOR PERMISSION OF FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT BY MEANS OF ACQUIRING EQUITY SHARES OR CONTRIBUTION
  • Notification of or application(in advance) for permission of foreign direct investment by means of acquiring new equity shares or contribution※ Articles 5 and 6 CAPITAL INVEST-MENT
    1. Application for review/certification of specification of capital goods introduced(to the delegated agency)
    2. Custom clearance of capital goods(Customs)
    3. Application for certification of completion of investment in kind(to the Korea Customs Service official dispatched to KOTRA)
    4. Registration of incorporation (capital increase) and business registration
    5. Registration of foreign-invested business (new application): Article 21 of the Act, Article 27 of its Enforcement Decree
    CASH INVESTMENT
    1. REMITTANCE OF INVESTMENT FUNDS (THROUGH BANK OR HAND-CARRIED VIA CUSTOMS)
    2. Deposit of paymentfor shares
    3. Registration of incorporation (capital increase) and business registration
    4. Registration of foreign-invested business (new application): Article 21 of the Act, Article 27 of its Enforcement Decree
  • Notification of or application (in advance/afterward*) for permission of foreign direct investment by means of acquiring existing equity shares※ Articles 5 and 6 * Registration of acquired existing equity shares of a listed company within 60 days afterward CASH
    1. REMITTANCE OF INVESTMENT FUNDS (THROUGH BANK OR HAND-CARRIED VIA CUSTOMS)
    2. Settlement ofstock price
    3. Registration of foreign-invested business (new application): Article 21 of the Act, Article 27 of its Enforcement Decree
  • Notification of equity share acquisition based on merger(within 60 days afterward)※ Article 5 (Subparagraphs 2 through 6, Paragraph 2)
      • Capital increase without consideration(Capitalization of reserves, revaluation reserve, etc.)
      • Corporate merger,division, inclusiveshare exchange or assignment
      • Purchase, inheritance, bequest, or donation by a foreigner
      • Reinvestment of proceeds (cash dividend, share dividend)
      • Conversion of convertible or exchangeable bonds, depositoryreceipts to equity shares
    1. Registration of foreign-invested business (new application): Article 21 of the Act, Article 27 of its Enforcement Decree
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Long-term loan

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  1. REGISTRATION OF FOREIGN-INVESTED BUSINESS
  2. CONCLUSION OF LONG-TERM LOAN AGREEMENT
  3. NOTIFICATION OF FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT BY MEANS OF LONG-TERM LOAN
  4. REMITTANCE OF LOAN PROCEEDS
  • [Appendix 1] Businesses Excluded from Foreign Investment p214 [Download]
  • [Appendix 2] Business with Restrictive Foreign Investment and Criteria for Permission (pursuant to Article 5) p216 [Download]